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William R. Handrahan

William R. Handrahan of Hingham, died peacefully at Sunrise Assisted Living in Cohasset, at age 90, January 15, 2015, surrounded by family, after a recent period of failing health. He was the last surviving child of the large Handrahan family of Hull. Bill attended and played football at Hingham High School, Thayer Academy, and Ohio State University. He proudly enlisted and served as a PFC-Chief Gunner in World War II. He bravely fought in the European Theater, including the Battle of the Bulge, and traveled as a post war USO entertainer. He worked as a U.S. Government employee for over 40 years. He was a longtime member and volunteer of St. Pauls Catholic Church and School including CCD, CYO, many fundraisers, and served as an usher. In the community, he volunteered his time for Habitat for Humanity. Bill was a lifelong lover of sports and was an outstanding athlete at football, baseball, softball, hockey, golf, and swimming. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, cooking, and was a lover of the ocean. A longtime mentor, coach, manager, referee, he was an avid fan of the Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins. His family was the center of his life. He always had a smile on his face, a song in his heart, and a whistle on his lips. Happy to share a joke, a story, and a laugh, he was a shining example of what a man can be. He was the beloved husband of 63 years of Ann (Rogers) Handrahan; father of Christine Schroeder and her husband Steve of Templeton, Michael Handrahan and his wife Gail of Weymouth, Jack Handrahan and his wife Lauren of Elmore, Vt., Mark Handrahan and his wife Liz of Scituate, Patty Bean and her husband David of Sedro Woolley, Wash., MaryBeth Logg and her husband John of Scituate, and Kate Nelson and her husband Kevin of Long Valley, N.J. Also survived by his grandchildren, Kristy, Caitlyn, Daniel, Nathan, Julie, Gabriel, Anna, Sean, Sarah, Nicholas, Mikah, Mariah, Cassandra, Josh, the late Michael Paul; and several great-grandchildren. Visiting hours were Sunday, Jan. 18, 1- 4 p.m. in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St. (off Central St.), Hingham. The funeral Mass was held Monday in St. Pauls Church, Hingham, at 11:30 a.m. Burial in St. Pauls Cemetery, Hingham. Donations may be made to the Handrahan Scholarship Fund, Saint Paul School, 18 Fearing Rd., Hingham, MA 02043. See or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

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