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William "Billy" Caton
  • Bread of Life
    109 Madison Street
    Malden, MA 02148
  • Wakefield Food Pantry
    PO Box 1624
    Wakefield, MA 01880

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“Dear Phyllis, Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family at this most difficult time. Even though we're neighbors, we hardly ever saw you...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Janet Bloom - Wakefield, MA

“Phyllis was sorry to hear about your husband Bill's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love Pat Foley ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Pat Foley - Family

“Dear Phyllis, Our Sincere condolences to you and family. Bill will be greatly missed on the porch in Fla. where we all became friends.It was...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Joseph & Virginia Augello - PA

“My sincerest condolences to Phyllis and his family. Bill will be greatly missed here in Hollywood. He loved to keep busy always working around the...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Don Hanson - Hollywood, FL

“Dear Phyllis, our thoughts and our prayers are with you at this very sad time. Billy is at peace with the Lord. ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: St. Florence, St..Joseph's Our Lady's Sodality Spinosa - MA

“Our hearts are heavy Phyllis. Remembering Billy's warm smile and cunning sense of humor brings us joy---and oh the apple pie, pretty as a picture and...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Alice & Nick Bentz - Reading, PA

“Dear Phyllis, Ken and I were so shocked and saddened to see Bill´s name listed in the Globe today. Although we have only known you both for a short...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Karen, Ken and Bailey - Other

“Phyllis, We are all asking our Lord to comfort you at this time and bring you peace. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Knit, Pray, Purl group, St. Joseph, Wakefield

“My love to you at this difficult time. Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers. Donna Brehaut ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Donna Brehaut

“We've known Billy & Phyllis for almost forever......so many family gatherings and events, from picnics to weddings, to birthdays, to visits. But our...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Rick & Barb Bentz

“Dear Phyllis, Joe & I are so very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Sending thoughts and prayers to you at this very sad time. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Maureen & Joe Demers - Revere, MA

“Phyllis, Jule, Amy & Bon,I'm so sorry to hear about Billy. I'm so glad we got to see him at Amy and Chris' wedding. It was a special moment to see...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Denise Collins

“Dear Phyllis and Family,We were so sorry to learn of Bill's passing. He is now receiving his well-deserved reward in heaven, welcomed by Jesus for a...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Bob and Mary Ann Bell - Stoneham, MA

“Dear PhyllisOur deepest love & sympathyHope you feel our hugs.Love Marie, Christy & AnnMarie ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Marie Adinolfi - Wakefield, MA


William George "Billy" Caton of Wakefield, Massachusetts, passed away on November 26, 2022, after a brief illness. He was 79 years old.

Billy – he rarely went by William – is survived by his wife, Phyllis Caton née Bryson; his sister Kathleen Lepore and her husband John; his sisters-in-law Bonnie-Ellen Bryson and Theresa Caton; nephew John Caton, Jr. and his wife Denise, his niece Cynthia Erb and her husband John, his niece Kristen Hughes, his niece Julie-Ann Bryson and her husband Brant, his niece Amy Bryson and her husband Chris, and his niece Robin St. Germain. He leaves behind an extended loving family of grandnieces, grandnephews, and neighbors who felt more like family. He is predeceased by his younger brother John "Jack" Caton and his brother-in-law William Bryson.

Born in Boston and raised in Revere, Massachusetts, Billy was a third-generation fire sprinkler fitter and a proud member of the Sprinkler Fitters union, Local 550. He was a man of many skills and hobbies – an inveterate putterer and a voracious reader who also loved assembling model ships, gardening in his yard, raising and caring for dogs (both his own and those of his loved ones), and keeping his cars in a state of high shine. A quiet man, he nonetheless possessed a sharp wit and a great sense of humor. He did not suffer fools but would do anything for his friends and especially for his family.

Billy married Phyllis in 1964 at Our Lady of Grace Church in Chelsea, Massachusetts. At the time, he was only 20 years old. They spent the next 58 years together; practically their entire lives. In retirement, they traveled to nearly every corner of the globe – to ports throughout Europe and South America and the Caribbean. They wintered in Florida and barbequed by their pool in the summer. It was a great life and he lived it well.

Billy was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Wakefield.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield prior to the mass from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

The family requests that those wishing to remember Billy's life make a donation in his memory to Bread of Life (109 Madison Street, Malden MA 02148 or BreadofLifeMalden.org) or Wakefield Food Pantry (467 Main Street, Wakefield MA or WakefieldFoodPantry.org) in lieu of sending flowers.