William Joseph "Bill" Bickley
born August 17, 1926, in Tempe, Arizona, passed away on October 12, 2013, in Tucson, Arizona, at the age of 87. Bill is predeceased by his parents, Ernest Angelo and Mary Blanche (Haley) Bickley; his two brothers, John James and Robert Patrick, both of whom were killed in WW II; his sister, Blanche Porter and his sister, Catherine, who died in infancy. He is survived by Virginia (Jinny), his wife of 57 years; his brother, David (Gloria) of Oro Valley; his son, Glenn (Lisa); granddaughters, Caroline and Alyssa and also many nieces and nephews. Bill grew up in Tucson and graduated from Tucson High, where he was a football letterman and All-State selection. He went on to serve in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific at the end of WW II. After the war he enrolled at the University of Arizona, where he continued his football career as a three-year letterman and All Border Conference selection. More importantly, he received his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. After graduation he started his career in construction, which would be his field for the next 40 years. Over the years he worked on many projects throughout the southwest and California. Later, in his career with Sundt Construction, he worked internationally, including a two-year stay in Canberra, Australia. In 1980 he served as president of the Arizona Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC). During retirement Bill and Jinny enjoyed some travelling, including trips to England, New Zealand, and Australia. He also enjoyed working with his computer and did extensive genealogy research on the family. He was also an avid runner and racquetball player in his earlier days. Over the years he supported many young adults as they pursued their higher education. This is perhaps his greatest legacy. Bill was a great husband, dad, grandparent and uncle. Most of all he was great friend. I (Glenn) remember him as my youth football coach with the Pantano Wildcats, and as my math tutor (I don't think he meant to break all those pencils). In high school he used to drag me and my buddies out to the old racquetball courts at Ft. Lowell Park and run us ragged in the heat. Afterward he would buy us Eegee's.
Godspeed, my friend.
Donations in Bill's memory can be made to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716. No services are planned. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.