William Joseph O'Rourke

July 1, 1927November 5, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of William (Bill) O’Rourke, age 93, share that he passed away peacefully on November 5, 2020. Born in 1927 in Cambridge, MA to John and Ellen (McKeon) O’Rourke. Following graduation from the former Cambridge Rindge and Latin Technical High School, Bill enlisted in the US Navy and served from 1945 to 1946.

Bill completed his BA in Education from Boston University and Masters in Math Education from the former Boston State College. He retired after 36 years of teaching from the Town of Weston where he was a math teacher at the Weston Middle School.

Bill enjoyed 58 years of marriage to his devoted wife Margaret “Peggy” Gorman O’Rourke previously of Newton, MA to whom he was a dedicated and caring husband. He is predeceased by his siblings, Mary O’Rourke, Dorothy Lyons, John O’Rourke, Helen O’Rourke, Teresa Boardman, Margaret McBride and Barbara McCarthy.

He leaves his children Patty (Michael) Boucher of Grafton, Beth (Frank) Arego of Medway, Janet (Philip) Marrone of Wayland and Bill (Marianne) O’Rourke of North Attleboro.

His proudest achievement was being Papa to his beloved grandchildren, to whom he demonstrated an ability to love, encourage and support infinitely. Matthew Boucher, Ryan, Caitlyn, Timothy and Nicholas Arego, Laura Marrone and Daniel and Megan O’Rourke are truly blessed to have had him in their lives.

Family and friends will honor and remember Bill’s life by gathering for a private visitation and funeral mass at St George Church, 74 School Street, Framingham, MA. Burial with military honors will follow at Mount Wadsworth Cemetery in Sudbury, MA. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date when conditions allow.

If you wish to remember Bill, in lieu of flowers, please donate in his name to VNA Hospice and Palliative Care, 120 Thomas St, Worcester, MA 01608, VNA Care at, or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Waldenstrom's), 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605. .



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John MacKinnon III

November 18, 2020

Dear O'Rourke Family,

I was very saddened to hear the news of Mr. O'Rourke's passing. My days growing up on Brookdale Road in Sudbury wouldn't be the same if it weren't for Mr. O'Rourke's friendly waves and smiles. Thanks to him and your entire family for being such great neighbors and friends throughout the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Please know that we are always here for you guys.

John MacKinnon III

Gregory Manning

November 17, 2020

Hello Aunt Peggy, Patty, Beth, Janet, and Bill,
I remember all the great times that we spent with him at your home when we came back to visit as children. I am grateful for Uncle Bill also serving as my Godfather at my Baptism. We are keeping his soul and all of you in our prayers.
God Bless and Love,

Laurel MacKinnon

November 10, 2020

We were so sad to hear today of the passing of Mr. O’Rourke. He was a kind and friendly neighbor and we will always remember seeing him on his mower cutting the grass, with a huge smile and wave. Our condolences to Mrs. O’Rourke and family. Please know that we are here if you need us at any time.
Our love and prayers,
Laurel, Chris and Molly MacKinnon

Howie Neild

November 9, 2020

To the O’Rourke Family,
I am so sorry to read of Bill’s passing. I was a rookie teacher in ‘68 and a BU alum so it was only natural for Bill to offer some of his teaching hints to a fellow “Terrier”. I will forever cherish his friendship . It was a pleasure be his colleague. Rest In Peace my friend.

Dominick Marrone

November 7, 2020

When I think about some of the finest people I have met in life, Mr. O'Rourke is absolutely at the top of my list. He was someone that you could look to as a model for how to be as a father and as a husband. Not having a father figure in my life, Mr. O'Rourke provided me with a good example of how a family man should be. I am terribly sorry to the O'rourke family for their loss. However, I would like them to know that his impact as a adored man in this world lives on with all of us.

Beth Murphy

November 6, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. O'Rourke's passing. As a kid I remember playing with Billy while his dad was either mowing the lawn or fixing things around the house. Those were simpler times. My sincerest condolences to you, Mrs. O'Rourke, and of course Patty, Mary Beth, Janet, and Bill. Sending you all prayers.

Frank DiPace

November 6, 2020

Alice and I are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I know he had a family that loved him. If we can help in any way please let us know.


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