Former Medford city councilor, beloved longtime Medford teacher and guidance counselor
William A. Carr passed away peacefully at his home in Medford, MA, on September 20. He was
87 years old. Bill was born in 1935 in Cambridge, MA and moved to Medford in 1947.
Bill’s lasting legacy is his extensive service to his community and country. Throughout his entire
life, Bill was a leader in countless community and sports organizations.
After graduating from Boston College High School in 1952 and Boston College in 1956 with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Bill’s life of service began in the US Army from 1957-59,
where he was a soldier of the Cold War serving in Oberursel, Germany at the US 513 th Military
Returning to Medford, Bill received his Master of Education from Boston State College and soon
found a teaching job in 1961 at the Lincoln Junior High School in Medford, where he met the
love of his life, fellow teacher Janet Hamilton. They were married on December 28,1963 at St.
Luke’s Church in Belmont, MA.
Bill and Janet were married for 45 years until her passing in 2009. Bill is survived by his children
William A. Carr, Jr., and his wife Beth (Kelley) Carr of Medford, MA; Douglas Carr and his wife
Donna Laquidara-Carr, of Medford, MA; Maura (Carr) Rauseo and her husband Keith Rauseo of
Tewksbury, MA; and Gregory Carr and his wife Jessica (Holt) Carr of Lexington, MA.
Seven grandchildren also survive Bill - Jefferson Rauseo and his wife Coryana (Prendable)
Rauseo, Hayley Carr, Matthew Rauseo, Benjamin Rauseo, Kelley Carr, Nolan Carr, and Daniel
Carr. Bill became a great-grandfather in 2021 with the birth of Samuel Rauseo.
Bill was pre-deceased by his wife Janet (1940-2009), brother Francis Carr Jr. (1929-2011) and
sister Eleanor (Carr) McCarron (1932-2021). Bill is also survived by his younger sister Janet
(Carr) Hart with whom he shared a close and supportive relationship for his entire life right up
until his passing.
Bill was a sports guy his whole life. He played basketball, baseball and volleyball growing up
and later coached football, basketball, West Medford/Hillside Little League and American Legion
Baseball. He loved watching Boston sports and had Celtics season tickets for the Larry Bird era,
Red Sox season tickets in later years, and attended many Boston College football games.
Bill was active in St. Joseph’s Church and was a major contributor to the Malden Irish-American
Association, where he helped organize events, and served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-
President, and President. Bill wrote the first history of the Malden Irish-American Association in
Bill taught for thirty-seven years in the Medford School System at the Lincoln Junior High and at
Medford High School from 1961-1986, primarily teaching English. In 1987, Bill moved to the
guidance department, where he brought innovative ideas and initiatives to the department.
Bill was awarded the Keys to the City of Medford in 1995 at his 60 th birthday party in recognition of his longtime service and contributions to Medford.
After retirement, Bill’s next step was local politics. In 2001 Bill was elected to the Medford City
Council and served two terms.
Bill was a soldier, husband, father, teacher, coach, guidance counselor, city councilor, and a
good citizen of Medford. He will be greatly missed.
Visiting hours at the Dello Russo Family Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford, will be held on
Wednesday, Sept. 28th, from 4 to 8 p.m.
After gathering at the Dello Russo Family Funeral Home at 9 a.m., a Funeral Mass will be
celebrated at St. Clement Church 60 Warner St., Medford, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 th
followed by burial at the Oak Grove Cemetery at 230 Playstead Road in Medford.