William Gleeson Driscoll
William Gleeson Driscoll
  • September 16, 1940 - November 12, 2017
  • El Paso, Texas

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Bill was born in New York City on September 16, 1940 to William and Harriett Driscoll. He grew up in Bronxville, Westchester County, and attended Fordham University, New York, where he majored in Corporate Finance, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1962. Bill was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army upon graduation and was stationed in Korea on the DMZ as Hqts. Company Commander for the 1st Battalion of the 7th Cavalry (General Custer's unit) Division. Upon completion, he was promoted and stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington, as 3rd Brigade Hqts. & Hqts. Company Commander for the 4th Infantry Division.

After finishing three years with the Army, Bill received an "Honorable Discharge" and worked as a computer operator for Honeywell, Inc., NYC. He applied and tested for the U.S. Secret Service and six months later received an appointment as a Special Agent, assigned to the NY Field Office. His career encompassed numerous assignments over 27 years, to include being one of three agents assigned to the protection of Henry A. Kissinger, by Executive Order of President Nixon, when he was Presidential Foreign Advisor, then Secretary of State. In 1984, Bill was reassigned as Special Agent in Charge of the El Paso Field Office, U.S. Secret Service, a division that covered west Texas and northern Mexico, retiring in El Paso in 1991, in lieu of taking a promotion and reassignment back to Washington, DC.

Bill joined the El Paso Downtown Lions Club in 1985 and devoted much time to the organization, becoming a 100% President during 1991-92. He became a board member of the West Texas Lions Eye Bank in 1988 and was appointed its Executive Director in 1992, and served in that position until 1998. He was elected as District Governor in 1995-96, and received the Lions Int'l. Presidential Leadership Medal.

In keeping with his background, his hobbies included travel and trading in the stock market. Some of our favorite memories of Bill are of how he loved reading the newspaper and watching Fox News. He always picked out the best cards and wrote the nicest notes. Everyone always remarked about the good jokes and emails he sent. He had a penny-pinching reputation but was very generous and donated to over 30 different charities annually. He was a proud Irishman and was well-known for his New York accent. He had a deep faith in the Lord.

Bill is incredibly loved by family and friends and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth "Susan" Driscoll, his son William "Kit" Christopher Driscoll (Annika), daughter Theresa "Teri" Kathleen Driscoll, step-daughter Hope Marie Ramsey, and granddaughter Sandra Daisy Ramsey. He also leaves behind his brother Robert "Bob" Driscoll (Pam), a nephew and niece and many beloved extended family members.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the El Paso Downtown Lions Club, 513 Mallory Ct., El Paso, TX 79912, would be appreciated.

Visitation will be November 19, 2017 at 4:00pm, Vigil will be at 4:30pm followed by eulogy at Martin Funeral Home West. November 20, 2017, Funeral Mass at 11am at Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Interment will be at Fort Bliss National Cemetery at 1:30pm, followed by a reception at Trinity United Methodist Church.