Born in Ireland on October 28, 1926 and returned to God on October 19, 2013. He loved life, and people were his great joy. Coming to Seattle in 1946 because his Uncle, Fr. Tom Lane, was serving here as a priest, Fr. Bill finished his studies for the priesthood here and was ordained a priest on March 25, 1950 at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. He served as an Associate Pastor at St. James Cathedral in Seattle, and at St. Joseph's in Chehalis. After serving in Tacoma's Sacred Heart parish under Fr. Chuck Kelly for five years, he then became the Founding Pastor of St. Mary Magdalen parish in South Everett. He also served as pastor of Our Lady of the Lake in Seattle, Our Lady of Fatima in Seattle, and his final pastorate was at St. Nicholas in Gig Harbor. Altogether he spent 39 years in parish work. He helped the archdiocese by being a consultor to the archbishop, working on the first Priest Senate and various committees over the years when asked by the archbishop. The Jesus-Caritas Fraternity, a special group of priests that met once a month to reflect on priestly ministry and pray for parishioners and fellow priests, was an important part of his life for over 40 years. Coming from a large Irish family of five brothers and one sister, he would return to Ireland for a visit every few years. He could sing Irish songs by the hour and delight his audiences with his beautiful voice. After his retirement, he helped in various parishes on the weekends, especially at St. Thomas More in Lynnwood, and at Our Lady Queen of Heaven in Spanaway. He was much loved by parishioners and friends, and he rarely missed a gathering of priests. His gift to us all was his love of God and his love of being a priest. He wishes to thank all those nurses and aides who cared for him so faithfully and well at Franke Tobey Jones and at Young at Heart care facilities in Tacoma. He is predeceased by his sister, Sr. De Pazzi; and brothers John, Tom, Mike, and Patrick. He is survived by his brother, Jim Lane; and by four sisters-in law, Maureen, Eileen, Teresa, and Mary Lane; and by many nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews, all in Ireland. His Vigil Service will be Sunday, October 27 at 7 p.m., and his funeral Mass will be Monday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m. both at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 3307 W. Dravus, St., Seattle. Remembrances may be made to the Mission Office, 710 9th Ave. Seattle, Wa. 98104 Hoffner Fisher & Harvey Seattle, Washington Guestbook at harveyfuneral.com
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Oct. 23 to Oct. 30, 2013