McGready, William “Bill” 72, of Galloway, passed away at home on July 3rd. Bill was born in Philadelphia and attended the Berklee College of Music. He was a well-known and respected musician who played, arranged, conducted, and sang in the tri-state area. He played for many local artists. Bill conducted and played “The Rat Pack” show at The Sands Casino, and also played and conducted for the late Joan Rivers when she worked in Atlantic City. In earlier years, he toured the UK with a Big Band Glenn Miller show. He was a staple and Steve and Cookie’s Restaurant.
Bill was the music minister at Holy Trinity Parish in Longport. He taught piano at Blessed Sacrament and St. Phillips school. Bill also played and conducted several musicals at Holy Spirit High School. He played in the Navy Band where he served aboard the USS Enterprise during the Vietnam War. He was a proud veteran.
Bill is predeceased by his mother Claire and father William Senior. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Janet C “Mousie” who he first met while he was a year old and Janet an infant. Their late mothers were best friends from the time they were 13 years old. No doubt this was destiny!
He is also survived by his brother John (Karin Rex); his sisters Margaret Hickey (Jim) and Eileen; several nephews and nieces; also surviving is his good friend and work colleague Claire Collins.
Bill was a proud 39 year member of the “Bill W.” Club. Bill was a fighter. He fought a long hard, courageous battle with cancer. While it stole his body, it could not steal his soul. Bill was a man of worth.
May you be playing your heavenly piano, doing what you loved most, while your little beloved dog Angel sits curled up in your lap.
Forever missed, forever remembered.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11am on Monday, July 12th at Holy Trinity Parish: Blessed Sacrament Church, Ventnor Ave., Margate.
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