William P Cleary
Died: May 6, 2016

William P. Cleary, a resident of Putnam Valley since 1968, died at Bethel Springvale Inn on Friday, May 6, 2016. He was 87 years old.

     The son of William and Anna McCarthy Cleary, he was born in New York City on December 29, 1928. He was raised in the Bronx and graduated from Christopher Columbus High School, where he was on the football team.        He went to work for Con Edison in 1949 and retired in 1991, retiring as a Superintendent in the Westchester Division.  He also joined the New York State National Guard as a private at age 17, was chosen to attend Officer Candidate School at Ft Sill, OK in 1952 and was eventually promoted to Captain.

     He was  member of St Columbanus Parish for over 50 years, sent all of his children to parochial school and supported his church as an usher. He set up Bingo in the church hall every Friday night for many years.

     Although he was a hard worker, he always enjoyed a good party, a good glass of scotch, a good cigar and a good game of golf. He loved sports, especially the Yankees and Giants. He was proud of his Irish heritage. In retirement, Bill and Gloria spent winters in Florida. They enjoyed traveling  to Europe, Alaska and the Carribean.

     He was a loving and devoted son, brother, husband and father. His help and support could always be counted on. He is survived by his wife Gloria McDougall Cleary, his sister Faith, his children Ellen, Stephen and Kevin, his grandaughters Jacquelyn and Ashley and his cousins Catherine Smith and Rita Dietrich.

     Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm on Monday, May 9 at the HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME, Morrissey Drive, Putnam Valley.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 am on Tuesday, May 10 at St Columbanus Church, Oregon Road, Cortlandt Manor and interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery.
Eric & Lynn
May 9th, 2016 1:06 pm
Lynn and I are very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Bill Lent
May 9th, 2016 1:20 pm
I was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing.I worked with Bill for many years at Con Ed. He was a great boss and just a real nice guy. May his soul rest in peace. Bill Lent Williamsburg, VA
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