William M. Kearns


William Michael Kearns 93, of Milton, MA suddenly on Thursday, January 1, 2015.Beloved husband of the late Phoebe (Wilson) Kearns, father of Carol Kearns Andrews of Milton and Michael Kearns of Somerville; Grandfather of Isabel Andrews of Milton; Brother and brother-in-law of Catherine Kearns (and the late Daniel Kearns) of Cohasset, Elaine and Thomas Russo of Wayland, and the late Frances Muller and husband Paul of Belmont, Grace Hanley and husband George of Watertown, and Rosemary Kearns and her former husband Robert Nolan, Sr. of Quincy; Godfather of nieces Judith Curtain of Waltham, Ellen Hanley of Watertown, and Siobhan Nolan of Quincy; He leaves many more surviving extended family and friends. He leaves a close, loving family in Ireland, especially in Athenry, Galway, the Kearns family home.  He leaves loving family in England, the Lees, related to his late wife Phoebe, and remains in close contact with them. He was a graduate of Watertown High School and Tufts University, and is in both athletic Halls of Fame, among others. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S Navy in World War II, in the North Atlantic and Pacific. After the war, he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers as a player, and remained in professional baseball for nearly 70 years as a coach and scout. After the Dodgers he worked for the Chicago White Sox, the Kansas City Royals and since 1976, with the Seattle Mariners.  Bill also taught math and coached basketball in South Boston, Somerset and Weymouth. He loved his family and his many friends near and far, and his wonderful life in the family of Major League Baseball. He was an avid golfer and longtime member of the Wollaston Golf Club in Milton, and cherished his friendships there. He was a constant reader, loved words and great writing, and always had a couple of dogs at his side, especially Border Collies.  He lived a full, passionate, and generous life and will be forever missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Agatha’s Church, Mon. Jan. 5, at 10:30 am. Visiting Hours in the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Ave., MILTON VILLAGE, Sun. 2-5pm. Interment Milton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation at www.pbsfonline.com