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William J. Doyle


Saratoga Springs, NY — William James Doyle, 87, of Woodlawn Commons and formerly of Jackson Street, passed away Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2012) at Saratoga Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

Born on Nov. 27, 1925 in Watertown, NY, he was the son of the late Patrick H. and Irene Sullivan Doyle, attended Watertown Schools and graduated in June, 1943. He was scheduled to attend The Crane School of Music in Potsdam when he was drafted into the US Navy during World War II. He served in both the European and Pacific Theaters and following two and a half years in the Navy, he attended Watertown Collegiate Center and St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. William married the former Betty Root on May 13, 1950 and they were married for over 62 years.

He worked for the NYS Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance Office for 40 years and served at offices in Watertown, Herkimer, Albany, Saratoga Springs and Glens Falls and was manager of the Saratoga and Glens Falls offices when he retired. He also worked a second job at the Saratoga Raceway Admissions Office for 19 years. A past officer of VFW Post 1400 in Watertown, he was in charge of their burial unit for returning deceased veterans in Watertown. Music was his passion and he loved playing the piano while his family gathered around to sing. He played the violin from the age of 5 and his family loved hearing him play Ave Maria at Christmas. He was a member of the Racing City Chorus in Saratoga Springs and sang in his own quartet.

William was active in the community and served as president of the Caroline Street School PTA for many years. He later became president of the city-wide PTA council. He loved playing Santa Claus at Caroline Street School while his children attended school there. A golfer and member of the Brookhaven Golf Club, he loved playing golf with his son-in-laws, Mike and Jim. A member and communicant of St. Peter’s Church in Saratoga Springs, he served as an usher at the 7:30 Mass for many years. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Daniel Doyle, who died two months ago.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Betty (Root) Doyle; three daughters, Mary (Michael) Biffer of Saratoga Springs, Sandra (Jim) Peters of Schuylerville, Margaret (Paul) Haley of Jericho, VT and one son, Michael (Vicki) Doyle of Rochester; one sister-in-law, Beverly Doyle; twelve grandchildren, Maria (Nick) Barkley, Melissa Biffer, George Biffer, James Peters, Jaclyn (David) Dobert, Kelly Peters, Patrick Doyle, Bridget Doyle, Michelle (Owen) Jacobs, Jennifer Haley, Mathew Haley and George Haley and two great grandchildren, Aurora Dobert and Andrew Dobert.

Relatives and friends may call from 4-7pm Friday at the Burke/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway (584-5373).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am Saturday in the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, by the Rev. Dominic S. Ingemie, pastor. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave.

Memorials may be made in his name to The Church of Saint Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Online remembrances may be made at

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