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William P. Carlo

October 08, 1952 - January 04, 2022

William P. Carlo

October 08, 1952 - January 04, 2022

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Obituary For William P. Carlo

An accomplished educator, a gifted addictions counselor, an ardent and ever-caring father, and a loving partner, Bill Carlo, 69, died of cancer on Jan. 4, 2022, the conclusion of a dignified, generous life of service. Bill endured two years of difficult treatment for lymphoma with trademark grace and humility, continuing to teach and care for others straight through it all. Suddenly, this past fall the lymphoma that had crossed into his central nervous system no longer was responding to treatment and doctors said he only had weeks to live. Bill spent that time at home in Arlington, nursed and held close by his beloved daughter Isabella McGovern Carlo and his lifelong partner, Susan Ann McGovern.

Bill grew up on Perth Road in Arlington, with his dad, Joseph, and his younger brother Jimmy, both of whom predeceased him. After graduating from Arlington High in 1970, Bill started a remarkable educational journey: while working full time he earned a bachelor’s degree from Lesley College and a Master’s in Education from Cambridge College, and as a licensed mental health counselor, licensed alcohol and drug counselor, and certified employee assistance professional, served as a counselor and therapist to thousands of people in dire need.

In 1989, Bill became the Clinical Director of Modern Assistance Programs, a nonprofit that works with unions and businesses to create employee assistance programs that address substance abuse, stress, and grief. Under the direction of founder Paul McDevitt, Bill served as director of the program for over 22 years.

In 2011 Bill was appointed Director of the Addiction Counseling Education Program (ACEP) at UMass Boston – the same program he had completed two decades earlier. Bill also worked as a consultant to MIT for eight years, and created and facilitated substance abuse counseling programs for Boston College for over 17 years.

Bill’s work has had a profound effect on students and clients throughout the state. He was an innovator in expanding ACEP’s reach to populations that need it most, such as the Suffolk County House of Corrections and the Boston Pre-Release Center. As a longtime colleague puts it, Bill went “to extraordinary lengths to provide outreach to those with disabilities in order to enroll them in a field where they can thrive... I don’t believe there is a substance abuse program in Massachusetts that does not have an ACEP grad working there.” In 2021, Bill was designated “Educator of the Year” by the Massachusetts Association for Addiction Professionals. For more than a decade, Bill’s weekend job was serving as Basketball Dad, traveling up and down the East Coast cheering on his daughter.

Bill leaves behind many grieving family members: Ann McGovern and Sara and Paul Morrissey, of
Winchester, Lisa McGovern and Jay Wallace of Beverly, Laura McGovern of Harvard, Marlana Wallace of Washington DC, Jacqueline Wallace of NYC, Mac Wallace of Burlington, VT, Paul and Nicole Morrissey of San Antonio, TX, James and Aly Morrissey of Sharon, CT, Brian and Julia Morrissey of Brooklyn, NY, as well as seven great-nephews and nieces – all of whom will miss his company, most especially at Winter Pond, Dunroven Farm, Sanibel Island, and Moody Beach.

Due to Covid, services at the DeVito Funeral Home in Arlington will be private, but all are welcome to attend the burial at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Arlington on Friday, January 7: meet at 12:15 pm at the Medford Street entrance. Please visit www.devitofunderalhome.com to view the online guest book and contribute stories and condolences. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a nonprofit very dear to Bill: The Gavin Foundation, 675 East 4th St., South Boston MA 02127.

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  • 01/12/2022

    My condolences to Bill's family. Bill was a remarkable guy who went lengths to help my brother and daughter in need. Our family doesn't know what we would have done without him! RIP Bill!

  • 01/08/2022

    Bill it both an honor and a pleasure to know you. You were always there to help when ever I needed it! Thank you for being such an inspiration! Rest easy... Danyelle M

  • 01/07/2022

    Izzy and Sue, so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Bill was a kind man and we have fond memories meeting as new parents many years ago. Our sincere condolences to you and the family during this difficult time. Diane Clinton and Lee Daum

  • 01/07/2022

    I'm sadden by this news. I will miss Bill, he was a wonderful co-worker. It was a pleasant experience working with him. He always had a good word of advice but never forced his opinion on others. Thank you for sharing your loved one with us. I will miss him dearly. Continue to Rest in Peace Bill. Tanisha

  • 01/07/2022

    Prayers to Bill's family and friends. Bill and work in CAPS at UMass Boston. Great educator and very nice person. You will truly be missed. Shona

  • 01/07/2022

    Sad to hear at the same time also gratefull that I had the opportunity to work and observe Bill for many years in his role as Clinical Director at MAP., Inc. For those who gave attention ( myself included ) and follow his guidance we thank you and rest in peace my friend BC. Jose W. Lara Rodriguez

