William (Bill) Michael Hyland passed away the morning of January 6th, 2019 a month shy of his 89th birthday.
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Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Bill graduated from St. Michael’s Diocesan High School in 1948 and went on to earn both a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a law degree from Fordham University. He was an early pioneer in sports television broadcasting and he enjoyed a successful career spanning more than four decades at Globecast and its predecessor companies before retiring from his position as Senior Vice President for Business Affairs in 1998.
A lifelong parishioner of St. Ephrem’s Church, Bill received his elementary school education at the parish school and, later, as an adult, served as a founding member of the St. Ephrem’s Parish Council and its Finance Committee. For many years he administered Holy Communion as a Eucharistic Minister and he also volunteered his time as a member of the parish’s Christian Awareness Program.
For forty-six years, Bill served as treasurer of the St. Michael’s Alumni Association. In recognition of his many years of service and support for its charitable activities, Bill was inducted into the St Francis Xavier Society in 1989 and into the Society of St. Michael in 2002. In 2008 he was chosen as St. Michael’s Alumni Association’s Honoree of the Year.
Bill married Ruby Marie Blundell in 1955 and together they raised five children. The family spent summers at their cabin in Candlewood Knolls, Connecticut. The Knolls was a favorite place for Bill. He made many very close friends there - friendships that endured for more than fifty years. Over the years, Bill and Ruby enjoyed the social life of the community - they chaired dinner dances, organized trips to Saratoga Race Course, and hosted more than a few impromptu Irish coffee parties. In later years Bill enjoyed relaxing on the porch reading a book or the Sunday paper or just watching softball games from his centerfield “catbird’s seat”. The Family Picnic was always a favorite event - Bill enjoyed the company of his extended family on this day. The enthusiasm he showed for this family get-together was infectious and is a sentiment that lives on with his grandchildren who consider this day as their “most favorite day of the year “.
Bill had a broad smile and a quick wit, a keen intellect, a high moral ethic, a strong sense of duty, and a willingness to make many personal sacrifices to benefit his family and friends. Bill possessed an unshakable faith in his God and served as a shining example for others to follow.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife Ruby, their five children and their spouses Bill (Sue) Hyland, Jr., Kathleen (Brian) Shanahan, Rich Hyland, Jim (Lucille) Hyland, Marybeth (Norrie) Manson; eleven grandchildren (Joe, Mike, Tim, Brian, Patrick, Marika, Justin, Katie, Julie, Daniel, and Kevin), four great-grandchildren (Brandon, Avery, Tommy and Emma), his sister Mary, his granddaughters-in-law (Nicole and Gina), and his many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents John and Mary, his brother Jack and his sister-in-law Maureen, his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Jeanette and George Guthinger, and Annie and Walter Juckiewicz.
Visitation hours are Wednesday, January 9th, from 7 to 9 PM and Thursday, January 10th from 2 to 5 PM and from 7 to 9 PM at McLaughlin and Sons Funeral Home, 9620 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 11th at 11:30 AM at St. Ephrem’s RC Church, 929 Bay Ridge Parkway, Brooklyn, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to the St. Michael’s Alumni Association, c/o Xaverian High School, 7100 Shore Road, Brooklyn, NY 11209 or to a charity of your choice.