William Michael Culhane, a proud son of Hoboken for 74 years, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021. Bill was one of a kind who had a huge zest for life, family, and friends. He always had a smile on his face, an animated story at the ready, and a deep laugh from his heart. The great memories and experiences Bill has left us are too numerous to count.
Billy grew up on 12th Street in the yellow flats of Hoboken where he developed a love for anything that involved a ball, competition, camaraderie, and comebacks. He remained a kid at heart up to his final days.
As a teenager, Bill loved being a summer camp counselor at the Hoboken YMCA and Camp Tamaqua, a camp that sent the kids of Hoboken out of the inner city into upstate NY for the summer. He excelled on and captained the baseball team at Hoboken High and graduated from Saint Peter’s College with a degree in Accounting.
Bill’s career on Wall Street spanned 45 years starting with CJ Lawrence and ending with Knight Securities. His personality, hard work, and loyalty carried him from the back office to a coveted seat on the Institutional Block Equity Sales Desk.
Bill was an avid fan of all sports, travelling the world with friends and family, hosting friends at his Mountain House, golfing with his Forest Hill Field Club family, tailgating at 12B at every New York Giants home game, and never giving up on the New York Mets and New York Rangers.
Bill volunteered to coach countless Hoboken baseball teams winning several state and regional championships. He brought his teams optimism, dependability, and first-class coaching. Bill’s crowning achievement was bringing the 27-3 Hoboken Ambassadors, likely Hoboken’s all-time greatest baseball team, to Russia on a Goodwill baseball tour. For his dedication and coaching success, Bill was recently inducted into the Hoboken Hall of Fame with the Ambassador Award.
Bill is at peace and reunited with his father John, mother Muriel, and brothers Jack and Robert.
His love of family extended to his sister in laws Alice Galmann, Katherine Rohner, nieces and nephews, John, Alice, Leo, Billy, Michael, Stephen, Thomas, Kristin, Scott, and Katie.
Bill is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years Deborah, beloved son Chris, dearest daughter-in-law Jennifer, beloved daughter Erin, grandchildren Jack, Quinn, Katherine, Morgan, Will, and Maggie. Bill’s children and grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life. The legacy of Bill’s love for life, dedication to family and friends, passion for sports, and enduring spirit will live on through them, now 6th generation sons and daughters of Hoboken.
Visitation for Bill will be held on Sunday, April 11, 2021 from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Lawton-Turso Funeral Home in Hoboken (633 Washington Street, Corner of Seventh & Washington Streets, Parking on Seventh). A Funeral Mass will be offered on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 10:30 AM at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Hoboken (Corner of Fourth and Hudson Streets). Social distancing and masks will be required.
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