William Henry Lally, IV

William Henry Lally lV passed away Friday July 3rd, 2020.
He is survived by his parents William and Rachel Lally of Barrington, his sister Anna Bock and her husband Timothy Bock Jr. of North Providence, and his loyal dog and companion Viktor, his bundle of joy. He is also survived by his aunts, uncles, numerous cousins, friends and extended family members.

William was a graduate of Barrington High School. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts of America.

William obtained a B.S. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Rhode Island in 2010.

He found his calling in the medical device industry as a Quality Engineer for many renowned companies including Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Zoll, and Becton Dickinson. He found great satisfaction in utilizing his talents in this field to help those in need.

William lit up a room with his charm and wit. He enjoyed music and the arts, and was certainly the star of several karaoke nights. His smile and loving demeanor was a joy to all. He was a gentle and loving person that has left us too soon. In his all too short time with us, he has made a positive difference that shall never be forgotten.

His family encourages you to leave your special memory of William in the online memory book.
Donations can be made to these organizations William was passionate about.

The Trevor Project is a LGBTQ+ crisis intervention organization for adolescents.

oSTEM’s mission is to encourage LGBTQ+ students to select careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.






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Bre Kidman from Saco, Maine wrote on July 11, 2020 at 8:29 pm:
I remember being a depressed queer high school weirdo and sitting with Will one night and talking over some Nine Inch Nails. Will, who was preppy and pristine in all these ways I figured I would never be, said to me that we weren’t as different as we looked. We talked about things we thought and felt and feared and it’s this moment that I carry with me in the world, because it was the clearest example for me of the way you can never really judge a book by its cover. We weren’t super close then, and we only talked a few times after high school—the last time only about a month ago. I remember thinking during that brief exchange that he was someone I’d really like to catch up with and see where the world had taken him, but I regret that time got away too quickly. Will was a special person to me and, by the looks of things, to a lot of others, too. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to the Lally family.
Erin La Ninfa from Oakland, CA wrote on July 11, 2020 at 4:28 pm:
Sending my condolences to his family. Will was such a funny and lively person. I am truly sorry for your loss.
Catherine Luz (Chace) from Barrington, RI wrote on July 11, 2020 at 12:25 pm:
To the Lally family, I am so sorry to hear about Will’s passing. Will was a wonderful friend with a truly kind and gentle heart. I will never forget our walks around the neighborhood, talking and circling for hours and will cherish those memories forever. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Peter Jameson from Somerset wrote on July 10, 2020 at 8:30 pm:
Will, I always looked forward to the 4th of July growing up, not because of the fireworks, but because every year I would get to see you and your family. We would all spend hours jumping in the pool, trying to see who could do the best can-opener or cannonball into the pool (and then your dad would show us how it was REALLY done). We would come out only when it was time to eat and strive to make the perfect golden-brown marshmallows for our parents, "accidentally" burning a few (dozen) that we would eat ourselves. Somehow we would still have room for some of your mom's amazing dessert, and then have time for one more jump in the pool under the stars. As we got older, sometimes the party was cancelled, or someone couldn't make it, but there was always the reassurance it would happen next year. You always had such a fun and happy energy, and I believe that energy will always be with us the next time we are all together, but it certainly won't be the same without you. I wish we had time for one more jump in the pool. I remember one year you showed my brothers and me one of my now favorite video games for PS2. We would talk about which James Bond was the best and quote random movies and TV shows. I sometimes call your parents "aunt" and "uncle," so I suppose that makes us cousins. However, your parents are also my Godparents, so I'd refer to you more as my "Godbrother." I am going to miss you, brother. I wish we had time for one more jump in the pool. Thank you for sharing your life with us, William. Love, Peter Jameson
John Perry from Columbus, OH wrote on July 10, 2020 at 6:12 pm:
It saddens me to see a childhood friend leave us too soon, but it warms my heart to see what a positive impact he had on so many people. His wit, his interests, his kindness were all there in middle and high school when we would watch 70s disaster movies (The Poseidon Adventure was a perennial favorite) or play computer games together. He was hilarious as Dick Cheney to my George W. Bush for the Boy Scout Holiday play (and he should take all the credit for making it so fun!). We were two odd kids, but he made me feel right with myself and I will always be thankful for that. You will be missed. My condolences to all the Lally family.
Jack Hughes from Atlanta wrote on July 10, 2020 at 2:05 am:
