PLATTSBURGH -- William (Bill) Eustace Dirolf, 84, of 129 Nevada Oval, Plattsburgh, N.Y., and formerly of Malone, N.Y., died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, at the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh.
Bill was born on April 21, 1921, in North Creek, N.Y., the son of William H. Dirolf and Flossy M. (McLaughlin) Dirolf.
Following graduation as valedictorian of North Creek High School in 1938, Bill attended Hamilton College, where he was elected to Quadrangle, the honorary freshman society. He joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and was elected fraternity president during his junior year. Bill also played the clarinet and served as president of the Hamilton College Band during his senior year. He was also the manager of the Hamilton College soccer team.
After receiving his B.A. from Hamilton College in 1942, Bill attended Harvard University, where he earned his Industrial Administrator Degree in 1943.
Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army and was called to active duty in April 1943. He worked in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and served in campaigns in Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Service Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Service Ribbon and World War II Victory Ribbon. He received his honorable discharge in November 1945.
On July 26, 1947, Bill married Elizabeth Carol Fitzgerald at St. James Church, North Creek, N.Y.
Bill worked as an accountant for A & B Oil Corporation, North Creek, N.Y., National Lead Company, Tahawus, N.Y., and New York City, N.Y., and Barton Mines, North Creek, N.Y. In 1955, Bill began his long career with New York state, working as a tax auditor for the Division of Unemployment Insurance in Utica, N.Y. In 1966, he was promoted to Senior Unemployment Tax Auditor and moved with his family to Malone, N.Y. At the time of his retirement in 1986, Bill was Tax Supervisor, overseeing field audit and collection activities covering Jefferson, Franklin, Essex and Clinton counties in northern New York.
Bill enjoyed taking an active role in the Malone community. He was elected to the Malone Central School Board of Education and served as the Secretary-Treasurer of Boy Scout Troop 26. He was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Elks Club, Rotary Club, Fish and Game Club and Malone Golf and Country Club. He sang bass in both the St. Joseph Church Choir and North Franklin Ecumenical Choir.
During his retirement, Bill loved to visit with his children and grandchildren and to watch his grandchildren play basketball, baseball and soccer. A life-long NBA devotee, Bill rooted heartily for his favorite team, the San Antonio Spurs. He enjoyed long walks, cross-country skiing and listening to his Big Band jazz collection of the 30s and 40s. An avid reader, Bill had a special passion for World War II history books.
In November 2001, he and his wife Carol moved to Plattsburgh, N.Y., where he was a communicant of Our Lady of Victory Church.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carol Fitzgerald Dirolf; four daughters, Dr. Elizabeth A. Krell and her husband Dr. Kenneth Krell of Hagerstown, Md., Mary Patricia Dirolf of Gaithersburg, Md., Margaret R. Dirolf of Los Angeles, Calif., and Kathryn M. Frascella and her husband Dr. Joseph Frascella of Rockville, Md.; two sons, Paul M. Dirolf of Keeseville, N.Y., and John F. Dirolf of AuSable Forks, N.Y.; nine grandchildren, Paul, David and Michael Krell, Kathryn Farren, Isaac, Nicole and Stephanie Dirolf and Andrew and Julianna Frascella; and one sister, Thelma Dirolf Kiesz of Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Calling hours will be held at the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., on Friday, Dec. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, at Our Lady of Victory Church with the Rev. Floyd J. Bleaux Jr. officiating.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may send a remembrance in his name to Holy Name School, 5 Pleasant St., P.O. Box 658, AuSable Forks, NY 12912.