Father William Haley, 83, of Boston, formerly of Holliston, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Regina Cleri Residence in Boston. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Mary (Corkery) and Edward Haley. Ordained for 59 years, Father Haley was a graduate of Boston College High School, St. Clements Hall, and then to St. Johns Seminary. He was ordained by Cardinal Cushing on Jan. 10, 1952. His first parish assignment was at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Waterbury, Conn., then to St. Ambrose in Dorchester. He enlisted in the United States Air Force as a chaplain and retired as a lieutenant colonel. When leaving the service, he became associate pastor at St. Catherines in Norwood and remained there until his appointment to St. Marys Church in Holliston for 30 years. One of nine children, he is survived by one sister, Marie Doherty of Hull, and her children, Mary Beth Tulio and her husband, Ralph, of Cohasset, and James Doherty and his wife, Carol, of Long Island, N.Y.; along with numerous other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He is predeceased by seven brothers, Edward, Joseph, Francis, Walter, Thomas, Robert and Paul. Visitation is Monday, May 16, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Saint Marys Church of Holliston. Additional visitation will be on Tuesday, May 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Regina Cleri Residence in Boston. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, May 18, at 11 a.m., at Saint Marys Church in Holliston, followed by burial in the parish cemetery. Arrangements are by the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to Regina Cleri Residence, 60 William Cardinal O'Connell Way, Boston, MA 02114 or to Saint Marys Church, 8 Church St., Holliston, MA 01746.
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Published in The Ashland Tab from May 15 to May 22, 2011