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“Bill was my idol as we grew up. I lived on 95th and 35th in Jackson Heights and played playground basketball against him as a youth. He inspired me...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Walter J McCarthy; Xavier "51; Jackson Heights resident - FL

“Dear Jane and Family, My sister Mary Lou Shogren wrote to tell me that Bill had died. My vigil candle has been lit for you and your family for a...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Al and Shirley Ann Blickensderfer - IL

“Dearest Jane and Family; As a childhood friend of some 70 years there are some wonderful memories that the name "BOLG" brings back. He will be...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Charles Nicholson - Hilton Head, SC

“We feel honored to have known Bill. Even in Texas Bill Bolger was bigger than life, thanks to Ellie for sharing her wonderful father and family with...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: The Patterson Family - Houston`, TX

“Hi Pat, sorry to hear of your loss. I will leave with a quote from the book I have just written that I wrote for my Dad who died in July. "Death will...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Brian Gillham - Durban

“It's hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were a special part of a well-lived life. Our thoughts and...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Christine Olson - Roselle, IL

“I used to watch Bill play at Georgetown and knew the Grove family for many years. We were sorry to hear of his passing. You all are in our prayers....Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Albert H. Kirchner, Jr. - VA

“I met Bill Bolger 60 years ago at Georgetown University and have very fond memories of a great basketball player, a leader on and off the court and a...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Mimi & Bob Sposito - Gates Mills, OH

“"I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Douglas and Mary Kay Keith - FL

“Pat, Tracy and family, Words always seem so inadequate when expressing the sadness surrounding the loss of a parent. While I did not know Bill...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Jayne Weiske - Chicago, IL

“Our love and thoughts are with you and are always here for all of you. May he rest in peace. xoxo ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Mimi Harpur - IL

“What a Blessing it was to spend time with Bill and Jane some months ago. He has left us all with the gifts of his family. Bill Bolger is finally...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Jimmy/Carol Quigley - IL


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William J, Bolger, 78, of Glen Ellyn, beloved husband of Jane (nee Grove); loving father of Bill (Sarah), Cathy, Pat (Tracy), Bridget (Frank) O'Connor, Ellie (David) Disser, Grove, (Kerry) and Meg (Jody) Brown; dear grandfather of 19; fond brother of the late Joe (Kathleen) Bolger; uncle of many nieces and nephews; Retired from Sears-Roebuck and member of Georgetown Hall of Fame and All-Century Basketball Team. Visitation Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Rd. (1 blk. east of Naperville Rd.), Wheaton, IL. Funeral Mass Monday 10 a.m. at St. Daniel the Prophet Church, 101 W. Loop Dr., Wheaton (Please meet at church). Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Xavier High School, Advancement Office, 30 West 16th St. New York, NY 10011 or Giant Steps Illinois, Inc., 2500 Cabot Drive, Lisle, IL 60532 appreciated.

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