William J. Aylward

William J. Aylward, 62, of Kodiak, AK, formerly of Bradford, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at his residence.

Born September 26, 1958, in Bradford, he was a son of William J. and Helen J. (Holleran) Aylward.

Bill was a 1976 graduate of Bradford Central Christian. He enlisted in the United States Navy on January 25, 1977 and was honorably discharged on January 24, 1981.

Throughout his life he was employed as a meat cutter and worked for years with his father in Bradford.  He was a proud and valued member of the American Legion Robert Blair Post 17, in Kodiak, AK.

Surviving are two sisters, Barbara (the late William) Kubiak, of Bradford and Sueanne (the late William) Toomey, of Myrtle Beach, SC, two brothers, James (Donna) Aylward, of Bradford and Thomas (the late Donna) Aylward, of Spirit Lake, ID, three nieces, Sherry Aylward, Laurie (Al) George, and Kimberley Gibbons and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.

Funeral services will be private and held by the family. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Funeral arraignments are under the direction of Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

 

HOLLENBECK-CAHILL Funeral Home

33 South Avenue • Bradford, PA 16701

All Condolences -

To Bill’s family - I am so sorry for your loss. Bill and I were friends in high school and remained in contact for many years after. Life took us in different directions but we reconnected over Facebook. I was so happy to hear from my dear friend again. He will be missed. RIP my friend.
— Carol Everett Sanders

Barbara, Jim, Sueanne, Tom and families - I was so saddened to read this. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Fly high Billy and rest peacefully. Hugs to you all. Val ''Sis'' Meacham
— Valerie ''Sis'' Osborne Meacham

Bill and I go as far back as grade school at old St Bernard’s elementary, when nuns in their traditional habits ruled with the utmost authority. He wasn’t officially our class clown but he could always get a laugh out of anyone at any time. If you know Bill you’re familiar with his signature laugh. He and I grew up as most young kids did in small town Bradford during the 1960’s – riding bikes, exploring, getting dirty, and roughhousing at times. Being two Irish kids with tempers we had a couple fist fights but we always made up afterward and became better friends because of it. We decided to put it all behind us one day and become blood brothers, so we cut our fingers under a tree and performed a formal ceremony between two ten-year old besties. Over the years I lost touch with Bill but whenever I saw him as an adult our friendship was rekindled almost instantaneously. We’d share a beer once in a while and I noticed his belly laughs had only grown deeper, and he could easily light up a large crowded room... it was like a chain reaction of laughter at times. As the years went by Bill joined the Navy and ultimately moved to Alaska, but we eventually found each other again on Facebook. It always great to see a post or a picture from him from time to time, and read the funny banter between him and his sister Sueanne. In the back of my mind I always hoped we’d see each other again but I’m reminded (again) of how our time on earth is precious. I can’t tell you how much of a shock it was to hear my good friend Bill had passed. I will always cherish the memories we shared and raise a glass to you, my brother: “There are good ships, and there are wood ships, the ships that sail at sea. But the best ships are friendships, and may they always be.”
— Bill Healey

To all Bills family, So sorry for your loss. Bill was dear high school friend and we shared many fun times together. We always smile and laugh when remembering those times with Bill. May God rest his soul. Our sympathy to all.
— Greg and Linda Gee

Condolences

  • To Bill’s family - I am so sorry for your loss. Bill and I were friends in high school and remained in contact for many years after. Life took us in different directions but we reconnected over Facebook. I was so happy to hear from my dear friend again. He will be missed. RIP my friend.

    — Carol Everett Sanders
  • Barbara, Jim, Sueanne, Tom and families - I was so saddened to read this. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Fly high Billy and rest peacefully. Hugs to you all. Val ''Sis'' Meacham

    — Valerie ''Sis'' Osborne Meacham
  • Bill and I go as far back as grade school at old St Bernard’s elementary, when nuns in their traditional habits ruled with the utmost authority. He wasn’t officially our class clown but he could always get a laugh out of anyone at any time. If you know Bill you’re familiar with his signature laugh. He and I grew up as most young kids did in small town Bradford during the 1960’s – riding bikes, exploring, getting dirty, and roughhousing at times. Being two Irish kids with tempers we had a couple fist fights but we always made up afterward and became better friends because of it. We decided to put it all behind us one day and become blood brothers, so we cut our fingers under a tree and performed a formal ceremony between two ten-year old besties. Over the years I lost touch with Bill but whenever I saw him as an adult our friendship was rekindled almost instantaneously. We’d share a beer once in a while and I noticed his belly laughs had only grown deeper, and he could easily light up a large crowded room... it was like a chain reaction of laughter at times. As the years went by Bill joined the Navy and ultimately moved to Alaska, but we eventually found each other again on Facebook. It always great to see a post or a picture from him from time to time, and read the funny banter between him and his sister Sueanne. In the back of my mind I always hoped we’d see each other again but I’m reminded (again) of how our time on earth is precious. I can’t tell you how much of a shock it was to hear my good friend Bill had passed. I will always cherish the memories we shared and raise a glass to you, my brother: “There are good ships, and there are wood ships, the ships that sail at sea. But the best ships are friendships, and may they always be.”

    — Bill Healey
  • To all Bills family, So sorry for your loss. Bill was dear high school friend and we shared many fun times together. We always smile and laugh when remembering those times with Bill. May God rest his soul. Our sympathy to all.

    — Greg and Linda Gee