William came into this world at the Old Soldiers Home in
, delivered by the hands of his grandfather, Dr. Frank G. Ellis. He grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas , and was a long time member of St. Stephen’s Parish, where he went to grammar school and served at Mass for several years. William served in the Army from March 1946 until March 1947 at Monterey Park, California , being discharged due to the end of the war. William met Catherine Cahill in St Stephen’s choir about 1955 and they were married March 1958 and had three sons. William and the family moved up to Fort Bliss, Texas in 1971, buying a house that he would live in until his death. Many happy years followed the move, including participating in several community organizations as well as singing in the church choir at Our Lady of Sorrows church for a number of years, where his boys helped sing in the choir and serve at the Latin Novus Ordo Mass. During the late 80’s, a monthly TLM was offered at the Poor Clare’s chapel in Goleta which he regularly attended. In his later years, he was occasionally able to attend the TLM in Santa Barbara , and attended the last Mass there on March 17th. He was very happy to be able to attend the Easter Mass at our new location at Saint Mary Magdalen Chapel, which turned out to be the last Mass he was healthy enough to attend. William passed away in his sleep at home, June 21st, 2013. He is survived by his sons William, Kevin (Laurie) and Brian (Paula), and grandchildren Christopher, Kaylie, Rebeca, and Sean. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Lyndall and Vincent, his sister, Betty and his wife, Catherine. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Ventura
Visitation and Rosary will be held on Thursday, June 27th at 4 PM at the Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, 450 Ward Dr Santa Barbara, CA 93111.
Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, June 28th at 10 AM at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 1300 East Valley Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery, 199 N Hope Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93110.