BRENTWOOD -- William Joseph Moisan Jr., 84, longtime Newton, resident, died April 9, 2010, at Rockingham County Nursing Home in Brentwood.

He was the husband of Marjorie V. (Davis) Moisan, who died Aug. 12, 2007.

Born in the Bradford section of Haverhill on July 30, 1925, he was the son of William J. and Beatrice A. (Currier) Moisan. He was a 1943 graduate of Sanborn Seminary and went on to attend MacIntosh Business College.

A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Army with the 100th Division in Europe. A former POW, he received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge and battle ribbons with two stars.

He played professional baseball from 1946 through 1955, including a brief stint with the Chicago Cubs in 1953 and 1954.

Mr. Moisan was a manager at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, retiring in 1985.

He was a lifetime member of the Association of Professional Baseball Players; Major League Baseball Player Alumni; life member of the Country Pond Fish & Game Club of Newton and the American Legion Post No. 34 of Plaistow.

IN HIS LIFE: Family members include three sons and their wives, Robert and Nancy Moisan of Seattle, WA; Alan and Judi Moisan of Mexico, N.Y. and John and Donna Moisan of Epping, N.H., three granddaughters, Jill Matthews and husband Michael; Robin and Michelle Moisan; and two great-grandsons, Cole and Owen Matthews.

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