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Harrell, William ALBANY William "Billy" Harrell, 85, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Billy was born the son of John Nurney Harrell and Queen Ethel Harrell, on July 18, 1928 in Norristown, Pa. Bill graduated from Siena College with a bachelor of science degree. He played ball for Siena from 1949 to 1952 and lead the 49-50 basketball team to a National Catholic Invitational Tournament victory. Bill was the third person inducted into Siena's Athletics Hall of Fame in 1966 and the first person to have his Siena jersey retired in 2006. His no. 10 jersey now hangs from the rafters at the Times Union Center in Albany. Bill also went on to play four years of major league baseball, three years with the Cleveland Indians and one with the Boston Red Sox. Bill worked with the New York State Division for Youth for many years until retirement. He was an avid bowler and loved watching any baseball game and his Siena Saints basketball. He also served in several capacities at Oakwood Avenue Presbyterian church throughout the years. Bill was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Nurney "Buster" Harrell and Percy Harrell; a sister, Sarah Harrell and two sisters-in-law, Lou Jean and Lillian Harrell. He leaves behind his loving wife, Miriam; his two brothers, David Harrell and James "Pete" Harrell (Rose) along with his children, William S. (Lil) Harrell of Las Vegas, Nev., Tanya H. (Calvin) Little of Crystal Lake, Ill., Christine E. (Les) Harewood of Las Vegas, and Diane M. Wyatt of Rochester and Tyrone Canty (Rosie) of Albany. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the in New York, 1595 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14620 in Bill's memory. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Alumni Recreation Center (ARC), 515 Loudon Rd, Loudonville (off Spring Street, 4th driveway). Calling hours will be Monday, May 12, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. at New Comer Cannon Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Rd., Colonie. Interment will follow the service in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy. To leave a special message for the family online, visit newcomeralbany.com
Published in Albany Times Union from May 8 to May 11, 2014
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