Bill McCartney, 79, loving father, grandfather, brother and uncle, died peacefully Dec. 26, 2013, at his home in Wheaton, surrounded by his family. Born Sept. 1, 1934, in Evergreen Park, Bill graduated from Wheaton Academy and Wheaton College. He began a career in sales and worked in multiple industries until he retired. In August 1982, Bill sought recovery for alcoholism. Since that time he actively participated in service work. He provided fellowship and devoted his life to helping others in recovery. On Aug. 20, 2013, he celebrated 31 years of sobriety. In his lifetime, Bill developed a strong network of friends. He touched many lives and brought joy, humor and wisdom to those he knew. He loved being outside with his grandchildren, and socializing. In his quiet moments, Bill enjoyed reading, golfing, and practical jokes. He is survived by his life partner, Mary Zablock, his two children, Amy Lynn (Mark) VanKerkhoff and Todd McCartney; and five grandchildren, Mary's four children, Maribeth Kanoon, Larry (Debi) Zablock, Janet Zablock, Patty (Bryant) Macy and six grandchildren, his sisters, Linda Pavo and Mary Ann McCartney; and his brother, Gib McCartney. The family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to Hospice of Northeastern Illinois, Alcoholics Anonymous or another charitable organization of choice. Bill's Celebration of Life Memorial will be from 10 am until 12 noon Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 North West St., Wheaton. Arrangements by DuPage Cremations, Ltd. and Memorial Chapel 630-293-5200.
Published by Daily Herald on Jan. 5, 2014.