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William M. Linnan Jr.

Linnan, William M. Jr. LOUDONVILLE William M. Linnan Jr. of West Yarmouth, Mass. and of Loudonville, N.Y. passed away peacefully on February 15, 2013 after a valiant battle with cancer. Born in Olean, N.Y. in April 1938, he was the son of the late William M. Linnan Sr. and Genevieve Toohey Linnan of Delmar, N.Y. and Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. He was predeceased by his son, Michael Jon Linnan. Bill is survived by his wife, Claire Middleton Linnan; his son, William Mark (Janice) Linnan; daughter, Kelly Sue (Chad) Gruber; and stepson, John (Chrysauna) Piccolo. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Grace and Harrison Linnan, Molly and Abby Gruber and Cecilia Piccolo; and his brothers, David J. Linnan of Orlando, Fla. and James D. (Maura) Linnan of Albany, N.Y.; and his sister, Jeanne Marie Flanigan of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He will long be remembered as the loving and happy "Uncle Billy" to his many nephews and nieces and "Pops" to his five beloved grandchildren. Bill attended Christian Brothers Academy and graduated from Bethlehem Central High School in 1956. Upon graduation, Bill entered the US Air Force where he served with the 79th fighter group and was honorably discharged in 1960. Upon returning from the Air Force, he was employed by the Lange-Finn Construction Company, while he attended Union College to pursue a degree in civil engineering. Upon his retirement from Lange-Finn, he was vice president and an owner of the company. He later worked with Callanan Industries, Maloy Construction and Mallin Mendel and Associates. Bill was involved in many significant construction projects in upstate N.Y., including structures at Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Hospital, Siena College, the Port of Albany, and Albany International Airport. Bill was responsible for rebuilding the New York State Thruway bridge over the Schoharie Creek after its tragic collapse in April 1987. Bill was an avid golfer, carding three holes-in-one during his life-long career. He was a member of several clubs, including the Van Schaick Island Country Club, Albany Country Club, Wolferts Roost Country Club, Mohawk Valley Country Club, Sawgrass Country Club and the Tournament Players Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. and Cummaquid Golf Club and Hyannis Yacht Club on Cape Cod. He was a long-time member of the board of Governors of the Wolferts Roost Country Club. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 9 a.m. from the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen St., Albany thence to the Historic Church of St. Mary on Capitol Hill, Albany at 9:30 a.m. where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited and may call Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment, St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. A memorial Mass and celebration of Bill's life will take place on April 28, 2013 on Cape Cod. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Bill's name to the McCarthy Center Hospice, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601. To leave the family a message on their guest book, obtain a prayer card or directions, please visit McveighFuneralHome.com

Funeral Home

McVeigh Funeral Home
208 North Allen Street Albany, NY 12206
(518) 489-0188

Published in Albany Times Union from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2013
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