WATERTOWN, NY — William H. McGarry, 96, of Watertown passed away Saturday afternoon, Dec. 5, 2020, at Samaritan Summit Village where he had resided since July 23, 2015.
Born June 22, 1924, in Croghan, the son of William F. and Geraldine Corcoran McGarry, he graduated from Watertown High School.
On March 4, 1943, he entered the US Army and served in the Company A 299th Engineer C Battalion in Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland. Bill received the American Service, Good Conduct, World War II Victory and European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medals. He also received the Bronze Star Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation and was honorably discharged on Dec. 3, 1945.
While on leave from the Army he married Margaret Kirkland on March 18, 1944, and she died on April 16, 2020.
Bill worked in the sales department for Bradley Hardware.
He was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church, Brownville and a member of the Brownville American Legion and the NRA. He enjoyed travel, cross country skiing, boating, trapshooting, hunting, and archery.
He is survived by his daughter-in-law Virginia I. McGarry, LaFargeville; a sister-in-law Marion Kirkland, Watertown; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Bill was predeceased by his wife, Margaret, son James P. McGarry, April 27, 2007, grandson James D. McGarry, Nov. 14, 1999, and two sisters Mary Frances Plumpton, Nov. 26, 2011, and Marjorie Carpenter.
A funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Dec. 9, 2020, at Immaculate Conception Church followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery. Masks and social distancing are required for entrance to the services.
Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.
Online condolences may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.