William Maynard

072A Commercial
Noting, with sorrow, the death of William Maynard, as recorded by Rachel White:

Today, myself and our West End neighbors lost our long-time friend, William Maynard.

Bill was my friend, mentor, and art teacher (along with his wife, Gladys, deceased 12 years, with whom I also studied). Bill taught at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, as did his wife. Later, Bill taught at the Mass College of Art and Gladys at Chamberlayne College until they moved permanently to Provincetown in the 1960s after visiting frequently.

Bill continued to paint and sell from his studio in his house at 72A Commercial Street at age 94!

All the neighbors had a genuine concern for Bill’s well-being and began to assist me in making Bill’s life more comfortable. Billy’s passing leaves a huge void to all who knew him and also in the art community in Boston and Provincetown. Some of Bill’s Boston students continued to send photos of current work for critiques and he’d talk to them via phone.

Rest well now, dear friend.

He joins his beloved Gladys and their favorite (last) dog, Toto, whose ashes he saved to all be joined together.

5 thoughts on “William Maynard

  1. For decades I loved to pass his quintessential Ptown home, reading his signs.. The old Ptown which I am mourning more and more..

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  2. My wife and I have lost a beloved family member. We rented in his Brookline house for 29 yrs. which he owned with Gladys, his sister Pauline and brother Everett (George). All of us became a family. Bill was the last of his family and we remained family til this day. They have all left us and we are deeply saddened. However, the memories and love for Bill and the family will be with us forever.

  3. CELEBRATE ARTIST BILL MAYNARD ON SUNDAY, MAY 29. An informal reception will be held at 4 pm on Sunday, May 29 in the grassy lane next to 72 Commercial Street, to honor the life of William Maynard, who died on January 21, 2016. (His obituary appeared in the Provincetown Banner of January 28.) In the event of inclement weather, it will be held indoors at 72 Commercial. Light refreshments will be served, and all are invited to share their memories.

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