Wilbur Halliday Jr., 93, of Gray Gables and Naples, Florida, died at home on March 10.
He was born and raised in Winthrop, where he graduated from high school in 1943. He attended The College of the Holy Cross for a year before he enlisted in the United States Navy and served during World War II.
Following the war, Mr. Halliday resumed his studies to complete his bachelor’s degree, graduating in 1948, and went on to receive his master’s degree in education.
An accomplished football player during his education, his passion for football and athletics brought him back to his hometown, where he started his career as an educator and coach. He then moved on to Stoneham as a teacher and head football coach, and then settled in Wakefield to finish his career working as a guidance counselor.
Mr. Halliday was a mentor for many students and athletes; he also was named to the Wakefield Hall of Fame for his coaching of an undefeated 1970 football team.
He and his wife, Arda A. (Cuputo) Halliday, enjoyed their retirement with summers spent in Gray Gables and winters in Naples. The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last June on Cape Cod.
Mr. Halliday was an avid golfer, and loved lobstering and quahogging with his family. A devoted parishioner at St. John the Evangelist in Pocasset, he served as an usher for many years at St. Peter the Apostle Church during his stays in Naples.
In addition to his wife, he leaves seven children, Kathleen Banks Halliday of Bourne, Keven Halliday of Dedham, Michael Halliday of Bedford, New Hampshire, Christine Halliday Lyons of Brookline, Mark Halliday of Wakefield, James Halliday of Bourne and Vicki MacKay of Wakefield; 18 of grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and extended family.
He also was the father of the late Timothy Halliday.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated privately.