William J. "Billy"'s Story
William J. “Billy” Olenio, 60, passed away September 9, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer at his home with his loving family and best friend, Timothy Perkins, gathered around him.
Born in Haverhill, he was the son of the late Ernest A. and Joan (Driscoll) Olenio. Raised and educated in Haverhill, he attended St. James Grammar School, Haverhill Trade School, and was a graduate of Whittier Tech, Class of 1974. William was a talented Union carpenter, Local 33 in the Boston area for over 30 years. He was such a talented craftsman that he was selected and pulled off of union jobs for special and private finished carpentry projects. Billy built his own beautiful home and always had many projects that he loved to work on. He loved fishing, hunting, his garden, woodworking, and cooking, but most of all he loved his family, his friends, and his hunting dogs. Billy was a member of the Garibaldi Club in Haverhill and had many great friends there. He also loved horse racing and visiting Saratoga each year.
William is survived by his daughter, Nicole M. Olenio-Blackshire and her husband, Dana of Newton; his sister, Jeneen A. Olenio; his brothers, Ernest E. Olenio, Edmund J. Olenio and John P. Olenio, all of Haverhill; his grandson, Ashton William Blackshire; three nephews, Christopher, Anthony and Joey Olenio; and his niece, Angela Olenio. He was predeceased by his father, Ernest Olenio and his mother, Joan (Driscoll) Olenio. The Olenio and Blackshire families would like to express their appreciation and sincere thanks to Massachusetts General Hospital, John Opolski (Billy’s Infusion Nurse) and Care Dimensions Hospice for their tremendous care and compassion.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours on Tuesday, September 12, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main Street, Haverhill. The Olenio and Blackshire families ask that you please consider making a donation to pancan.org in William Olenio’s name in lieu of flowers. Please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook or www.comeaufuneral.com.
Published on  September 11, 2017