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William J. Dooley, Sr.

April 26, 1926 ~ October 6, 2017 (age 91)

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Gathering of Family and Friends
October 10, 2017

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cody-White Funeral Home
107 N. Broad Street
Milford, CT 06460

Mass of Christian Burial
October 11, 2017

10:30 AM
Saint Mary Church
70 Gulf Street
Milford, CT 06460

Interment with Military Honors

Saint Mary Cemetery
Buckingham Ave.
Milford, CT 06460

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William J. Dooley, Sr., 91, of Elim Park, Cheshire, previously of Milford for 60 years, beloved husband of the late Jean Thibault Dooley, passed away peacefully on October 6, 2017. Born on April 26, 1926 in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late William and Margaret Dooley Fortin.   

William served in the US Navy during WW II serving in the pacific theatre aboard the USS Dauphin APA 97. He was a member of St. Mary Parish, St. Mary Holy Name Society, the Knights of Columbus and was a mentor for Junior Achievement. He retired as a purchasing manager for Allison Abrasives of Shelton after serving 37 years with the company. Among his many attributes, he is best known for his genuine kindness, sense of humor and love of his family.

William is survived by his children, Katherine (Thomas) Golembeski, Patricia (Kenneth) Beckley, William (Kathleen) Dooley, and Joseph (Valerie) Dooley; grandchildren, Thomas (Kelly) Golembeski, Karen (David) Dimitrious, Kenneth (Jennifer) Beckley, Elizabeth (James) Rumbaugh, Sarah (Eric) Griffin, Meghan (Ralph) Davidson-Palmer, Erin, William, Christopher, and Emily Dooley; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Jackson and Cayden Griffin, Kevin Beckley, Madeline and Josephine Dimitrious, Miles and Oliver Rumbaugh; many loving nieces and nephews. William was predeceased by his brother, James Dooley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Mary Church, 70 Gulf St., Milford (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH). Interment with Military Honors will follow at Saint Mary Cemetery, Buckingham Ave., Milford. Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460. Memorial contributions may be made to Elim Park HCC, 140 Cook Hill Rd., Cheshire, CT. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at

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