|Bill A. MacNeill|
Bill A. MacNeill passed to eternal life on May 27, 2014. Father to Andrew '78, John '83, Larry '84 grandfather to Conor '15, Kyle '16, Cade '18. Please keep the entire MacNeill family in your thoughts and prayers during this time. Friend, educator, mentor, coach and Director of Development were just a few of the hats Bill MacNeill wore for BC High.
His career began in 1956 and for the next 35 years Bill served as teacher, coach and later vice president for development. Many teachers looked to Bill as paving the way for their own teaching careers. In 1971, recognizing the declining Jesuit endowment, Bill established the first development program in collaboration with the alumni office headed by Rev. Francis J. Mahoney, SJ. During his time, he implemented a class agent system, Golden Reunions, The Magis Guild, Businessman’s Luncheons, and Ignatius Awards making BC High a model for Catholic school fundraising in the area.
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“One of the roles we see for the school is to provide a kid who’s from a lower or middle income family the opportunity to get a superior education.” Bill often remarked, so much so, that he created the Development office to raise money for financial aid. More than 40 years ago, Bill understood the importance of increased financial assistance to provide the opportunity for all students, regardless of socio-economic background to attend BC High.
Although officially retiring in 1991, Bill remained involved at BC High with their family scholarship, annual alumni receptions and through his two grandsons Conor ’15 and Kyle '16. Bill was a man that truly lived the mission of BC High and he will be missed deeply by this community. To read an article that was published recently by Bill in the BC High Today
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Relatives and Friends are invited to attend funeral services from McNamara/Sparrell Funeral Home, 10 Summer St, Cohasset, MA from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2014. A Mass of Christian Burial commemorating Bill’s life will be held on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church, 1 Summer St, Cohasset, MA.
MacNeill, William A., 84 of Scituate died May 27, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of 41 years to Carol A. (Lawson Hart) MacNeill, pre-deceased by first wife Bridget (Riordan) and son Peter MacNeill. Loving father of Maura and her husband James Hilliard of Florida, Bridget of Florida, Adrienne (Mindy) and her husband Steve Boudreau of Andover, Andrew and his wife Elizabeth Tiley of Northampton, Lisa Prince of Bourne, Joan and Dan Fratkin of New Hampshire, Linda Giovannucci and her husband Anthony of Scituate, John and his wife Molly of Scituate, Larry of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Cherished “Ging” to his grand-children Caroline, Madeline, Fiona, Bridget, Conor, Kyle, Emma, Cade, Lillie, Carleigh, and his treasured Bichon Lexus.
He is also survived by his sisters Barbara Cataldo of Norwood , Sally Petrucci and her husband Louis of Norwood, Micki Scarlata and her husband Anthony (Scal) of Westwood, and Edna Gately of Randolph.
Bill served at BC High for 35 years as a teacher, coach and administrator. He retired as Vice President for Development of Boston College High School where he established the BC High Development Program. Among his achievements during his tenure were the Star Complex/ Viola Stadium which gave the school its first home fields since 1918, the McNeice Pavillion, a 40,000 square foot all-purpose facility, and the Magis Guild, an important funding source for the school.
In collaboration with Rev. Francis Mahoney, S.J. he created a vibrant alumni structure and program involving the several thousand BC High graduates throughout the world.
He was the founder and President of the New England Association of Catholic Development Officers (NEACDO now ACAAP). This all volunteer organization has served Catholic schools for over 30 years, providing conferences, workshops, and other forms of support.
After his retirement from BC High in 1991 he acted as a consultant to Catholic Schools and institutions throughout the country, including 7 years as Director of Development for the Catholic Schools of West Virginia. He was an instructor in the Catholic Leadership Program at Boston College as well as the graduate education programs at both Emmanuel College in Boston and Loyola College in Baltimore. He was also a Senior Partner of Partners in Mission, a national school consulting organization.
He was honored by the National Catholic Education Association for his outstanding leadership in the field of development.
A noted track coach at BC High and Boston College, he is a member of the BC High Athletic Hall of Fame.
This year at BC High, Bill was presented with the prestigious Shields Medal. The Shields Medal honors character and service and is an award bestowed on a member of the BC High community who, though not an alumnus, has come to recognize and then commit himself to the powerful experience BC High offers.
A native of Roxbury, he resided in Scituate for over 50 years. A veteran of World War II and Korea, he served in Europe and Korea. After his service, he returned to Boston College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1956 continuing on to receive his advanced degree from Boston College in 1959.
He was a past Commodore of the Scituate Harbor Yacht Club.
Relatives and Friends are invited to attend funeral services from McNamara/Sparrell Funeral Home, 10 Summer St, Cohasset, MA from 4PM to 8PM on Sunday, June 1,2014.
