NELLIGAN, WILLIAM A. "BILL" JR., 90, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Forum at Brookside.
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He was born September 2, 1922 to the late William A. Sr. and Catherine Volpert Nelligan. Bill was a longtime member of the Termite Athletic Club, Knights of Columbus, a founding member of St. Basil, and a current member of St. Patrick and a Navy veteran.
Bill was retired from the U.S. Postal Service and the Louisville Federal Credit Union. As a young man he played basketball at Mackin Gym and lots of softball. After his retirement he spent many days playing golf with his friends. Bill was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. In his more than six years living at Brookside, he became a friend to all through his positive and caring attitude and was the most famous Brookside Irishman. The foundation for his life was his Catholic faith, focusing on family, friends and his love for Jesus Christ. .He loved to travel with his wife Doris; his most memorable trip was a trip to Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and getting the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone. He was also a lifelong fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years Doris; his parents; all siblings, John, Mary Helen, Dorothy Humphrey and Margaret McGuire; and his only grandson, Chris Nelligan.
Bill is survived by daughter Kathleen Thompson (Dr. Kevin Thompson); son, Mike (Mary Jane); granddaughters, Kristin Stevenson (David), Dr. Kara Beth Thompson, Kacey Frazier (Lucas) and Laura Nelligan; and great-grandchildren Emma and Hannah Stevenson and Anna and Eli Frazier.
The family would like to extend its gratitude and thanks to the compassionate staff of the Forum at Brookside, who treated Bill with love, respect and dignity and cared for him as if he was their own father.
Visitation will be at Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road in Middletown, on Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick, 1000 N. Beckley Station Road with burial at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Mass of the Air.
Ratterman Brothers - East Louisville
12900 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, KY 40243
Published in The Courier-Journal from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2013