William “Bill” Fenwick Macmillan Jr, 80, died peacefully on August 4, 2022, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Nancy (Penney) Macmillan, to whom he shared a life with for 57 years. He was the son of the late William Fenwick Macmillan and Irene M (Cousins) Macmillan.
Bill was a lifelong resident of Hopkinton and a 1959 graduate of Hopkinton High School where he was an all-around athlete. He was honored to serve his country in the United States Navy on the USS Bexar through the missile crisis in Cuba. He went on to a career building pumping stations throughout New England but his real passion was athletics and coaching youth sports.
He touched hundreds of young athletes over the years, including coaching Hopkinton’s first youth football team. Hockey was near and dear to his heart. Coaching the Hopkinton Hornets and Triboro youth hockey teams brought him such joy as he loved seeing young talent develop on the ice. He was actively involved in his children’s and grandchildren’s athletics and seemed to always be on the road to one game or another. Music was his second language and we will forever miss his voice. He could name any 50’s tune in 3 notes and could flawlessly sing every word with perfect pitch.
In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his children William Macmillan III and his wife Ursula of Milton, Brenda Macmillan and her partner Paul of Pelham, New Hampshire, Karen Schiloski of Mendon, Laura Doherty and her husband Tim of Gray Court, South Carolina and Daniel Macmillan and his wife Caroline of Hopkinton. He also leaves his beloved grandchildren Stephanie, Maxwell, Lindsay, Kylie, Sarah, Peter, Jessica, John, William IV, Emma, Joseph, Patrick, Jackson, Senan and Kiernan and his four great grandchildren James, Bryleigh, Connor and Timothy with another blessing on the way in October. Bill is also survived by his brother David “Jeff” and his wife Norma of Hopkinton, his sister Martha Banks and her husband Stephen of Worcester, his brother Michael and his wife Margaret of Walpole and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held Monday, August 8, 2022 from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street. A funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church at 10:30 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton. Calling hours at the funeral home are Sunday, August 7, 2022 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider extending a hand to those who willingly sacrifice each day to provide our freedom and security through a donation in Bill’s name to the Gary Sinise Foundation, PO Box 40726, Nashville, TN 37204 or garysinisefoundation.org.