September 7 2020

Obituary: Beloved Family Man and Generous Local Business Owner William Gochis, 89


A beloved family man and generous local business owner who made a significant contribution to Burlington High School has passed. 

William Gochis, owner of W. Gochis Insurance Company, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Friday September 4, 2020 at the age of 89.

According to his obituary, William was a man of faith, family, and community.  Born in Everett he was the son of Greek immigrants, the late Michael and Margaret Gochis. He attended Everett High School where he excelled in football, graduating in 1948. Bill went on to Northeastern University where he also played football and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.

After college Bill enlisted in the US Marines, earning the rank of First Lieutenant.  During his enlistment Bill was fortunate to be able to travel the world.

Bill began his professional life working for the John Hancock and Allstate Insurance Companies. In 1984 Bill founded W. Gochis Insurance Agency at 113 Cambridge Street in Burlington, constructing a new building at the site in 2000.

“The success of W. Gochis Insurance for the past 36 years was built on Bill’s reputation as a man of his word,” his obituary states. “Bill’s son Tom, and grandson T.J. will ensure that his legacy lives on.”

Bill was a man of the community. He contributed to many charities, including Toys for Tots drives, various golf tournaments, Fourth of July Parades, Holiday Lighting at the Common, D.A.R.E Day, Police Patrolman, After Graduation Party, Rosie’s Place, youth sports, and countless other activities and events in the community.  One of his biggest contributions was the huge scoreboard at Burlington High School’s Varsity Field.

Aside from golf Bill had many other hobbies including cooking, reading, crossword puzzles, football, Sudoku, poker, playing pool, and travel. Some of his travels included Saratoga for the horse races, Pebble Beach for golf, Ormond Beach Florida for sun and R&R.

“Bill’s hard work, principles, and values were instilled into his family, his greatest joy,” his obituary reads. “He hosted many family gatherings, holidays, birthdays, especially Orthodox Easters at his home. These are the values that Bill lived by and it will be his legacy to his family, his church and his community.”


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