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William F. Lally Jr.

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VALATIE, N.Y. -- William F. Lally Jr., 82, of Kinderhook, passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at the home of his daughter, Maria Lally Clark, surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born on Oct. 20, 1921 in Yonkers, N.Y., the son of William F. Lally Sr., Esq. and Veronica Radford Lally. He was a 1938 graduate of Regis High School in Manhattan. He attended Manhattan College for one year and then entered the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1939, graduating cum laude in 1942. Upon his graduation, Bill served in the U.S. Navy, mainly in the South Pacific, for six years, and was discharged in 1948 as a lieutenant S.G.

After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1948, Bill worked in advertising in New York and served as assistant to the general manager of Pfizer Laboratories, later serving as director of advertising at Pfizer Laboratories. He left Pfizer in 1961 and pursued a career teaching mathematics. During this time Bill also earned his master’s degree in mathematics from Adelphi University. Bill taught mathematics at Jericho High School on Long Island from 1962 to 1968, and at Mt. Anthony Union High School in Bennington, Vt. from 1968 to 1992. He served as president of the Southwestern Vermont Education Association from 1979 to 1982. Upon his retirement from teaching in 1982, he entered Albany Law School, where he earned his J.D. in 1985. He served as an assistant district attorney in Columbia County, N.Y. from 1986 to 1987, and later engaged in the private practice of law with his son, Sean, at the firm of Lally and Lally, P.C. until his retirement in 2003. During the last 10 years of his life, Bill was especially proud of having added Spanish to his repertoire of foreign languages, learning the language partly in exchange for providing free legal services to a Spanish-speaking community through a local church.

Bill was admitted to the New York State Bar, the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, and the United States Supreme Court. He was a member of the Columbia County Bar Association.

He married Margaret F. Lally on June 18, 1949. Margaret passed away on Oct. 11, 2003.

He is survived by four daughters, Mary Ellen Lally-Pinette (Mark) of Roswell, Ga., Monica L. Myers (Ronald) of Frederick, Md., Maria Lally Clark Esq. (John) of Valatie, (Mary Frances) Casey (Bill) Morris of Rexford. He is also survived by two sons, Christopher M. Lally (Patti) of Concord, N.H. and Sean P. Lally, Esq. of Kinderhook. He was predeceased by his son, William F. Lally III, and his daughter, Siobhan Lally de Kervor. Bill is also survived by a special friend of the family whom we informally adopted as the sixth daughter and ninth child, Lisa Verschoor Smith of Cambridge. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Nicholas Millington Lally of Bennington, Vt., Dylan N. de Kervor of Laurel, Md., Kaitlin L. Pinette and Emma L. Pinette of Roswell, Ga., Hannah C. Lally and Michael S. Lally of Concord, N.H., Margaret M. Clark and Regina A. Clark of Valatie, and Benjamin K. Morris of Rexford. He is survived by four sisters and one brother, Mrs. Francis M. (Clare) Farrell of Silver Spring, Md., Mrs. A. Davis Jordan (Vera) of Rockville Centre and West Gilgo Beach, Mrs. Roland S. Inlow (Rosemary) of McLean, Va., Mrs. Aileen L. Ferguson of Wilmington, N.C. and James R. Lally of Nanuet.

At Mr. Lally’s express request, there will be no calling hours. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 1 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie. Burial will be at the family’s convenience at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. and will be announced at a later date. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Margaret F. Lally Scholarship Fund at the Kinderhook Garden Club, P.O. Box 373, Kinderhook, NY 12106-0373.

The family wishes to acknowledge the loving and respectful care provided to Bill during the last several months by the staff of the Columbia-Greene Community Hospice.
Published in Bennington Banner from May 18 to May 20, 2004
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