William Vincent “Bill” O’Leary, 73, of Wheeling, died on Sunday, August 21, 2016 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV, after a brief illness.
He was born February 16, 1943 in Wheeling, son of the late Verne and Angela Dailer O’Leary, and was proud to call North Wheeling his boyhood neighborhood.
Bill worked for Sears and Roebucks in downtown Wheeling and was the first employee at the Ohio Valley Mall Sears, where he learned how to pack all of his children and grandchildren’s many moving vans. He also worked as a security guard at Wheeling Downs and retired from Golden Eagle Security. Many know him from his community involvement in his retirement years; delivering meals for Catholic Charities, working Market Days at 3 of his grandchildren’s schools, faithfully attending Wheeling City Council, founding the Elm Grove Crime Watch, the Wheeling Night Out, belonging to the Wheeling Traffic Commission and most recently spearheaded the right turn lane construction at McDonald’s in Elm Grove. Also, he took great pride in organizing his 55th Class Reunion of CCHS.
Bill was a long time parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and was an active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Sharon Burke O’Leary in 2014.
Surviving are his sons, Mark (Gail) O’Leary and Craig (Emma) O’Leary, all of Wheeling, his seven grandchildren; Sean (Heather) O’Leary, Meghan (Steven) Sansone, Caitlin O’Leary and her fiancee, Cody Francis, Vincent O’Leary, Shannon O’Leary, Erin O’Leary and Daniel O’Leary and was “Pap Leery” to his great grandchilden, Liam and Maddie O’Leary. He is also survived by a sister; Patty Ann (Bob) Willming, several nieces and nephews, special friend, Pat Pagendarm and of course, Lucky.
Friends will be received on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from 2-4 and 5-8pm at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger St., Elm Grove, where a vigil service will be held at 7:30pm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 10:00am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Gary Naegele as celebrant.
Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Bill’s family would like to thank the nurses at WVU MICU, especially Nadine, Shane, Kayla, Jarrett, Matt and Megan for their excellent care of Pap.
Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com