Plattsburgh — William Kilduff, 63, passed away at his home in Plattsburgh on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003.
He is survived by his wife Paulette, his son Liam, a granddaughter, Kelsey, a brother, Robert and a sister, Helen.
Bill was born Feb. 12, 1940, in New York City. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 until 1959. Bill was a long-time employee at SUNY Plattsburgh where he was head stationary engineer from 1967 until his retirement in 1995. He was widely known to children and their families as a stand-in for Santa Claus. For many years during the Christmas holidays, Bill donned his Santa Claus attire and with his massive frame and long beard played the role of Santa Claus at Christmas gatherings. He was deeply committed to services for the mentally ill.
This commitment to mentally ill individuals amounted to a lifelong passion. As a young man he worked in facilities for the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled. Bill's compassion for the consumers of mental hygiene services led him to be one of the early advocates of consumer empowerment programs, to which he donated thousands of volunteer hours. He personally reached out to those he served and intuitively understood their potential for recovery. During the 35 years he lived in Plattsburgh, Bill served on many boards including the ARC Board and the JCEO Board. His board involvement led him to become a foster parent for children with developmental disabilities. In 1981 he was appointed to the Clinton County Community Services Board, where he served until 1991 and again from 1998 to 2002. During his tenure on the Community Services Board, he served both on the Alcohol and Substance Subcommittee and the Mental Health Subcommittee. In 2002, for his efforts on behalf of community mental health services, Bill was awarded the Lillian B. Redcay Award for outstanding contributions to mental health services. In addition to his active engagement in community services, for many years Bill was involved in local political activities.
In his work at the college, his role as Santa Claus, his engagement with mental health services and his political involvement, Bill made many friends. His family and these many friends will miss him.
Calling hours will be at Brown's Funeral Home between the hours of 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill: Champlain Valley Chapter (NAMI: CV), Suite D, 14 Healey Ave., Plattsburgh, NY 12901.