William J. Terlecky, 65
William J. “Bill” Terlecky, age 65, of Swampscott, died on Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, surrounded by his loving family, following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Youngstown, Ohio on October 24, 1953, he was the son of Eileen (Carson) Terlecky of Youngstown, Ohio and the late William F. Terlecky. Bill was raised and educated in Youngstown and graduated from Ursuline High School and Youngstown State University. He studied Sports Management at Western Illinois University and was an elementary math teacher for one year before attending the Winter Baseball Meetings in 1977-1978. Bill began his career in 1978 when he was hired by the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings and in 1981, at age 27, he was named co-general manager. He later served as general manager for the Williamsport Bills and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons. In 1991, he was named International League Executive of the Year and in 2003 he was awarded the New York Mets organization top executive, Fred Cashen Award. In 2012, Bill was hired by the North Shore Navigators as the team moved into the Futures College Baseball League. In an article written by Joshua Kummins of The Daily Item, Kummins writes, “Terlecky has been the lead force behind transforming baseball in Lynn”, an opinion shared by many in the city and around the North Shore. He is credited with increased attendance every year since joining the Navigators. In 2018, the Navigators were named FCBL Organization of the Year, the second time in four years, and Bill was named 2018 FCBL Executive of the Year. At the beginning of the Navigators 2019 season, Bill announced that he would be retiring at the conclusion of the season, telling Kummins, “When you’ve done something for 41 years, it’s not a job, it’s a way of life.”
In addition to his mother Eileen Terlecky, Bill is survived by his beloved son Tyler Terlecky and his wife Kaitlyn of Boston; his sister Mary Ann Coates and her husband Mike of Niles, Ohio; his nephews Aaron and Michael Coates and his many dear friends he made throughout his entire life.
Service information: A Funeral will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 9a.m. from the SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOME, 67 Ocean St. (Rt. 1A), Lynn, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Swampscott at 10a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be on Tuesday from 4-8p.m. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to his “Little Pals” at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at www.stjude.org Directions and online guestbook at www.solimine.com