Navigators Announce Passing of GM Bill Terlecky

10/04/2019 6:57 AM

LYNN, Mass. -- The North Shore Navigators are devastated to announce the passing of beloved general manager Bill Terlecky after a courageous battle with cancer.

Terlecky joined the Navigators in 2012 and was the lead force behind revitalizing baseball in Lynn. He capped off a 41-year career as an executive in the game upon announcing his retirement in August. The Navs were named the Futures Collegiate Baseball League’s Organization of the Year in both 2015 and 2018 while attendance at Fraser Field increased each season during Terlecky’s tenure.

A staple in the North Shore community, Terlecky served on the Lynn Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and attended many local little league parades and other events. He also earned Bridgewell’s Employment Supports Program Champion Award last year for his work supporting individuals with disabilities in the community.

“It’s a sad day for the Navigators and across the baseball community,” said Navigators owner Derek January. “Bill was a steward for the game and a pillar in our community. He was so well known on the North Shore that people thought he lived here all his life and not just the eight years he ran the Navs. It was an honor to call him my friend, and the Januarys would not own the Navs if Bill wasn’t in our corner as we went through the process of buying the team. I’m a better person for knowing him. He will be missed.”

The Navigators send their thoughts and prayers to Bill’s son Tyler and his wife Kaitlyn, mother Eileen, and sister Mary Ann.

A Funeral will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 9a.m. from the SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOME, 67 Ocean St. (Rt. 1A), Lynn, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Swampscott at 10a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be on Tuesday from 4-8p.m. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to his “Little Pals” at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at www.stjude.org.