Former Service Award Winner William Chadwick Dies

Former Service Award Winner William Chadwick Dies

A funeral service was held at the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home in Saugus on Nov. 13 for former Director of Internal Audit William E. Chadwick, the 1998 Boston College Community Service Award winner, who died on Nov. 8.

William Chadwick
Mr. Chadwick, 56, had been in ill health for the past year and stepped down from his position in August.

A graduate of Bentley College and a certified public accountant and fraud examiner who published articles in several professional journals, Mr. Chadwick was director of internal audit at BC for 16 years, assisting University departments in managing and protecting their assets, ensuring accuracy of financial records and conducting business in an ethical manner.

Mr. Chadwick, in addition to his hiking, jogging and other sporting pursuits, also found time to reach out to others. He made weekly visits to read and play cards with seriously ill youngsters in the cystic fibrosis ward at Boston's Children's Hospital. Each year his colleagues at More Hall collaborated on a bake-off and published a cookbook dedicated to a child who had passed away at Children's Hospital. Sales of the cookbooks raised thousands of dollars for magic shows, music and toys to entertain young patients at the hospital.

In recognition of his compassion and work on behalf of the children, Mr. Chadwick received the 1998 Community Service Award.

A lover of animals, he supported several shelters and participated in a volunteer network that rescues and finds homes for abandoned golden retrievers.

"Even auditors have hearts," quipped Mr. Chadwick, interviewed by the Chronicle after his service award was announced.

"I've always felt it is important to put something back, to return the goodwill in my life to people who are less fortunate," he said.

Casualty Insurance Manager Michael Prinn, who nominated Mr. Chadwick for the award, said last week, "Bill was a caring, compassionate person who chose a very demanding kind of volunteer work, and took it very seriously. It was a major part of his life."

Mr. Chadwick is survived by his wife, Donna, of Westford; his parents Ernest and Elizabeth (Daggett) Chadwick of Saugus; his brother, John, of Salisbury; and his sister, Bette Salzer, of Bedford.

Donations in his memory maybe made to the Children's Hospital Volunteer Services, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.

-Sean Smith


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