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William J. Golan, 72, passed away peacefully at his home on September 24, 2017. He was born in Lawrence to the late William S. Golan and Catherine ( Flynn-Golan) Purcell.
Bill was the loving husband to his wife of 50 years, Claire (LaPointe) Golan.
He served his country, proudly, and was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1966. He retired from the Salem, Mass., courts as a maintenance supervisor after 16 years. Previously, he was a self-employed floor installer for 28 years. Bill was a member of the American Legion Post 122, Methuen, Mass., and a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. His greatest enjoyment was the time spent with his children and grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Claire, Bill is survived by two sons and their wives, William M. and Kathie and Curt D. and Michelle (Shelly); five grandchildren, Chelsie Golan, Tyler Golan, Morgan Golan, Aaron (AJ) Golan, and Michael Di Mauro; two sisters and their husbands, Catherine (Kitty) and Thomas Torosian of Methuen, Carol and Charles (Bud) Crowninshield of Boxford; and a brother, David Golan and his wife, Joyce of Hampstead, N.H. He was predeceased by his brother, Michael.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Merrimack Valley Hospice and the Dana Farber Cancer Community. Donations in Bill's name can be made to either.
At Bill's request, funeral services were private.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.contefuneralhomes.com.
Published on  October 1, 2017
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