William J. McEnaney

MOUNT DESERT—William J. McEnaney, 82, of Mount Desert died peacefully Dec. 2, 2009, at Collier’s Rehab and Nursing Center, Ellsworth. He was born Oct. 20, 1927, in Queens, N.Y., the son of Arthur and Mary (Darcy) McEnaney.

Bill spent his school years in New Hyde Park, Long Island, N.Y. He left high school in 1944 to join the war effort in the Merchant Marine. He served on the Liberty ship Lucretia Mott in the North Atlantic. After the war, Bill graduated from Farmingdale A & T with plans to be a dairyman, but the Korean War began and he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served for four years as an instructor sergeant teaching explosives and demolitions. Following the military, Bill began his law enforcement career as a patrolman with the Nassau County Police Department, Long Island, N.Y. He had a successful 20-year career, retiring as a detective on the bomb squad. After spending many summers on Mount Desert Island, Bill moved to Long Pond in 1976 and built a house on Ripples Road with his wife, Marie, and four boys. He was an avid sailor, cyclist and outdoorsman.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Marie; his sister-in-law, Alice Rieser of Mount Desert; and four sons, Bill and wife, Nancy, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., John and wife, Carol, of Saco, Tom of Pownal, and Patrick of Mount Desert. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren and great-grandchild.

A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Manset. Interment will be at Brookside Cemetery, Somesville, immediately following the service. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to Hospice of Hancock County, 14 McKenzie Ave., Ellsworth, ME 04605. Condolences may be sent to 75 Ripples Road, Mount Desert, ME 04660.

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