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Bill Malloy
Production Information
Portrayed by

Frank Schofield

First appearance

3

Last appearance

126

Episode count

16

Biographical Information
Name

William Malloy

Also known as

Bill

Date of birth

circa 1910s

Year of death

1967

Manner of death

Murdered by Matthew Morgan

Origin

Maine, New England, USA

Profession

Manager of Collins Fishing Fleet and Cannery

Supernatural abilities

Ghost, leaving Seaweed

Family members

Unnamed father

Unnamed niece

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William 'Bill' Malloy (c.1910s-1967) was the manager of the Collins Fishing Fleet and Cannery.

Background[]

Bill Malloy was born in Collinsport, Maine like his father before him (44). Every morning, Bill came down to the docks to see the boats go out (53). In the mid-1940s, he began working for Elizabeth Collins Stoddard as a deckhand on one of her boats, working his way up in the business (19, 50). When Ned Calder resigned from his position as manager of the Collins Fishing Fleet and Cannery in 1966, Bill became his successor (19, 39). He also called Liz Stoddard each morning regarding the business, and came up to Collinwood once a week to get her approval on important business decisions (1, 8).

Over the years he developed a deep admiration for her (43). He never missed a day at the office and Liz considered him the most reliable man she's ever known (51).

He drank his coffee black (43) Bill's favorite song was an old sea shanty called "What do you do with a drunken sailor?" Burke Devlin recalled it being the only music you would hear all day long when he was at sea (85) and his ghost sang it when he came to avenge his death (126).

Relationships[]

Bill's housekeeper was Mrs. Johnson (46). His secretary at the cannery was named Alice (9).

Bill's nickname for Carolyn was "Princess" (9). In the mid-1930s, he struck up a long-lasting friendship with Sam Evans(40).

At some point in the mid-1940s, Bill delayed proposing to a woman, implied to be Elizabeth, until it was too late and she married someone else (43).

Bill hired a young Burke Devlin in 1951 to work for him (45). According to Carolyn Stoddard, his dream was to spend a whole month sitting in a tropical island, just watching the sky (56 ). 

Burke Devlin's return[]

When Burke Devlin returned to Collinsport in 1966, after having spent five years in prison for manslaughter. Bill suspected he'd come back to destroy the Collins family, so he tried to send Carolyn Stoddard off on a trip with his niece and her daughter Jenny to protect her from the battle, however Carolyn refused the offer (9).

Bill knew Burke would not rest until he owned everything the Collins family had, and that there was only one way to stop him. He told Elizabeth that he was going to do whatever it took to protect her, with or without her permission. Bill made a deal with Burke, promising to clear him of his manslaughter charge ten years earlier if he promised to leave Elizabeth, Carolyn and David alone. Burke agreed and Bill set about gathering evidence to prove that it was Roger who was driving the car that night (39).

Death[]

Finding Roger and Sam arguing at Sam's house, Bill later got Sam drunk at which point the artist admitted to being the only thing standing between Roger Collins and a prison sentence (40). Bill organized a meeting between Roger, Sam and Burke in order to stop Burke's plan against the Collins family (45, 46). He never arrived at the meeting (47) because he had been murdered by Matthew Morgan, who had believed that Bill was trying to cause trouble for Elizabeth (108). Matthew threw his body off of a cliff and into the sea. It later up washed up below Widows' Hill where it was discovered by Victoria and Carolyn (50). However when efforts were made to retrieve his body, it was no where to be found. Later Matthew admitted to pushing it back out to sea. It was discovered days later by the Coast Guard.

There was rapid speculation on the nature of Bill's death and who possibly had a hand in it. While initially ruled an accident, so that Sheriff Patterson could investigate, Matthew admits to committing the murder and goes on the run.

Hauntings[]

Following his death, his ghost appeared to Victoria Winters (85) warning her to leave before she's killed and David Collins (125). He appears a final time, along with the spirits of the Josette and the Widows scaring Matthew Morgan to death and in the process, saving Vicki. (126)

Background information and notes[]

  • Roger told Elizabeth that he'd driven out to Bill's cousin's house to see if they'd heard from him, however, Roger already knew of Bill's death at this point, so it's likely he made the story up (50).
  • He was one of the few characters in the series who spoke with a New England accent.

Appearances[]

3, 9, 17, 19, 21, 32, 39, 40, 43, 44, 45, 46, 50, 51, 85, 125, 126

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