  • 01/06/2022

    I knew Bill Carlo since grade school. He was one of the younger kids then. I think he was called Billie Carlo. As we got older, teenagers and early twenties, we hung around with the same group of people at the Arlington Reservoir. One of my brothers started calling Bill, Count Wilheim De Carlo. That got shortened to just his last name, Carlo. When we got older, I got more formal and called Bill, Mr. Carlo, kind of tongue in cheek. In our twenties I was a construction laborer and Bill was a painter. Anyway, we started getting into some long conversations. Bill was always thoughtful so he was good to. We kept having long conversations when met for another forty years. I think we really had interesting conversations that up until the last week. At least I was interested in what Bill had to say. For the last 30 years or so, Bill was really into his professional work. His work came up in conversions a lot of times. So, I got a good idea of what his work involved. My wife died a few years ago. I know Bill recognized that I was severely depressed. He took me to my treatments because I wasn't allowed to drive even though he was already very sick himself. I have very little memory of that time, so I don't remember if he was the one that originally got me my into treatments. He may will have been. He may well have been. I do know that it sacrifices for him to drive me to the treatments and them come back to drive me home afterward. He was as good a friend as anyone could have. James Curry

  • 01/06/2022

    I worked with Bill for many years at Boston College and MIT. Bill has always been a valuable and devoted resource for our students struggling with alcohol and other drug abuse. Bill will be missed and remembered fondly. Sending my heartfelt condolences to Bill's loved ones. Robyn Priest

  • 01/06/2022

    I met Bill in the early years in the heights."Res"A great guy and then help years later in Sobriety in Southie.Rest in Peace Bill.🙏

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  • 01/06/2022

    Bill i just got the news . I cant stop thinking about you we met 30 years ago you have helped a few people for me You have a heart of Gold God Bless Rest in Peace Frannie Donovan

  • 01/05/2022

    My sincere condolences to the family. Bill was an exceptional person who always advocated for the underdog. He had an even keel, easygoing way when he spoke and rarely did he ever discourage anyone. I worked many years with Bill and he remained always available for guidance after moving on to the UMass program. Rest In Peace Bill.

  • 01/05/2022

    Bill was a wise teacher and so well regarded for his work in directing the Addiction Counseling Education program of UMASS Boston. So glad to have known him and been his student. So sorry for his loss. My heartfelt prayers go to his family and friends. Tim Pritchard

  • 01/05/2022

    Bill we met 30 years ago with your wisdom & friendship I have a life second to none . Thanks for being there when I needed you ! You pal Mikey

  • 01/05/2022

    Izzy & Susan we are saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He was Izzy's biggest cheerleader while she was playing basketball and it was a joy to watch him. May the memories of Bill comfort you both in the days, weeks and months ahead. Hugs to you both, we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Ed & Bernadette McGonagle

  • 01/05/2022

    Prayers to Bill's family and all of his many friends. Bill, I appreciated every conversation and suggestion you ever gave me. You were so exceptionally wise and thoughtful. You were a tenacious advocate for the recovery community and for education, you will be sorely missed. God Bless and RIP

  • 01/05/2022

    Dear Susan and Izzy, I know how hard it is to lose someone so central to your life. It's devastating. I send my sincere condolences and much love. Helen Lang Vassar '76

  • 01/05/2022

    Bill, a great mentor and friend. You will be missed by many, you were loved and respected by all who knew you. Rest now my friend.

  • 01/05/2022

    Bill Carlo is a good man. He was a friend of the recovery community and he helped countless people to regain their lives. Thank you Bill! I'm keeping you and your family in my prayers. You will be missed. Tim B.

  • 01/05/2022

    I know I am just one of many who benefited from your tutelage throughout the years. I always knew no matter what my question was, or how many years since we had talked, you would respond. You have my eternal respect and gratitude. Kris Masison

  • 01/05/2022

    Bill, you were a friend and colleague for many years. I will miss your friendship, support and advice dearly! I honor your service to our profession, my friend. May you Rest In Peace.

  • 01/05/2022

    Bill was a class act. Always gracious and professional, he helped many to recover and educated and trained many to work in the field. We would often chuckle that even after he took over the directorship of the addiction counselor training program at UMass Boston, he continued to call it the "Jack Shea" Program. We had worked on a project implementing and evaluating a substance abuse prevention program. After the glossy report came out, with very attractive pie charts and all, it was Bill who said very simply at the team meeting: "This didn't work." I was grateful for his honesty. UMass Boston is certainly the poorer for having lost Bill. Indeed, we all are.

  • 01/05/2022

    Bill Carlo was the most compassionate and committed teacher and counselor I have ever worked with. His guiding wisdom and wise insight will be deeply missed by so many myself included. R.I.P. Bill.

  • 01/05/2022

    You will be missed You touched so many lives through the Gavin Foundation, The Modern Assistance Programs, and the U/Mass program your friend Judy McDonough

  • 01/05/2022

    Prayers for Bill's family. I had the pleasure of working with Bill for many years. He was deeply passionate about his work and guarding the privacy of others. I can sense that big spirit of yours Bill. Peace and love to all.

  • 01/05/2022

    Bill was a wonderful human being. He has done so much for the recovery community that words are not enough to accurately describe his contributions. He was a gentleman and a very caring individual. My prayers are for the departed soul and his family and many friends.

  • 01/05/2022

    Bill, I owe my life to you, I wouldn't be the man that I am without your guidance. This shows through my work I do in the field of addiction counseling, in which I devote to you. The world lost a great man, may you rest in eternal peace my friend, George Hannan

  • 01/04/2022

    Bill, you were a household name growing up, only to become one in my marriage. Thank you for your compassion and understanding over the years. You changed a lot of lives for the better. Please keep watching over all of us...and give my big brother a hug from me, he'll be happy to see you! RIP XO

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