BOLGER--William J. (Bill), died peacefully in Princeton, NJ on June 25, 2014 at the age of 88. A dedicated, wise, and generous husband, father, family man and friend, he lived a long and fulfilling life. Bill was predeceased by his parents, John and Coby Bolger of Sewickley, PA, and by his first wife of 53 years, Eugenie Claire Wagner. Bill was a graduate of Northfield-Mount Hermon prep school in 1944. With the nation still at war, he enlisted in the Navy's V-12 training program. This led him to Princeton University from which he was graduated in 1948. Bill enjoyed a diverse and successful career in general management and commercial real estate consulting before starting his own consulting firm, which he continued until his retirement. He enjoyed challenges, family gatherings, clever jokes, a good debate, old friends, a smart game of cards, travel, the stock market, suspense novels, and more. Bill was a provider: he looked after those he loved and helped many people without attaching strings or seeking attention, and was always guided by his integrity. He is survived by his second wife, Eva Heidmann; his two sons Stephen (Lillian Laserson) and Bruce (Shawn Sparks); grandchildren Kate, Chris, and Elizabeth; Eva's daughters Sofia Ardalan and Lily (John) Scott; siblings Betty (Robert) Fleming, David, Barbara (William) Collett, and Daniel (Linda) Bolger, and many nephews and nieces. He lives on in the many ways he has positively touched so many people and in the memories of his rich and spontaneous personality. Services will be held July 14 at Trinity Church, Princeton, NJ at 1pm followed by a reception at the Nassau Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy.
Published in The New York Times on July 6, 2014