Will... I’ve known you for as long as I’ve known Providence. You are the most genuine and beautiful soul; always the quickest wit. You sure can talk! Your eloquence and poise will be missed. But, I think what I am going to miss most of all is just how amazing I knew you felt about your friends. You cherish us and we all feel it. You were always rooting for me and having someone like you in my corner... Well, Will, it is a friendship and kindness I will not forget. I miss you. See you on the other side.
Corey Mendonca from Providence wrote on July 9, 2020 at 10:31 pm:
Hi Will, It saddens me to say goodbye. But it really isn’t goodbye. There will be constant reminders of you around me and all of your friends and family. Every time I hear an 80’s pop ballad, Madonna, Stevie Nicks, or Fleetwood Mac, I will think of you. You were always there to lend some serious advise, or a laugh. You had an intuition like a hawk, and always knew something was wrong even if I didn’t express it outright. Every time we met up for dinner or an outing with friends, we always made it a point to set ourselves aside from everyone else and catch up. Every time we saw each other it was like no time had passed. I will miss your irreverent, dry and often times crude humor (lol). I will never meet someone as quick-whitted as you. It was a privilege to call you a friend, and I hope you know you are loved and missed by so many. To the Lally family: my deepest condolences are extended to you and your family at this time. Will would speak about his family in the utmost regard, and loved you all dearly. My heart is with you all at this difficult time. - Corey
David Patch from Framingham wrote on July 9, 2020 at 9:54 pm:
Mr. Will Lally Sr. Though I have not met your family’s son, I have certainly met you, so I have no reason to doubt William was exceptional in both character and heart. A truly good to be around kind of person. Even in tough times it is easy to see he continues to shine bright. A smile like that will be one to remember! While I can only attempt to share in your family’s time of sorrow, the pride is you and your family’s for holding what a great example of a gentleman, and life of love that William Henry Lally, IV leaves this community behind. Thank you for raising such a respectable man, and though I know he will be missed, he will also be loved forever.
Carla Mancini from Dixmont wrote on July 9, 2020 at 6:38 pm:
From the minute this glorious wonderful man entered our daughter Carissa's life he became a Mancini. We loved him with all our hearts. As parents, we never could have picked a better man to be our daughter's confidante, best friend, and protector. Nor could we have ever picked a better man to watch over our grandchildren and love them as if they were his. We will miss him with all of our hearts and know that he will be watching over our grandchildren and our daughter forever. To William, Rachel, Anna and her husband, our heartfelt sympathy. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and that we loved your boy with all of our hearts. Wishing you all peace in this very difficult time, the extended Mancini family
Scott and Marianne Jameson from Somerset, Mass wrote on July 9, 2020 at 2:19 pm:
We will always remember William as a fine young man with a quick wit and upbeat personality. He warmly accepted us as part of his family and we were always delighted to spend time with him. He certainly loved his family and friends and was cherished by all of us. Rachel, Will and Anna, we're so sorry you've had to experience this terrible loss. William was a wonderful son and a loving brother. Please know that our hearts are with yours, hoping that our love and prayers provide you with at least some measure of comfort and peace.
Donna Resmini from Westchester, NY wrote on July 9, 2020 at 2:05 pm:
This has been a very hard and sad day for me to be sitting down to write an entry to say goodbye to Will. I have been thinking of the conversations we have had thru the years, the laughter the intellectual and very eclectic conversations. We both had passions and ideas on various topics and we wold share those with each other. Will was my sons best friend, but he was also my second son. We would always connect via a conference call and Josh and Will would chat up with me hysterically laughing at what was going on in my life or theirs. Sometimes they would call me after I had fallen asleep to wake me up with their hysterical ideas on a subject. They were inspirational in their ability to move fluidly thru many different topics. Will was articulate, he was brilliant, he admired and loved my son like brothers would, My son Josh was his greatest supporter and they both grounded each other as needed. I know that we will all have many memories of Will that will hold him in our heart for years to come. We all share in the thought that it was too soon to say goodbye, but I am appreciative for knowing this young man and for the impact he had on our lives. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends who share the void of the passing of this gentle soul.
Kara Evans from Rumford wrote on July 9, 2020 at 11:43 am:
I'm absolutely heartbroken by the news of Will's passing. He was one of the most genuine friends I ever had. I didn't really know what to talk about, so I thought I'd just mention so memories Will and I shared. *When we were little, we went to a Halloween party - I was a pink princess and he was a yellow crayon. *When we were 13, he invited me over to watch 'the scariest movie ever.' We watched a girl named Reagan spew pea soup out of her mouth over and over again and ate mountains of popcorn. *I remember meeting up with him at the foodcourt at Providence Place to see Mean Girls and he told me never, ever to be seen again wearing flat shoes. I was much too short. *That time Will came out to me and I said, "I know." *When we would push the love seats together and binge the Barefoot Contessa and drink lattes... *That one party Will and I successfully baked banana bread using a Solo cup. *When he held Addy for the first time and he exclaimed, "I'm holding a baby and it's not crying!" I have so many more fond memories of Will. He was one of my favorite people and I really can't believe he's gone.
