Jan. 18, 1930 – June 18, 2014
William J. Hurley, a longtime City of Tonawanda educator, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 84.
Mr. Hurley, who was born in Buffalo, began working at a young age, having a route for both The Buffalo Evening News and Courier-Express while attending St. Paul’s School in Kenmore during the late 1930s and early 1940s.
While attending Canisius High School, from which he graduated in 1948, Mr. Hurley worked at the Delaware Fruit Market, Nuway Market and Iona’s Restaurant in North Buffalo.
He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in secondary education and school administration from Buffalo State Teachers College. He also pursued graduate studies at Colgate University.
While in college, he met his future wife, Marguerite Buscani, whom he married in 1951.
During these years, he worked for the New York Central Railroad.
Mr. Hurley and his wife raised their five children on Walter Avenue in the City of Tonawanda, where they lived for more than 45 years.
In 1953, he became a social studies and math teacher in the Tonawanda district.
In 1956, he became principal of Fletcher Elementary School, a post he held for 25 years.
He later became principal of Mullen Elementary School.
He was a longtime member of the National Hose Company in the City of Tonawanda.
Mr. Hurley was a long-standing member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, serving as an usher, CCD program administrator and parish outreach volunteer.
He and his wife loved to travel, and they visited Italy, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Ireland, Spain, Morocco, the Panama Canal Zone, Mexico, islands of the Caribbean and most regions across the United States. In Italy, one of their favorite places, Mr. Hurley had a private audience with Pope John Paul II in 1994.
He also was an avid reader, a Gilbert and Sullivan aficionado and competitive pinochle player.
In addition to his wife of 63 years, he is survived by a daughter, Dawn M. Riggie; four sons, William J., Christopher J., Kevin J. and Patrick J.; two sisters, Margaret Boehler and Sally Hurley; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 150 Broad St., City of Tonawanda.