Established the football program at Arlington Catholic

Published in the November 29, 2017 edition

LYNNFIELD — William J. Formosi, 83, of Lynnfield and a native of Everett, died in Lynn on Nov. 24, 2017. He was born in Everett on May 21, 1934 and was the son of the late Michael and Mary (Manotta) Formosi.

Mr. Formosi was raised in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School, where he was a standout in both football and baseball. He later attended and graduated from Boston University where he continued his baseball career and then on to semi-pro baseball. He later earned a master’s degree in Science from Syracuse University. Mr. Formosi remained active in athletics and helped establish the football program at Arlington Catholic High School where he coached for many years. He retired as a teacher from the Pickering Junior High School of Lynn. He was also an avid gardener.

He was the beloved husband of Flora M. (McLaughlin) Formosi. He was the loving father of William H. Formosi of Groveland; Catherine M. Formosi of Stoneham; Michael H. Formosi of Amherst; Andrea M. Burke of South Boston; and Linda M. McCormick of Lynnfield. He was the devoted grandfather of Katie, Nick, Emma, Jack, Colin, Keeva and Malachy. He was also the brother of the late Eva Covino, Virginia Roberts, Josephine Fordi and Frances Kerns.

His funeral was held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Wednesday, followed by a funeral Mass in St. Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield. Visitation for relatives and friends was held at the funeral home Tuesday.