Dec. 27, 1930 – June 6, 2019
William A. Carrigan Jr. was the fourth generation of his family to become a plastering contractor. His father did plaster work in Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna.
“He was an intern to his grandfather in England,” his daughter, Linda Schmolke, said. “He did historical restoration for mansions in Buffalo. He did ornamental plastering. It was beautiful.”
The owner and operator of Town and Country Plastering in Getzville, he died June 6 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long illness. He was 88.
Born in Buffalo, he grew up in the Masten Park neighborhood and attended School 8 and a high school in the city. He worked as a plasterer all his life.
He had passed the business on to his son, William A. III, until he died in a motorcycle accident in 2013. He continued working until recently, his daughter said.
A boating enthusiast, he was former commodore of Outboard Boat Club in the Town of Tonawanda and a member of the Buffalo Power Squadron. He was a longtime Getzville volunteer firefighter.
“After he sold the boat,” his daughter said, “he got into sports cars.”
His pride and joy was a yellow Triumph TR7, which he displayed at car shows.
As a boy, he wrote letters to celebrities and servicemen in World War II. A letter to Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan led to a meeting and photo with the celebrated aviator when he visited Buffalo after his unintentional transatlantic flight to Ireland in 1938.
He also enjoyed traveling, gardening, snowmobiling, dogs and bird watching.
For 20 years, he spent winters in Punta Gorda, Fla. After his condominium there was heavily damaged by Hurricane Charley in 2004, he rebuilt it himself.
His wife, the former Mary A. Rumbolt Burnell, died in 2002.
Survivors include another daughter, Jill Taberski; two sons, Jeffrey and Jack; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were held Tuesday, June 11, in Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home, 5541 Main St., Williamsville.