Billy was born in Framingham, son of the late William G. and Florence (Toner) Schofield. He was in one of the first graduating classes at Assabet Valley in 1979 after growing up in Hudson, a town he loved.
He leaves behind his family, a dear aunt, Carle Russell; sister Janet Temple; sister and favorite brother-in-law, Jeanne and Mike Geary; sister Terri Kurgan and her boyfriend Kevin Casey; nieces Kelly and Wendy Temple, Sabrina, Lindsey, and Jennifer Geary, Casey Bidleman, Maila Kulis, Katarina Kurgan, and Lacy Demers; nephews Michael Patrick Geary, Mitchell Kurgan, Kane Demers, and Eli Becker; and among all the friends he leaves behind, John Welch, who has been more like a brother.
Throughout his life he has worn many hats in many fields, most recently loving working on boats at J&B’s Auto and Marine Repair in Hudson. After having worked a long number of years with friend Ray Poirier at Ray’s Concrete, he found working on boats at “the shop” to be a nice reprieve from the much more arduous task of hard physical labor.
Anyone who knew him knows what he loved most: Boston sports, especially going to Patriot games, fishing with JB and the rest of his crew, and, most of all, spending time with family. Whether it be in Maine on vacation, telling the kids not to run on the cement, eating lobster on the patio, buying everyone taffy, or sunning on the beach with the boogie board. Getting together for birthday dinners and Holidays, we always knew to have extra food on hand. He also cherished caring for his two pets, his cat “Jack” and his beloved dog “Jake,” and helping to occupy his youngest nieces and nephews.
He was always more than willing to share stories and lessons for all that would listen, and even sometimes when we weren’t. He was caring and thoughtful with a tough exterior. His loud raspy voice and bold bright personality would lighten up the darkest room. For his friends and family to say they have lost someone special would be a complete understatement, more accurately we lost a piece of our hearts the night Billy/Sco/Brother/Uncle was taken from us.
He always meant what he said, and said what he meant, and that’s what he will be remembered and cherished most for.
We know we will be alright because although he is not here to watch over us, he will be up there, another angel in Heaven, making sure we are all “taken care of.”
A funeral mass will be celebrated Monday, Oct. 19, at 9 a.m., in Saint Michael’s Church, 21 Manning St., Hudson. Burial services will be held privately at the convenience of the family in Forestvale Cemetery, Hudson. Family and friends may attend calling hour Sunday, Oct. 18, from 2-5 p.m., at the Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, 50 Central St., Hudson.
In lieu of flowers donations in memory of William may be made to MSPCA-Angell, 350 S Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.