The Salem News
---- — Esso Haines was an important part of keeping Marblehead’s football tradition vibrant and on the forefront of the minds of Magician fans.
Now, every time the Magicians take the field they’ll be able to remember Esso.
The Marblehead Magicians Gridiron Club will honor William “Esso” Haines by naming the access road to Marblehead High field house in his memory before Friday night’s home game against Salem.
“The naming of the road is a tremendous way to keep Esso’s memory alive and for the people of Marblehead to remember him by,” said Magicians Gridiron Club President Evan Harris in a news release prepared by Tom Roundy.
“Not only did Esso help the town’s football program, he helped many of the town’s student athletes through the organizing of numerous scholarships. His accomplishments and loyality to the town’s youth will be forever remembered.”
Haines passed away in July after 83 years of loving Marblehead High sports, especially football. He graduated from Marblehead High in 1948 and played both football and baseball for the Magicians. He pursued a professional baseball umpiring career then returned to Marblehead to embarked on a long career in the food industry, working at The Marblehead Supermarket and The Century House in Danvers.
A highly respected high school football official and baseball umpire for over 32 years, Esso was a key member of the Magicians Gridiron Club and its formation in 1982. For over 30 years Esso was the driving force behind the club and its many non-profit projects.
“He did it all,” said Harris, a former MHS football captain in the late 1970’s. “He was always looking to make things happen. He wanted what was best for his community and its residents, especially the student-athletes. He and his wife Nancy spent thousands of hours volunteering their time to club projects that would benefit others in a highly positive way. He is surely missed, but will never be forgotten. He was truly one-of-a-kind.”