William K. “Bill” Mackey, of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, died peacefully in Boston on Saturday, July 6, at the age of 87.
He is survived by his loving wife and life partner of 58 years, Winnie; his son William T. “Tim” Mackey and spouse Carol Lee Rawn of Cambridge, Massachusetts; and his son Cameron K. Mackey and spouse Susana of New Canaan, Connecticut. He is also survived by his brother Edward S. “Scudder” Mackey of Jupiter, Florida. Bill also leaves his six grandchildren: Brita, Anna, William, Colin, Logan and Hunter Mackey. Bill is preceded in death by his daughter Abigail B. Mackey and his sister Christine Mackey.
Bill was born on March 31, 1932, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He attended Princeton University, graduating in 1954, and Harvard Law School, earning his law degree in 1959. Bill would go on to practice law in Boston, Osterville, and Falmouth, continuing his work up until the time of his death.
He married Winnie Crane on April 22nd, 1961, in Dalton, Massachusetts. The couple resided in Brooklyn Heights (NY), Winchester, Milton and finally Woods Hole, welcoming their three children and six grandchildren into the family. In their later years, Bill and Winnie shared a life by the sea, filled with travel, golf, and engagement with the community.
Bill was a loving husband, father and grandfather, whose overarching values of kindness, simplicity, family and community guided him throughout his life. A big-hearted man with a modest demeanor, he thrived at making others feel important and respected. He deeply valued his day-to-day interactions with his friends and his community in Woods Hole. He will be remembered as a passionate baseball fan, tennis player, reader, and an avid swimmer and cyclist -- enjoying swims and bike rides even in his final days.
A brief celebration of his life will be held on the 2nd of August at 4:00 pm at his home, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greater Yellowstone Coalition http://greateryellowstone.org or the Cape Cod Community College Education Foundation https://www.ccccfoundation.org/ in memory of William K Mackey.