William John Gianci

June 24, 1934 ~ September 29, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

William Gianci Obituary

William John Gianci, a devoted family man, passed away peacefully on September 29, 2023, at the age of 89. Born on June 24, 1934, in Revere, MA, he was the son of the late Anthony and Concetta Gianci (DePalma). 

William was a cherished father to Dr. Sebastiana Jennifer Gianci (and Paul James Lafornara) of Ellicott City, MD. As well as the devoted Nonno to Nikai and Gabriel Lafornara. He was a beloved brother to Anthony Gianci, Jr., Robert Gianci and Marie Gianci of Massachusetts; a former husband and friend to Ann Lucia Gianci of blessed memory. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Bill’s warm smile, heart, and unwavering support will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His fun, contagious laugh, charm and charisma made him ‘iconic’ to his grandsons who he loved spending time with and playing cards. Dad knew how to hold space for others he loved and his grace always made love prevail. 

William dedicated his life to his work as an administrator who helped advance science at the esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he was employed at Lincoln Laboratory for 40 years. His work gave his family the gift of raising their daughter on Kwajalein in the Republic of the Marshall Islands for 15 years.

A proud United States Air Force veteran, William served his country honorably, achieving the rank of Airman First Class. His nine years in the Air Force and Air National Guard, shaped his commitment to his country. He earned a commendation from the State of Massachusetts during the Berlin Crisis for service he rendered during a period of national emergency.

Bill had a profound love for music, he played a lively accordion and piano beautifully; his talent gave him the ability to play anything he heard, and his musicality made him and others deeply happy and joyful. 

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made in William's memory to Catholic Relief Services or consider planting a beautiful memorial tree in memory of William. Your contribution will help continue his enduring commitment to making a difference in the world.

The funeral will be live streamed on YouTube at 4 pm on Monday, October 9th and the link will be put on this obituary page when it starts.

Shiva will be Monday evening at the home of Tiana and her husband Paul,  8547 Autumn Rust Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043 from 7-9 PM. A Ma’ariv service will be held at 7:30 PM.

William's Memorial Service will be live streamed on Candle Light Funeral Home's YouTube Channel.

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Memorial Gathering
October 9, 2023

3:00 PM
Candle Light Funeral Home by Craig Witzke
1835 Frederick Rd.
Catonsville, MD 21228

Memorial Service
October 9, 2023

4:00 PM
Candle Light Funeral Home by Craig Witzke
1835 Frederick Rd.
Catonsville, MD 21228


Catholic Relief Services
P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore MD 21297-0303
Tel: 1-877-435-7277


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