William Francis Hennessey (September 29, 1953 - August 28, 2013)

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Bill Hennessey, 59 years old, loved and respected by many, died of a malignant brain tumor at home in Port Angeles on August 28, 2013. He is already missed terribly by all the family and friends who were recipients of his intellect, compassion, intellectual curiosity, wit and artistic creativity.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine Hennessey; their children, Sam, Kelly and Erin; his father, William Hennessey Sr.; his brothers, Jim, John, Steve, Tom, Bob and Pat Hennessey; and his 41-plus nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Anne Hennessey, and his mother, Kathleen Hennessey.

Bill was born in Seattle, Washington, on September 29, 1953, and grew up on Capital Hill in Seattle, attended Seattle Preparatory School, graduated from the University of Washington in the School of Forestry and St. Louis University School of Medicine.

He worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a soils scientist/naturalist before practicing as a family physician for 25 years. His other interests were widely varied and too numerous to list, but fishing was near the top of the list, and he loved his family deeply.

For all those who knew and loved Bill, there will be an open house at the Hennessey home on Monday, September 2, at 1 p.m. at 907 Black Diamond Road, Port Angeles.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Peninsula College Foundation, www.pcfoundation.ctc.edu, for continued support of poetry and the arts in local native tribes.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Sept. 1, 2013
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