William Lundgren, a retired Burlington fire fighter, passed away on Monday evening, May 29, 2006 at the Peabody Glen Health Care facility in Peabody. He was 78 years old.
Bill was born in Cambridge, the son of the late William & Anna Lundgren. He was raised and educated in Malden. Just after his eighteenth birthday, he enlisted in the US Army to fight in WW II. He was stationed in the Philippines during the end of WW II. He was the recipient of the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. Bill and his wife Barbara settled in Burlington in 1953 where they lived until moving to New Hampshire in 1987.
Bill was employed for 30 years as a Fire Fighter for the town of Burlington retiring in 1983. He was the fourth full time Fire fighter in Burlington. Over the 30 years in the fire department, he saw the department grow in size and saw the many advances in fire fighting. He took great pride in being a fire fighter and did not hesitate to others safety before his own. His interests included weight lifting, wood working, and guitar playing.
Bill is the beloved husband of Barbara G. (Gray) Lundgren. He is the loving father of W. Lawrence Lundgren & his wife Anita of OR, David B. Lundgren & his wife Debbi of Billerica, and William Lundgren, III & his wife Colleen of Burlington. He is the brother of Walter “Buddy” Lundgren of Wakefield and Carolyn Brogna of Malden. He is proceeded in death by 10 brothers and sisters. He is the proud grandfather of Peter & Andrew Lundgren of OR, Kerri & her husband Paul D’Antuono of Billerica, David B. Lundgren, Jr. & his wife Aubrey of New Ipswich, NH, Jamee & her husband Anthony Canandas of Billerica, and William Lundgren, VI, Kerrie Lundgren both of Burlington. Great Grandfather of Nicholas D’Antuono, Matthew, Haylee & AJ Canandas all of Billerica, Jonathan, Devin & Aidan Lundgren of New Ipswich, NH. Funeral Services will be held at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., BURLINGTON (Exit 34 off Rt.128, Woburn side) on Friday, June 2 at 11 a.m. Visiting hours Thursday 4-8 p.m. Interment in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. Memorials in Bill’s name may be made to Shriner’s Burn Institute, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.