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FEELY Dr. William James Feely (Bill) passed away surrounded by his wife, children and family members at St. Vincent s Medical Center following an extended illness on July 13th. The only son of Irish Immigrants, Rita and Owen Feely, Bill was born in New York City on January 11, 1938. His parents always encouraged their son to achieve a better life through education and hard work. Bill followed his parents example, achieving high levels in schooling and started his first job at age six as a newspaper boy. Later, he worked as a clerk in various stores and as an elevator operator to put himself through college. Bill graduated from St. Johns University in 1959 with a degree in Pharmacy, a profession he loved and practiced through much of his life. Upon graduation, he practiced first in New York City, and then as a member of the United States Army from 1961 to 1963. Later Bill moved to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue graduate studies in business, receiving his Masters Degree in Hospital Administration in 1970 and Ph.D. in Health Administration in 1974 from Georgia State University. During these years he met and married Christa (initially a blind date that became a life together), worked full time in retail pharmacy and published a number of articles as well. Following graduation, Bill served in various positions in health administration including Assistant Administrator for Professional Services at the Henrietta Eggleston Hospital for Children, associated with Emory University in Atlanta; Chief Executive Officer for the Griffin - Spalding County Hospital in Griffin, Georgia; Corporate Director for the Sisters of St. Francis Health Services in South Bend, Indiana and Vice President of Professional Services for St Vincent s Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida. After retiring from active administration, Bill became a professor for graduate healthcare studies with Brenau University and Central Michigan University. In this role he traveled to his students, particularly military personnel here in Jacksonville and at other bases. However, due to the onset of ill health and disability, Bill was forced to retire again and change directions, turning his energies toward family, faith, philanthropic work, his love of reading all types of literature, writing, and a new avocation of sketching and painting. Bill leaves behind Christa, his beloved wife of 44 years, and three children, Scott Banian Feely, Vicki Shea Galarza (Joel) and granddaughter Gabriella all of Jacksonville, and Shawn William Feely of Ellsworth, Kansas. Also, his sister-in-law, Dr. Margaret Janz of Jacksonville, brother-in-law, Fred Janz (Rhoda) of Modesto, California; nieces and nephew Liza Karvonen (Grant and son Parker), Stacey (T.J.) Janz and Jason Janz. His cousins, Mike Mullholland, Joe Mullholland, Frank Mollo, Mary Moholland, Mark Crean, Carla Riehl, Vickie Crean, and Keith Crean. His special friends also gave him sustenance especially during the last difficult days and are Jeanne and Duncan Stewart, Daisy Anderson, Darlene Luttrell, Helen Stewart, Rachael Stewart, Sam Stewart, Bill Lyons, Bill O Brien, Pati Spivey and John McCorvey. Bill s special four-footed friend, Owen, gave him days of joy and comfort. The family wishes to thank the entire staff of St. Vincent s Medical Center s Coronary Care Unit for their compassionate and expert care. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations kindly be given to St. Paul s School, 2609 Park Street, Riverside to provide scholarships for deserving young students. Visitation will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday, July 16, 2013with Vigil Prayers at 7:00pm in Hardage-Giddens Hendricks Avenue Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am on Wednesday, July 17, in St Paul s Catholic Church located at 2609 Park St, Jacksonville FL 32204 with Rev Thomas Sullivan as Celebrant, followed by interment in Jacksonville National Cemetery Words of comfort can be left at Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home 4115 Hendricks Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32207. (904) 346-3808. Please Sign the Guestbook @

Published in the Florida Times-Union on July 16, 2013
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