William Anthony Hurley

July 25, 1933 ~ January 29, 2019 (age 85)

William Anthony Hurley, age 85, of Cohasset, MA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. William was born on July 25, 1933 in Fall River, MA. His parents, who predeceased him, were the Honorable Joseph L. Hurley, former Lieutenant Governor of the State of Massachusetts and later Superior Court Justice, and his mother, Celeste J. (Tracy) Hurley. He is survived by his wife of fifty years, W. Mary (Potter) Hurley, and their four daughters and sons-in-law, Anna Grudinskas and husband Derek, Elizabeth Iandoli and husband Daniel, Mary Hession and husband Michael, and Josephine White and husband Michael, all of Cohasset. He is also survived by fifteen grandchildren, Madeline, Elsie, William, Hannah, Michael, Charles, Sophia, Jacob, Max, Rose, Ryan, Libby, Tessa, Susan and Kate, and his two brothers, John T. Hurley of Oneonta, NY, and the late Father Joseph T. Hurley, C.S.S.R. Additionally, he is survived by many cousins. He attended Monsignor Coyle High School in Taunton, Massachusetts. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester in 1955, after which he worked for the National Labor Relations Board of the Federal government. As an avid, lifelong runner, Bill started most of his days with a run, and he’d long since traded pounding the pavement for laps around the more forgiving Cohasset Common turf. He was a lover of classical music and appreciative of jazz. As a devout Catholic, Bill attended daily mass, and he enjoyed gathering with friends after church. He was a history and sports enthusiast with a warmhearted spirit who was known for his friendly and outgoing nature. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Bill’s life during visiting hours on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, 160 So. Main St. (across from St. Anthony Church), Cohasset followed immediately by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony Church, Cohasset. Interment Woodside Cemetery, Cohasset . In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Bill may be made to the Cohasset Education Foundation (CEF) at

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