470 Massachusetts Avenue, Acton MA 01720


William M. Primiano

William M. Primiano

Thursday, February 27th, 2020
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William M. Primiano, 73, a life long Maynard, MA resident, and a retired Deputy Chief of the Acton, MA Fire Department, died peacefully Thursday, February 27, 2020 in Concord. He was the beloved husband of the late Jerilyn "Lyn" (Dee) Primiano, to whom he was married for 51 years at the time of her passing in 2017. He is survived by their two children, Jack Primiano and wife Karen, and Karen Sawisch and husband Joe, all of Maynard; 5 grandchildren, Sean and Mia, and Natalie, Adam and Harry; a brother John Primiano and his wife Mary of East Bridgewater, MA; and nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Born in Concord, Ma and raised in Maynard, Bill was the son of the late Louis and Ann T. (O'Toole) Primiano. He graduated from Maynard High School then began his career in fire service with the Town of Maynard. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1966, serving honorably during the Vietnam War. He returned to his position with the Town of Maynard then joined the Acton Fire Department as a firefighter in October, 1975. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1987, then to Deputy Chief in 1993 before retiring in July, 2002. He was very instrumental in both the Emergency Medical Services and fire prevention programs in town.

Bill was a proud "Maynard guy" and followed the Maynard High sports teams, rarely missing a football game. He enjoyed coaching his son Jack's youth sports teams, and later assisted Jack in coaching the next generation of Maynard football players. In his free time Bill liked to golf and ride his motorcycle. He enjoyed jogging, and trained for and completed the Boston Marathon. He especially loved spending time with his family and through the years attended all the activities of his children and grandchildren.

Visiting hours are Monday, March 2nd from 4:00-7:00P.M. at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Avenue (Rte 111) Acton. The funeral service will be Tuesday, March 3rd at 10:00 A.M. at the funeral home, with burial with military honors following in Glenwood Cemetery, Great Road entrance, Maynard. Those who wish may make memorial gifts in Bill's name to the Maynard Booster Club, P.O. Box 438, Maynard, MA 01754. Memorial page actonfuneralhome.com

(Acton Fire Patch image used with express written permission of the Town of Acton Fire Department.)
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Acton Funeral Home
    470 Massachusetts Avenue
    ACTON, MA 01720
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Those who wish may make memorial gifts in Bill's name to the Maynard Booster Club, P.O. Box 438, Maynard, MA 01754
  • Service

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 10:00am
    Acton Funeral Home
    470 Massachusetts Avenue
    ACTON, MA 01720
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Nicholas C. Ciccone, Jr.
  • Interment

    Glenwood Cemetery (new section)
    254 Great Road
    MAYNARD, MA 01754
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Private Condolence

Dawn Olsen

Posted at 09:38am
Bill accomplished so many things in his life but I will always remember him as an amazing father and grandfather. He loved his family and was always there for them and with them. I am so lucky to have known both he and Lynn. He will be missed. ❤️

Fran Curcio

Posted at 05:37am
So many wonderful memories over the years. Bill & Lynn were an amazing couple. Loving parents & adoring grandparents! I hope they are having a joyous reunion & dancing in the clouds! With deepest sympathy & love. Grief is the loniiest road on earth.

Fran Curcio Posted at 05:42am

Correction: Grief is the loneliest road on earth

Gail McDonald Posted at 08:08am

Many, many wonderful memories of us all together. On the Millennium New Years Eve Bill was working. He rushed in and hugged and kissed his Lynn and ran out❤️❤️❤️ He will be missed. Gail and Billy

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