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Maren, William B., age 88, of Andover, on Thursday, November 30, 2017, peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of the late Barbara “Bunny” Maren. Loving father of Michael Maren and his wife, Dani Shapiro, Jonathan Maren, and Meredith Verdone and her husband, Joseph. Adored grandfather of Tyler, Jackie, Marc, Jacob, Lucy and Zoe. Admired uncle to his many nieces and nephews.
William “Bill” Maren was the son of the late Maishe and Sally Maren. He grew up in Cambridge, Revere and Winthrop. He served in Japan as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict.
Along with his beloved Bunny he founded the Victor Company, Inc Realtors in the mid-1960’s. Working together, they grew their business to be the dominant real estate force in the Merrimack Valley. He served as president of the Greater Lawrence Board of Realtors, and was active in a wide range of civic and cultural activities in Andover. When his children were young he was an enthusiastic supporter of the Cub Scouts. Later he served on the political campaigns of Sen. Paul Tsongas and Rep. James Shannon. One of his proudest achievements was sponsoring a performance by violinist Itzhak Perlman at the Collins Center. His generous philanthropic activities benefitted a wide range of causes and charities.
Bill Maren was a well-known presence in Andover. With his white beard and boisterous style, he never failed to make an impression.
Services at Temple Emanuel of Andover, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover on Sunday, December 3rd at 1 p.m. Burial at Temple Emanuel of Andover, Lawrence. Following burial, all are invited to return to the Temple for a meal of consolation until 4:30 p.m. Shiva will continue at his late residence on Monday 4 to 8 p.m., and again Tuesday at the home of Meredith and Joseph from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mass General Hospital, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114 or to Planned Parenthood, 123 William Street, 10th floor, New York, NY 10038.
Levine Chapels, Brookline, 617-277-8300. www.levinechapels.com.
Published on  December 2, 2017
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