William Desmond Pettaway

William Desmond Pettaway, 76, of Hyde Park, died at home surrounded by his family on October 4, 2016.

He was a firefighter with the Boston Fire Department, retiring in 2005 after 30 years of service. He loved it and would still be doing that if he could.

He was the loving husband of Margaret Tucker Pettaway; dear father of Erik Pettaway and his wife Margaret, Lynne Pettaway, the late William Pettaway; loving grandfather of Erik H. Pettaway and Dennis Jones and 2 great-grandchildren.

At William’s request, there will be no services.

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  1. Katherine Lea Roberts on October 6, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Uncle Willie, my only uncle on my mother’s side, you will be dearly missed. I am so happy that I was able to get to see you last year, and regret the years of disconnect. You will always hold a special place in my heart. You are now resting peacefully with your loved ones. You have many who love you and we will see each other again, this I know. Love your niece Kathey

  2. Shantelle Williams on October 6, 2016 at 1:34 am

    Hi, Willie.

    I am your great niece; your sister Dolores was my grandmother. Regrettably, I never had the chance to meet you, but I know how my my mother and aunts and other family members love you so much. Rest peacefully, and please tell my Grammy hello. Lots of love.

  3. Charnya Thompson on October 6, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    This is one of the most heart felt men I have had in my life, thank you for being that second dad during my hard teenage years and beyond, it broke my heart to hear of the news of your passing, we lost a great one, and I am glad I had the pleasure to see you a few more times over the summer.

    You will be very much missed, you are one of the great ones…

    Rest In Paradise….Mr P ???

  4. David and Michele Uhrig on October 6, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    To Peggy and family. So sorry to hear of Willy’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Robert Crawford on October 7, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Bob & Barbara Crawford 10-7-16

    Dear Peggy and family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Willie’s passing. Working with him
    at Engine 33 and Ladder 15 for 15 years was a real pleasure.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time.
    Bob and Barbara

  6. Michael Westwater on October 9, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Our deepest condolences, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Pettaway family.

  7. Ed Doherty on October 9, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    My condolences to Eric and family on the loss of your father. Willie was a true gentleman. It was a joy to work with him at Engine 33 and Ladder 15 he will be missed. God Bless, Eddie Doherty and family

  8. Billy Owens on October 10, 2016 at 11:26 am

    My Condolences to the Pettaway family on the loss of a truly great man. My memories of working with willie on the BFD ( Eng 33 / Lad 15 ) will always stay strong in my heart, his support will never be forgotten. Rest in peace

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