Mr. William Burke High

  • Born: December 8, 1936
  • Died: June 28, 2019
  • Location: Reading, Massachusetts

Doherty Barile Family Funeral Home

11 Linden Street
Reading, MA 01867

Tel. 781.944.1589

Tribute & Message From The Family

William Burke High, of Reading, Friday, June 28, 2019, at the age of 82. Husband of the late Della (Moore) High. Son of the late Ernest and Mary (Burke) High. Brother of the late Ann (High) Mahoney. Father of Ann Norton and her husband Paul and Timothy High and his wife Amy. Step Father of Marci Silvano and her husband David. Grandfather of Ryan High, Margaret Norton, Abigail and Margaret High, Michael and Michaila Silvano and the late Matthew Silvano. Great grandfather of Isla and Madeline Silvano.

Bill was a veteran, having served in the United States Army and was an avid golfer. He worked for the Town of Reading as a civil engineer for 44 years.

Funeral from the Doherty-Barile Family Funeral Home, 11 Linden St., READING on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 at 9:30am followed by a Funeral Mass Celebrating Bill's Eternal Life at St. Athanasius Church, 300 Haverhill St., Reading, at 10:30am.

Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with Bill's family a t the funeral home on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 from 4 to 8pm. Parking attendants and elevator are available.

Interment will be in Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading.

Please consider making a donation in Bill's Memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

We just arrived back from Ireland and we were so sad to heard of Bill's passing. We have been in this neighborhood with Billy across the street for 33 years. It just won't be the same without him!! So sorry for your loss.g7rnp Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Posted by Kathy and Tony Cail - Reading, MA - Neighbor   July 07, 2019

So,sorry for your loss

Posted by Kevin Stanton - Melrose, MA - Friend   July 02, 2019

Ann and Tim:
i was saddened to read of your Dad's passing. We had many good times together that I will always remember. Condolences to you and your families

Posted by David Carroll - WILMINGTON, MA - Friend   July 02, 2019

Sylvia and I have many good memories of visits to Reading, Wakefield area to visit Della and Billy.. Always most gracious hosts and fun to be around.
We also enjoyed multiple visits from them to to our home in NB at the time. Enough stories from both places to keep us entertained for many years to come.
Thanks Billy. Rest in peace .


Posted by Roger Robinson - Airdrie, Alberta Canada - Family   July 01, 2019

Posted by Jake Devaney    July 01, 2019


Dear Annie.

I was shocked to hear about Billy's death. I am s o sorry for your loss. He was great to be around, I loved his stories about Maine.

I'll never forget him in work at the town hall he kept us all in stitches.

He will be missed.

Loretta & Don Beaird

Posted by Loretta Beaird - Reading, MA - Friend   July 01, 2019

I am sorry for your loss Tim and family. I will pray for your peace at this time.

Posted by Sandra Hamilton - Melrose, MA - Family Friend   July 01, 2019

I loved the story cousin Billy told me about when not too long ago a friend from the Legion, I believe, offered to take him up in a plane during one of his lessons. Billy was thrilled when he got his hands on the throttle and actually flew the plane! It especially made it more thrilling knowing that his family knew nothing about this escapade. What I most appreciate about him was his dry wit, much like his mother's, and his love of family. Blessings on all of you!

Posted by MaryRose (Macklin) Ferguson - Reading, MA - Family   June 30, 2019

Sorry to hear about this. My brother Jake and I played golf many times with Bill, including the memorable day (as Jake has already mentioned) when Bill got a hole in one on the 7th hole at Rockport Country Club. Rest in Peace Bill.

Posted by Bob Devaney - Oakland, CA - Friend   June 30, 2019

I'm so sad to hear about Bill's passing. In school we called him "Billie." He was my neighbor and childhood friend, plus Jr. High and Reading High friend. We hung out in a big neighborhood bunch of friends. He was a great & fun guy to be friends with. from jean corindia.

Posted by jean corindia - Reading, MA - Classmate   June 30, 2019

We are very sad for your loss.

Posted by Bob & Gina & Jonathan Higgins - Wells, ME - Family   June 30, 2019

Sorry to hear about my buddy Bill, I shared a lot of laughs, a few drinks, and several rounds of golf with Bill, including the time Bill had a hole in one at Rockport Country Club. RIP

Posted by Jake Devaney - Reading, MA - Friend   June 29, 2019

Tom & I are so sorry to hear this. He was an awesome guy.

Posted by Cindy Ward - North Andover, MA - Friend   June 29, 2019

Marcia and family, sorry for your loss with your step-father's passing. I am your mother's 1st cousin from Hoyt, NB Canada

Posted by Dorothy Moore - Hoyt, NB - Family   June 29, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. That smile shows what a wonderful person and gift he was in your life. God bless you and be with you. Love, the Riccis

Posted by JANETandTED RICCI - PELHAM, NH - Friend   June 29, 2019

Best to you and your family Ann sorry for your loss The Gately Family

Posted by John Gately - Melrose, MA - Friend   June 29, 2019

Annie and Tim, we are so very sad to hear about your Dad. Billy was such a great guy and fun to be with. Our thoughts are with you in this time of sadness. Nancy and Drew

Posted by Nancy MacLeod - Lake Havasu City, AZ   June 28, 2019