William J. “Bill” Scanlon, 73, originally of Andover, passed away on April 10, with his family by his side at his home in Weatherford, Texas, after a long battle with cancer. Bill attended St. Augustine’s School in Andover and Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, Class of 1960. After graduating from College of the Holy Cross in 1964, Bill served four years in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Wasp.
Bill was well known in the Merrimack Valley as owner of Scanlon Hardware, which he grew to serve Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover. He redeveloped the Barnard Building, a key block in downtown Andover, and promoted local businesses and the community as a member, and then president, of the Andover Chamber of Commerce. Later in his career, he worked with companies across the country as a business consultant. Bill leaves behind his wife, Sotela G. of Weatherford, Texas; his former wife and mother of his children, Kathleen M. Scanlon of Andover; a son, Peter W. and his wife, Kathleen of Newton; a daughter, Elaine M. of Portland, Maine; a daughter, Christine A. Delgado and her husband, Anthony of Groveland; and son, William J. of Andover; his stepchildren, Dannie and Jeff Richardson of Tallahassee, Fla., Anna and Chuck Whitehead of Ft Walton Beach, Fla., and Valerie Jo Hart of Brewton, Ala.; his adored 15 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren; his siblings and their spouses, Robert T. and Margaret Scanlon of North Andover, Maureen C. and Kenneth Jones of Andover and Timothy J. and Dorothy Scanlon of Dania Beach; and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Bill was predeceased by his sister, Kathryn Mary, and his parents, Timothy J. and Mary A. (Coyle) Scanlon.
Bill’s generosity always made his home a warm, welcoming place, especially for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards, and was happiest telling stories in an Irish brogue in the company of his family and friends.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, April 29, 2016, at 11 a.m., at St. Augustine’s Church, 43 Essex Street, Andover, followed by a reception at the parish hall for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the UT Southwestern Medical Center, Office of Development, Post Office Box 910888, Dallas, TX 75391-0888, and the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.
Published on  April 13, 2016