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William T. Reid Jr.

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William "Bill" T. Reid, Jr. Bill Reid, of Austin, Tex., passed away Thursday January 14, 2010, at age 71. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 22, 1938, to William T. Reid and Cathryn F. Roti. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Kay Rooney and Patricia Morrissey and his niece, Kate Torossian. Bill grew up in Chicago and joined the Marines at age 17. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marines in 1958 and then became a Trappist Monk. A few years later, he left the Monastery and attended college at Georgetown University and Pace University. Eventually, he received a B.S. in Business Administration from Pace University. He married and moved to Yorktown Heights, NY. Bill was a man who was happy with the simple things in life, family, friends and God. For most of his life, Bill lived in Yorktown Heights, NY, where he worked at and attended St. Patrick's Church. When he moved to Austin to be close to his children and grandchildren a few years ago, he adopted St. Mary's Cathedral as his new home and eventually found a job at the Church. He very quickly became a favorite with the staff as well as the children who attend school there. There are countless people who considered him a friend, as he failed to distinguish between long time friends and new acquaintances - they were all important to him. He is survived by his children, William T. Reid, IV and wife Misty of Austin, Margaret Ann Dunphy and husband Tom of New Paltz, and Annemarie Reid of Austin; his grandchildren, Jack and Luke Dunphy, Avery and William "Quinn" T. Reid, V, and a granddaughter to be born in March of this year; brothers and sisters-in-law Dan and Maria Reid, John and Maureen Reid, Tom and Molly Reid, and Mike and Arlene Reid as well as his brothers-in-law, Leo Morrissey and Patrick Rooney and wife Joanne. Throughout his life, Bill was a jack of all trades and always a hard worker. His various jobs included, being a janitor, accountant, teacher, tax preparer, painter, and mover. He was most passionate about his work in the church. Besides his family and faith, Bill loved college football, adopted the Texas Longhorns as his football team, and strongly disliked the BCS Championship system, he also loved the Olympics, baseball, golf, and virtually any other sport. A wake will be held at the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 S. Congress Avenue in Austin on Sunday January 17th from 4:00 to 7:00 and a funeral will be held at St. Mary's Cathedral, 203 E. 10th Street at 10:00 a.m. on Monday January 18th. Memorials and guestbook online at http://wcfish.com


Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 17, 2010
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