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William P. Hurley, former tavern owner April 14, 1920 -- Dec. 12, 2006

NIAGARA FALLS -- William P. "Twill" Hurley, a World War II veteran and former tavern owner, died Tuesday in Gowanda Nursing Home, Gowanda. He was 86.

Born in Ashland, Pa., he attended school in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Hurley was a private with the 593rd Army Air Force Base Unit from January 1940 until his discharge in September 1945. He was involved in campaigns in the East Indies and New Guinea.

In 1946, he moved to Niagara Falls and worked at Union Carbide Corp. until the 1950s, when he went to work for Carborundum Co., retiring in the early 1980s.

He was also the proprietor of Hurley's Tavern at 15th Street and Pierce Avenue.

His wife of 43 years, Rita G. Champagne Hurley, died in 1990.

Survivors include two daughters, Margaret J. Hurley Culp and Sandra Murrell, and two sons, Mark J. and Timothy P.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St.


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