Marblehead — William S. “Esso” Haines Jr., husband of Nancy (Bartlett) Haines of Marblehead, died at home at the age of 82. He was the son of the late William S. “Tap” Haines and Shirley (Hinch) Haines. A lifelong resident of Marblehead, he graduated from Marblehead High School. “Esso” was a former manager of the Marblehead Supermarket and Century House Epicurean Shoppe, serving over four decades in the food business. He was also employed by Marblehead Savings Bank in his “Golden Years.”
“Esso” was a noted sports official with an active career spanning 32 years in football and baseball. His assignments covered all areas from professional to youth. He also spent many years as commissioner of officials for football and baseball in the Northeastern Conference. “Esso” was a member of the Gerry VFA, Minor League Baseball Alumni Association, and president/treasurer of the Marblehead Magicians Gridiron Club. He was an honorary life member of the Association of New England Football Officials, North Shore Baseball Umpires Association and Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor. He was also a corporator of Marblehead Savings Bank.
He is survived by a daughter, Judith Haines Clark and her husband, Scot, of Alabama. He is lovingly remembered by Susan E. Powers and her husband, John, Stephen Parker and his wife, Jeannie, Lianne Cappuccio and her husband, Frank, Lynne deGrandpre, Laurie Lamarre and her husband, Bill; and also by all the children and grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: At “Esso’s” request, there will be no visiting hours. Burial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be directed to the Magicians Gridiron Club Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 505, Marblehead, MA 01945. For additional information. or our online guest book, please visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.