City Islanders turned out in large numbers yesterday to honor another fallen hero. 75 year old William Clancy was a caring and giving gentleman, who worked for veterans and active members of our military. Mr. Clancy died of a heart attack on July 7.
Clancy served two years in the Army, from 1961-63, and served as a paratrooper instructor. Later on he work endlessly on behalf of The American Legion as NY Deputy Commander.
His long time friend, Sgt. Russel Schaller told City Island Images "he was very nice and an extremely helpful individual, who organized many events at Leonard H. Hawkins American Legion Post."
I had the pleasure of personally meeting Mr. Clancy, when he took time to welcome City Islander and US Army Specialist Mario Ayala upon his return home to see his mom Alice, following a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Mr. Clancy is survived by three sons, William, Jr., Michael and Gregory, who was among the first American Marines to invade Bagdad in 2003. His wife Mary Anne died two years ago.
William Clancy was laid to rest in Pelham Cemetery, just a short walk away from his longtime King Avenue home.