Friday, August 6, 2010

In Memoriam: William J. Monahan

William J. Monahan, a master electrician who worked for MGH Buildings and Grounds for 10 years, died suddenly July 14. He was 54.

Monahan was a lifelong resident of Somerville and a talented singer and guitarist who went by the stage name "The Reverend Will." He enjoyed playing Sunday blues and Friday night jams with "The Barn Owls."

"Each year, Willie entertained everyone at the Christmas jam session at MGH East," says Joseph L. Gagnon, operations manager for MGH East Buildings and Grounds. "Although he will be missed in life, he will always be in our hearts. Willie was that one person who made our shop a sort of family. We all have our differences, likes and dreams, and Willie was the one who always believed we could work through any differences. He was a good, hardworking man, an honest man, trustworthy and loyal to his beliefs, but most of all a good friend."

Monahan is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sister, Janice Taranto; brother, Robert; and many nieces and nephews. In celebration of Monahan's life, a blues jam session will be held Aug. 21 from 11 am to 4 pm at VFW Post 1012 at 114 Mystic Ave. in Medford, Mass.

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