William “Bill” Gainer, 79, of Beverly, died at his home on March 16.
Visitation will be March 21 at St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Barnabas on March 22 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be private. Donnellan Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Gerry; his children, Bridget (Dennis Kibby), Nora (Ferdia Doherty), Billy, Maureen (Eamon Reilly), Mary (Peter Wentzel) and Sheila (Patrick Griffin); his grandchildren, Finn, Lily and Mary Kibby, Bebhinn, Aonghus and Maude Doherty, Ella and Will Gainer, Noreen, Brendan, Jack and Owen Reilly, Rohan, Cormac and Fiona Wentzel, and Patrick and Geraldine Griffin; his siblings, Dorothy Henson, Robert (Christine) Gainer and Patricia (Donald) Wood; and many nieces and nephews.
Gainer and his six siblings were born and raised in Roseland.
After serving in the U.S. Army, Gainer worked for AT&T for nearly 50 years. He started at the top—of a telephone pole as lineman—and never wavered from his commitment to working men and women.
His life outside work was just as fulfilling. He was devoted to Misericordia and Mercy Home as both a board member and supporter. He served on the South Side Irish Parade Committee since its inception and was an active member of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago.
He also brought his love of Irish heritage to founding and chairing the Galway/Chicago Sister City and Cork/Cook County Partnership.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Misericordia Heart of Mercy, 6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago, IL 60660-1017, or Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607.