William "Billy" Smith, 65, of Holden, passed away on Saturday, February 26, after a brief illness surrounded in love by his beloved family and cherished friends.
Billy is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Mary Ellen (Francese) Smith, his four daughters Ashley Doherty and husband Mark of Worcester, Shannon Smith of Worcester, Christina Olson and husband Jeff of Paxton, and Kathleen Smith of Holden. His two grandsons William and Quinn Doherty, three granddaughters Vera Doherty, Mae, and Harper Olson. There was nothing Billy loved more than his bride "May," his four girls, and his five "chuckleheads."
Billy also leaves his four siblings Elizabeth Foley and husband Bob, Eddie Smith and wife Linda, Jimmy Smith and wife Carleen, Theresa Smith, and sister-in-law Patricia Bilodeau. Additionally, Billy leaves many nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles, and dear friends who will hold his memories and stories forever in their hearts.
Billy was born in Worcester to the late James and Elizabeth Smith. Billy was a proud St. Stephen's alum and Holy Name class of 1974 graduate. Following high school, Billy completed his post-graduation work at Worcester Boys Trade and became a Journeyman Plumber.
Billy was at his happiest at Hermit Island surrounded by his family and friends telling stories, with a grandkid or two on his lap by the glow of a campfire. Billy enjoyed many trips to Cape Cod, days out on his Hobie Cat and boat, fishing with his grandkids, and watching the sun rise.
Billy loved to give his time and skills and especially loved his years volunteering for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and Joseph's Project Food Pantry. We want to thank the caring and loving nurses at St. Vincent's Hospital, especially Cassandra, Sam, and Mike.
A period of calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2022, from 9 am to 12 noon with his memorial service immediately following at 12 noon in the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St., Worcester. In lieu of flowers, Billy’s family has asked that you remember him by paying it forward with an act of kindness and love or you can donate in his name to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation at: JDRF, PO BOX 37920, Boone, IA 50037-0920