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William X. Flood, (Bill) 71
Staten Island native and Vietnam veteran
Bill died on February 8, 2021, at Albany Medical Center, with his family at his side. His death was due to complications of COVID-19.
The son of the late James A. Flood and Catherine Flood (née Durkin), he was the second child and oldest son in a family of five girls and three boys. Raised in St. Clare Parish, Great Kills, Bill was a lifelong practicing Catholic.
Growing up, he played Little League baseball, swam at the Great Kills' Swim Club, and marched in annual VFW parades that passed by the Flood Family home en route to the Watkins-Kellet Post.
After attending Monsignor Farrell and Tottenville High Schools, Bill joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1968. Following basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina, he was deployed to Vietnam-first to Chu Lai Air Base and later to Da Nang City.
Upon his return home, Bill commenced coursework at Staten Island Community College. While working evenings at the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility for the NYS Department of Corrections, he earned his B.A. from Richmond College (CUNY).
Ski weekends at Hunter Mountain engendered a love of Upstate New York, and in 1984, Bill transferred to Coxsackie-Greene County Correctional and set about putting down roots in the town of Catskill. In 2001, after over three decades on the job, Bill retired from the Department of Corrections as a sergeant.
After his retirement from New York State, he worked at Christman's Golf Course in Windham, which meshed with his love of golf. An avid reader and history buff, Bill read extensively on the Civil War and military history and enjoyed traveling south in winter.
Bill was proud of his Irish heritage and military service. He was an active member of Sullivan-Teator VFW Post 770 in Catskill, where he was a past Post Commander; in addition, he was a lifetime member of the Marine Corps League and a longtime member of the Catskill Chapter of the ELKS.
He will be remembered for his many quiet acts of kindness, his keen wit and outrageous sense of humor, as well as his homegrown tomatoes.
Bill had countless cousins and friends with whom he maintained close personal relationships. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Bill is survived by Catherine Obarski (Tom) of Denver, CO; Nancy Flood of NY, NY (the late Joseph Rinaldi); Lauretta Flood of Las Vegas, NV; Thomas Flood (Maryclare) of Staten Island, NY; Mary Grace Swift of Staten Island, NY; James Flood of Poughkeepsie, NY; and Ellen Flood of Houston, TX.
He was a special uncle to his nieces and nephews, who included Dan (Nancy Levine); Sarah and Katie (Jamie Farrell) Obarski; Tim Rinaldi; Laura Hynes (Tim); Alison and Emily Flood; James and Caroline Swift; and Michael Bins (Priyanka). He was a great-uncle to Abigail and Casey Hynes and Cian Bins. He is also survived by his cat Charlie.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Traver-McCurry, with burial on Friday, February 12, at the Catskill Veteran Memorial Cemetery. A Marine Honor Guard was present, and prayers were read by his parish pastor. Due to the pandemic, the family will be announcing a celebration of Bill's life at a later date.
If so desired, donations made in Bill's name to Mathew 25 Food Pantry will be greatly appreciated: Mathew 25 Food Pantry, 8 Union Street, Catskill, NY 12414. Website: m25foodpantry.com

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Published in Staten Island Advance on Feb. 17, 2021.
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February 20, 2021
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February 20, 2021
The passing of Bill Flood is like the end of an era. He was always there and could always be counted on, a great friend!
Bob&Eva Sweetman / Jill Sweetman Berger
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February 19, 2021
My condolences to all of Billy’s family. We grew up together in Great Kills and St. Clare’s. He was a great guy with a big smile for everyone.
He was one of the best friends of my brother Jay. I know Jay and “Flash” are now together laughing and sharing their memories.
Thank you for your service in the USMC, Billy and rest in peace.
Grace A. Brannigan
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Grace A. Brannigan
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February 18, 2021
Deepest sympathy to the flood family ..RIP bill!!!!’
Mike hennessy
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February 17, 2021
bill was my lifetime friend...
don uebel
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February 17, 2021
Blessings to you and your family. So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers....Irene & Bob
Irene Rando
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