William Leahy Obituary, Death – The news of William ‘Billy’ Leahy’s passing has cast a somber shadow over the community of retired individuals who once worked at CCI-Somers and CCI-Enfield. As a former colleague and a dedicated member of the local union, his presence and contributions left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who knew him.
Billy’s journey began at CCI-Somers, where he initially embarked on his career journey. Later, he traversed the professional landscape, transitioning to CCI-Enfield, a move that resonated with many others who shared a similar path. His commitment to his work and his colleagues was evident in his active involvement in the Local 391 union, where he held the prestigious position of President for three significant years during the 1980s.
Tragically, Billy’s life was cut short due to a heart attack this past Saturday, a sudden event that has left a void in the lives of those who had the privilege of knowing him. The news was relayed to the community by Jay Hammond, a retired Correctional Officer from CCIS, who was perhaps a confidant and friend to Billy, sharing the news with heavy hearts.
In a poignant gesture, Billy’s daughter, Stephanie, reached out to inform everyone of the arrangements being made to honor her father’s memory. Calling hours have been scheduled for Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023, from 3pm to 6pm at the Barry J Farrell in Holyoke, MA. The service is set to follow immediately, allowing friends, family, and colleagues to pay their respects and bid a heartfelt farewell.
However, the community also plans to celebrate Billy’s vibrant life rather than just mourn his passing. A celebration has been arranged at the Log Cabin Restaurant in Holyoke, starting at 7pm, where stories, memories, and anecdotes will undoubtedly be shared, highlighting the impact Billy had on those around him.
As we come together in unity during these challenging times, our collective thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to the Leahy family. Billy’s legacy, as a dedicated worker, a union leader, and a cherished individual, will forever remain etched in the history of the CCI-Somers and CCI-Enfield community. May his journey beyond this world be filled with peace, and may his memory continue to inspire all those who had the privilege of knowing him.