Rochester, NY: William P. Corcoran Jr. 2/21/42 – 9/3/17
William “Billy” Corcoran Jr. was born to William Sr. and Alice Corcoran at Glens Falls Hospital in Glens Falls, NY, on a frigid fair weather Saturday in 1942. In 1949 at age 7, he contracted Polio, but survived without any lasting debilitation. He played baseball and basketball. He joined the Cub Scouts and served mass as an altar boy. Billy attended St. Mary’s Academyin Glens Falls, from K-12, and graduated in 1960. His Father, Mother, and his siblings Maureen, Patrick, Colleen, and AnneMarie, all graduated from the same academy. In the fall of 1960, as a freshman, he enrolled at Siena College in Latham, NY. Through his sophomore year, he played baseball until he was hit with a pitch and broke his left orbital bone. While going tocollege, he worked in the summers on the Delaware & Hudson Railroad laying track, and on a Budweiser distributor beer truck. He joined the ROTC in 1962. After graduating from Siena with a degree in Accounting, he joined the Army Reserves as an officer. Starting as a Sergeant, and while in basic training, he came down with pneumonia. A year later he was promoted to Lieutenant. Bill took his first job as an accountant in 1965 in Corinth, NY with International Paper. In 1967, he accepted his first position with Chesebrough Ponds in Oriskany Falls, NY. Shortly after, he moved to Pittsburgh, PA in 1968 to be an internal auditor. As an auditor, he traveled to Rochester, NY to audit a newly acquired company called Ragu Foods Inc. While there in 1969, he met Kathleen Reish, who was also employed at Ragu. As luck would have it, in 1969, Bill would move to Rochester to become an accountant at Ragu.On the move again, the 30 year old headed to Merced, CA to take a position as the plant accountant in 1972. There he stayed until 1974, when he came back to Rochester as the Division Finance Manager. Bill visited his ancestral homeland, Ireland in 1973. A few years later in 1978, he married Kathy, and they had their first child Sean in 1979. Later on,they had a second child Kerri in 1986. Bill and Kathy were both avid bowlers, played softball, loved camping and enjoyed many gatherings among friends and family. They served on the board at St. Christopher’s Church, and were involved in various activities involving their kids. Bill became a hockey, baseball, soccer, and cheerleading dad along the way. He attended every event, near and far, where his kids were involved. After Ragu, Bill worked for Elizabeth Arden,Rochester Colgate Divinity School, St. Peter and Paul Church, Head Start Of Rochester, and tried his hand with a Towne Club Beverage Center. In a tragic turn of events, Bill suffered a heart attack on November 22, 1996. He began as a Public Safety Officer with the Greece Police Department in 2000, and retired in 2012. In his last employed position, he worked as a Security Guard for Securitas, until 2016. Bill had a passion for books, and was a very loyal and frequent patron to the public library. He enjoyed Notre Dame football on TV, and attended 2 gamesin person. He was also a fan of the NY Mets,Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Golf, and college basketball. Westerns, both on TV and films were his favorite to watch.Bill had a love of plants and flowers, particularly his tomatoes and knockout roses. He was interested in trains, railroads, and lighthouses. Through the years Bill was an Uncle to KellieAnn, Karen, Timothy, David, and Jennifer. He was a Grandfather to Madeline Rose and Ryan. He was a brother in law to Bobby, Sharon, Melissa, Tom and Patty. Easily, he was a friend to many. Bill was quick as a whip and a storyteller to all. He could talk to anyone, anywhere, about anything. Health complications, due to his weakened heart,came creeping in during his last years. In his last months, Bill walked his daughter down the aisle, saw his first grandchild born, camped, visited the State Fair, and celebrated his 75th birthday with a huge surprise party. He had final complications with his health and visited Strong Hospital in Rochester, NY on Friday September 1, 2017. William left us September 3, 2017, on a calm, cool, and peaceful Sunday night with family close at his side.He is predeceased by his father William Sr., mother Alice, and niece Kellie Ann.He is survived by his wife of 39 years Kathy, son Sean (Paige), daughter Kerri (Jeremy) Klein,mother in law Marian, sisters Maureen, Colleen, Anne Marie, brother Pat, brothers in law Bobby, Tom, sisters in law Sharon, Melissa, Patty, nephews Timmy, David, nieces Karen, Jennifer, granddaughter Madeline Rose, and grandson Ryan.He will be missed beyond any defined measure. He will be remembered with a plethora of memories, shared by a great number of friends and family. He was always happy to recount his own moments with so manydifferent people, whose company he cherished. It is now, that we all shall share the void, absent the stubborn, yet principled, sincere, and undeniably genuine,Irishman.
- ArdheisDé go raibhaanam