Bill Ginley, 75, 'the great Ignatius man' by Grant Segall / Plain Dealer Reporter Wednesday September 02, 2009, 5:37 PM HINCKLEY TOWNSHIP -- Bill Ginley graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1952. But he never seemed to leave.
Ginley, who died Tuesday, served on the Cleveland school's executive alumni council for 55 years. He attended countless events there, especially his four sons' games for Ignatius' mighty football teams.
"If there was anything the school needed, he was the first one with his hand up to say, 'I'll do that,' " said the Rev. Robert Welsh, Ignatius' former president. "He is the great Ignatius man."
If Ginley was off campus, he might well have been delivering tickets to Ignatius fund-raisers and wearing his Wildcat jacket emblazoned with a "52" for his class.
In 1977, he won the school's prestigious Garvey Award, named for a former president.
Ginley died from cancer at Holy Family Home. He was 75.
Born in Cleveland, Ginley was the son of a Cleveland fire lieutenant. After studying under Jesuits at Ignatius, he did the same at John Carroll University, where he graduated in 1957.
Ginley became a captain in the U.S. Army, serving in Virginia and Greenland. Back in town, he became a trucking safety consultant, investigating accidents and advising businesses about shipping materials, including hazardous ones.
"Off the top of his head, he could cite numbers and paragraphs of the regulations, and I don't think he was ever wrong," said client Jeff Wenham of Cleveland's Bestway Systems.
Ginley lived for many years in North Olmsted and served as a eucharistic minister at several parishes, including his own, St. Richard. He also served on St. Richard's council and taught Sunday school and marriage classes there.
His first wife, the former Joan Zito, died in 1990. Five years later, he married the former Connie Verame. The couple lived in Hinckley Township, where he raised dogs and horses.
The Jesuits have a slogan: "a man for others." Ginley's daughter, Rita Andolsen, said, "Bill was truly 'a man for others' his whole life."
Created by: Melissa R. Record added: Sep 13, 2009
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