Kevin Quach from Providence wrote on July 9, 2020 at 10:41 am:
I just got a chance to know Will recently. Will was a kind and honest man. He would never get tired of talking about his favorite shows. I am deeply sadden by the news of Will passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Russell and Lou-Ann Lyne from Barrington, RI wrote on July 9, 2020 at 10:40 am:
Will and Rachel, words cannot express the sorrow we have for you and your family. May you find peace and comfort in the memories you have and also with the help of family and friends to get through this difficult time. Thinking of you all.
Jeff Vanidestine from Sabattus, Maine wrote on July 9, 2020 at 9:27 am:
We are heartbroken for your family and praying for you all during this terribly difficult time. Our sincere condolences for your loss.
Dean Petrella from WEST WARWICK wrote on July 9, 2020 at 9:13 am:
Will/Rachel and family. I just wanted to send my love and condolences to you and your family. Please know that you have friends that are praying for you and are here if you need anything at all. With much love....
Dean Petrella from WEST WARWICK wrote on July 9, 2020 at 9:11 am:
Spencer Smith from Cranston wrote on July 9, 2020 at 8:52 am:
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Will. We first met back in 2013 when I started to branch out in Providence. He instantly welcomed me to the community and took me under his wing. We soon came to realize that we both had a love for Madonna and powerhouse vocalists. His dry sense of humor paired well with mine, even though I couldn’t come up with zingers like him. When I would have a zinger (which wasn’t often) he would say to me, “well it looks like you’ve had your one good joke for the year”. Will and I had the pleasure of attending Pride celebrations in Boston where we stayed at this awful hotel. I distinctly remember walking into the room and Will looking at me and saying “what have youuu done”, of course he was chuckling in his very distinct Will Lally laugh that he had. One of Wills favorite movies that he introduced me to was the First Wives Club. The movie went hand in hand with Wills robust sense of humor. The thing about Will, is that he always had your best interest and wasn’t afraid to tell you like it is. Although Will and I weren’t as close in the end, I will truly cherish the time we had together. He made a positive impact on my life, which helped shape who I am today. Hope you find peace wherever you are, love always.
Jeff & Kimberley Duncan from Barrington wrote on July 9, 2020 at 7:39 am:
The depth of our sadness is hard to express. William always greeted us with a warm smile and a genuine sense that he was happy to see us. A smart and energetic man who had so much more to offer, has left us too soon. Our hearts ache for Will, Rachel, Anna and Tim for the loss of their beloved William. You are all in our prayers. We love you all very much.
Josh Resmini from Fort Lauderdale wrote on July 9, 2020 at 6:04 am:
In nearly every conversation we had, Will and I would always make it abundantly clear to one another the value of the friendship we shared. I would be hard-pressed to think of an instance where we didn’t solidify the importance each of us played in the others life, and always concluded with the affirmation that we both regarded one another as the brother we never had; it was consistent, but never contrived. The bond that Will and I shared was unique, unfiltered and free of judgement on either side. We listened, we advised, and, --when appropriate—we helped each other conquer whatever obstacle was before us. We held each other in the highest regard and were unified in our commitment to aspire for higher. I would always revel in his accomplishments, and he was quick to acknowledge mine. There was a true sense of pride that came along with hearing Will say, “I’m so proud of you”. In my darkest hours a few years back, some called on me – Will would come to me; No less than 1,200 miles away at any given time, but always ready to mobilize and offer whatever support the situation called for, which, more often than not, was just a friend and a laugh. Will’s personality was enigmatic; He would often enter and exit as the funniest person in the room, but would make sure that you felt included, acknowledged, enlightened and empowered: always. He was the first person I’d call with the most random anecdote, and we’d immediately erupt into laughter because he never skipped a beat. As will and I got close over the years, he became close with my mother, too. It was such a heart-warming feeling knowing my best friend and my mom could carry on and form a formidable bond that was as individual as mine was with him. It is one of the things I cherished most about him, and his commitment as a friend far exceeded his interactions with just me, but with my family as well. Those conversations wills be deeply missed. The laughter, the jokes, his keen eye for detail and how he could improve the world through his calling ended far too soon, but not without making a sizeable impact on everything he accomplished and all the lives he touched. Mr. & Mrs. Lally, Anna, Tim & Family: I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Will loved you all immensely, and lived his life striving to make you proud. Even in passing, the legacy that was Will’s life and accomplishments is greater than most shall ever know, and I will cherish the memories we shared and the unmeasurable gift that was his friendship over the last 10+ years forever. -jwr.