Willian C. Gean

a retired tool maker, died Sunday February 15 at Caritas Carney Hospital. He was 97 years old.

Born and raised in Ipswich, one of fourteen children, he moved to Boston early in life to work as a cobbler. He then went to work as a tool maker for Mason Neilon Regulator in Dorchester Lower Mills and later when they moved to Norwood.

Mr. Gean enjoyed fishing, golfing, travelling and was a sports enthusiast.

Affectionately known as “Grampy”, Bill gave of his time, money and heart to all who knew him, but especially to his four grandsons following the deaths of their own fathers. He was a constant presence in their lives. His charm, wit and the ever present, mischievous twinkle in his eyes will be sorely missed.

Beloved husband of the late Anna M. (Shea). Dear father of Margaret (Peg) Ryan of Plymouth and the late William (Billy) Gean. Devoted grandfather of James D. Ryan of Hollywood, FL, Michael W. Ryan of Sandwich, Shaun W. Gean of Quincy and Christian S. Gean of Hingham. Dear father-in-law of Anne Marie Gean of Hingham. Loving great-grandfather of John M. Ryan and Colleen E. Ryan of Sandwich. Brother of Irene Geanakakis, George Geanakakis, Jim Geanakakis and Connie Gean.

Funeral service at St. Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Church, 119 Common St., Braintree, Thursday February 19 at 10:00 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, MILTON, Wednesday 3-7 PM. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to Caritas Carney Hospital ICU, 2100 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, 02124.