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William C. Dean, Jr.

William C. Dean, Jr. 78, husband of Marsha A. (Greenwood) Dean of Main Street, Rowley, died Thursday, December 8, 2022 in the Massachusetts General Hospital following his extended illness.

Born in Providence, RI on December 4, 1944, he was one of the three children of the late William C. and Margaret L. (East) Dean.

Bill was a 1962 graduate of Warwick Veterans High School, a 1963 graduate of Bridgeton Academy, 1967 graduate of Nichols College with a bachelor’s degree and a 1972 graduate of Northeastern University with a Master’s degree. The Deans married in 1965 and made their home in central Mass before their move to Newburyport, where they lived for eight years, and then their most recent move to Rowley where they have lived for the past twenty years. Throughout these years Bill was employed as a software engineer for SAP. During his employment he travelled the world often accompanied by his wife Marsha. Until his recent illness he led a very active lifestyle. He enjoyed playing ‘pickle ball,’ boating local waters with  family from their Little Neck seasonal home, bicycling, photography, woodworking and motorcycling.

In addition to his wife Marsha of fifty-seven years, he is survived by two sons, Michael K. Dean and his companion Judith McInnis of Ipswich, Matthew W. Dean and his wife Ginette of Pelham, NY; two grandchildren, Simone Dean and Violet Dean both of Pelham, NY; a brother, David Dean and his wife Susan of Cranston, RI; a sister, Holly Okerholm and her husband William of Warwick, RI and several nephews and nieces.

His funeral service will be held Monday, December 19 at 11 am in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Family and friends are cordially welcomed. Visiting hours will be held Sunday 4 to 7 pm. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to MGH Bone Marrow Transfer Unit, Fund #028543 and or Friends of Mass. General Cancer Center, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114


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