Kayuta Lake- William Leo Corrigan, Utica’s # 1 leprechaun, passed away early Wednesday morning, August 5, 2020, at his residence while under the care of his family and hospice.
Mr. Corrigan was born in Utica, where he received his education at Kemble Street Grammar School and at St. Francis De Sales Brothers High School. Following his education, Mr. Corrigan served his country in the US Marine Corps, from 1950-1953, during the Korean Conflict era. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps with the rank of Sergeant.
In 1954, Bill was united in marriage with Eleanor Albicker of Utica and many years ago the couple relocated from Utica to the Kayuta Lake area.
At the age of 7, Mr. Corrigan began working in his family’s business, William J. Corrigan and Sons, which he purchased from his family in 1967. Later he changed the name of his retail merchandise business to Wilcor International, which he continued to operate with his family for many years.
As a proud Irishman, Bill was a man of many hats which changed with the seasons. He was famous for is many years of playing the Irish Happy Leprechaun in the Utica St. Patrick’s Day Parade and also appearing in the same role during the last mile of the Boilermaker Road Race. In 2003, Bill was named the Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He was also notable as his role as Ebenezer Schrooge for the Christmas Season, entertaining for many as this character with song and dance at numerous nursing homes and hospitals. Mr. Corrigan was dedicated to his family, his Catholic faith and to his community.
In addition to his wife, Eleanor, Bill is survived by daughters, Karen and Susan; sons, Shawn, Dennis, William, David and their loving spouses; 17 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and countless friends. He was predeceased by a son, Patrick.
Due to the current COVID regulations, Bill’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held privately for his family. Relatives and friends are invited to attend graveside services on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at 12:30 P.M. at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Forestport, approximately 2-3 miles past St. Patrick’s Church, where Military honors will be performed by the Charles J. Love Post # 406 American Legion, Harland J. Hennessey Post V.F.W. # 5538, and the Tun Tavern Marine Corps League, all of Boonville. Calling hours are Friday, August 7, from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, where all current NYS regulations including masks, social distancing and contract tracing will be observed. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired at www.cabvi.org.
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