LAKE PLACID — William C. “Bill” Hurley, 85, passed away Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 at his home in Lake Placid.
A true native of Lake Placid, he was born there on May 5, 1924, the son of William J. and Claire Hurley. He graduated from Lake Placid High School in 1942 and attended the University of Notre Dame for a year before enlisting in the Army and serving in Italy with the OSS during World War II. Upon his honorable discharge, he resumed his education, and graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1949.
He returned to Lake Placid and joined the family business, Hurley Brothers Inc., where he became the third generation officer and owner. In 1995 he retired and turned over the business to his two sons. He loved golf and tennis, spending his summers in Lake Placid and winters in Florida, trying to perfect his game.
His love of his hometown is evident from his participation in many civic and community organizations. He was the president of the Lake Placid Memorial Hospital Board, served on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and was a Lake Placid village trustee. He was the co-chair of the first FISU games and was an active participant in the Lake Placid Ski Club, organizing youth ski races, one of which became the Hovey Memorial race, now in its 46th year.
He was a member of the Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee and a lifelong communicant of St. Agnes Church, where he served on the Parish Council. He belonged to American Legion Post 326 for more than 50 years.
One of his favorite activities was being a tour guide for all his visiting friends and relatives, giving the “Hurley Lake Placid Tour.”
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia Hurley; his children: Janet Bliss (Brian), Barbara Crowley (Dick), Patricia “Missy” Goulette (Ken), William R. Hurley and his fiancee Paula Sansone, and Michael J. Hurley; six grandchildren: Gillian Crowley Livesay (Greg), Brian Crowley, Sarah Crowley, Evan Bliss, Andrew Bliss and Kaleigh Goulette; and a great-grandchild, Landon William Livesay. Mr. Hurley is also survived by his sister, Carol Benson (Tom); brothers-in-law Ben Russell (Pat) and Tim Russell (Chris); and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, John “Don” Hurley.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at the Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at St. Agnes Church. Interment will be in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to High Peaks Hospice, the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service, the Lake Placid/North Elba Historical Society or a charity of one’s choice.