A Mass of Christian Burial commemorating Bill’s life will be held on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 10 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, 1 Summer St, Cohasset MA. For the first time in 84 years, Bill promises not to be late. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William A MacNeill Scholarship, c/o Boston College High School Advancement Office, 150 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125. Or to donate online visitwww.bchigh.edu/give
Mrs. Sheila Becker-Gailius, a beloved teacher at BC High for the past 30 years, passed to eternal life on March 9, 2014 after a hard-fought battle with ovarian cancer. Please keep the entire Gailius family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Sheila’s career began on Morrissey Boulevard in the fall of 1984 when she began teaching French in the Modern Language Department. Her teaching, counseling and ministry spanned three decades and touched the lives of many students, parents, faculty and staff. Aside from teaching French and Spanish, Sheila was instrumental in developing the school’s outreach and support programs for the sons of new immigrants entering the BC High community. Sheila created and staffed the school’s initial tutorial programs for students for whom English was a second language. Her work went beyond language instruction as she helped families connect with social service agencies, helping them establish roots in their new home.
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Sheila also served as a role model to other women who joined BC High as teachers. Fellow faculty member Liz O’Donnell remembers, "In my first few years here, we could count the number of women faculty on two hands, and when I had a challenging situation I was directed to talk to Sheila. She shared her sadness and vulnerabilities and showed me her strength and grace. Sheila was one of a few women who taught while her children were young. She paved the way for so many of the working mothers in our community. In every aspect of her life as a wife, mother, teacher, colleague and friend, she showed unwavering grace and humility and how to walk humbly with God."
Sheila was a life-long learner as well as a teacher. She completed advanced degrees in French, English as a Second Language and most recently, Developmental Psychology.
Sheila met her husband, Gib Gailius, when he joined the Modern Language Department in 1988, and they married in 1992. Their love for one another became the foundation of a family that grew to include six beautiful children. This love also led to a commitment to live out the Gospel of compassion and service that included, but went well beyond the school in which they both worked. With their growing family they became partners in service at St. Mary of the Hills Parish and School. Sharing their faith and love they were partners in offering marriage preparation classes for parishes in the Milton area, and with their strong belief in social justice together they were partners in their commitment to be of service to the poor in Haiti.
Sheila is survived by her loving husband and fellow member of the BC High faculty, Gib Gailius, along with their six children, Tim ’11, Caroline, Jeff ’15, Jeanna, Jonathan, and Kevin.
Sheila Ann (Becker) Gailius, of Milton, March 9, 2014. Beloved wife of 21 years of Gib Gailius. Daughter of Cecilia and the late Robert L. Becker of Ashland. Mother of Tim, Caroline, Jeffrey, Jeanna, Jonathan and Kevin. Sister of Teresa Martinez and her husband David of Providence, RI. (and aunt to their children Michael, Christina, Marianna, John and James), Ed Becker and his wife Dawn of Lutz, FL (and aunt to their children Claire and Grace), and Fr. Dan Becker of Warren, MA. Daughter-in-law of Gil and Lil Gailius of Sanibel, FL. Sister-in-law to Greg and Loretta Gailius of Newton (and aunt to Vanessa), Gary and Laura August of Carlsbad, CA (and aunt to their children Dana, Barrett and Brent), Toby and Louise Duys of Derry, NH (and aunt to their children Andrea, Danny and Sarah), Bob and Linda Adams of Falmouth, ME (and aunt to their children Maddy, Ellie and Charlie) and Gary and Tatiana Gailius of Phoenix, AZ (and aunt to Leo). Sheila was a dedicated French, Spanish and ESL teacher to thousands of students over her 30 years at Boston College High School and 3 years at Notre Dame Academy of Hingham. Visiting hours at Boston College High School on Friday, March 14 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Mass at Boston College High School on Saturday, March 15 at 10:00 a.m., followed by burial at Milton Cemetery. Sheila had a special love for the country and people of Haiti, making three trips over the years to help bring health care and solar energy to impoverished communities. In lieu of flowers, Sheila and Gib kindly request a contribution to Let’s Share the Sun Foundation which will provide a decorated solar lantern with your family name to be displayed at the wake and then transported to schoolchildren and their families in Haiti. www.letssharethesun.org
|Larry Blake '60|In 1967, Larry began his teaching career at BC High in the mathematics department. His career spanned more than four decades on Morrissey Boulevard and in 1983 Larry was appointed as the first lay Principal of the school.
During his tenure, Larry had the vision and the commitment to create the Director of Diversity position. Larry believed deeply that the students learned, as much from one another, as they did from the faculty. Knowing full well that BC High's enrollment should reflect both urban and suburban, white and non-white students, he and fellow administrators remained focused on admissions and how it would affect the direction of BC High through the 1970's and 1980's. This focus would reflect the true mission of which BC High was founded and we thank him for his commitment that has paved the way to the vibrant community we are today.
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