Garland, William J. Sr. MECHANICVILLE William J. Garland Sr., 85, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, with his loving family by his side. Son of the late Emma and John Garland, Bill was born on January 15, 1929, and was a lifelong resident of Mechanicville. He attended Mechanicville schools before enlisting in the U.S. Navy (Seabees) in 1946 and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands. After being honorably discharged, he was employed by the New York State Department of Transportation, Division of Canals, retiring in 1982 after 32 years of service. An avid Red Sox fan, Bill was also known and loved for his gift of candor. He was devoted to working with the young people in his community where he was involved with the youth center, the Mechanicville-Stillwater Little League, and Pop Warner football programs. Bill was a member of the Mechanicville Stillwater Elks and Disabled American Veterans. Previously he was a member of the Mechanicville Fire Department, Knights of Columbus and Rotary Club. Bill was a faithful parishioner of All Saints on the Hudson parish, where he and his wife would attend Mass every Sunday until he took ill. After retiring he enjoyed playing golf, taking trips to the casinos and the Saratoga Race Course, and spending some time in Florida. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Rosemary; and their three children, William (Theresa) Garland Jr., Kathleen (Glenn) Powers of Mechanicville, and Timothy (Christina) Garland of Ballston Spa. He was Poppy to seven beloved grandchildren, Maggie Powers, Kaylyn, Kara, and Devin Garland of Mechanicville and Sean, Jonathan, and Patrick Garland of Ballston Spa. Bill is also survived by his sisters, Rosemary Delano of Rexford and Catherine Strubel of Mechanicville as well as many dear nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Jack. Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2014 at All Saints on the Hudson South Church, (St. Paul's), 121 N. Main St., Mechanicville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at All Saints on the Hudson South Church. Burial with military honors will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the All Saints on the Hudson Endowment Fund or a
in memory of Bill Garland Sr. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373). Online remembrances may be made at burkefuneralhome.com.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Feb. 2, 2014