William Joseph Burchard ’79 died on January 21, 2006, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Born on September 13, 1957, in Brockton, MA, he prepared for college at Brockton High School and became a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1979, he was in a management/sales capacity with McLean Trucking Company in Westchester County, NY, a nationwide general commodity carrier. He was general manager of the New England Shipping Association Co-op in Brockton before becoming general manager of Pilgrim Consolidators, a transportation brokerage and consulting firm, in 1981. In 1993, he became the founder and owner of Fast Forwarding, Inc., a nationwide freight forwarding, transportation, and logistics company, based in Norwood, MA. A member of the Weston Golf Club, he was a volunteer for many local organizations, including the St. Julia Parish Council and the Weston Youth Athletic Fields Commission. He coached youth sports in Brockton, Wayland, and Weston, was the head football coach for the Weston Middle School, was a member of the Weston Little League Board of Directors, and was a Little League Commissioner. Surviving are his wife, Susan Cronin Burchard, whom he married in 1986; a son, Joseph C. Burchard; a daughter, Molly K. Burchard; his mother, Mary C. Burchard of Weston; and a brother, Robert F. Burchard ’83 of Canton, MA.