William M. Herlihy
William M. Herlihy, age 86, of Middleburg Heights and Shelby native, died Thursday evening, February 15, 2018 at Kemper House in Strongsville.
Bill was born July 24, 1931 in Shelby, Ohio, the son of the late James and Catherine (Metzger) Herlihy. Bill was a highly educated man. He was a 1949 graduate of Shelby High School where he was the Class President. He continued his education at Miami University from 1949-1953 where he earned a BS in Business Administration. From Miami, Bill served his country in the US Army during the Korean War from 1953-1955. Upon honorable discharge, he returned to the classroom, this time at Ohio University, from where he earned a BS in Business Education in 1955 and a MEd in 1958. His love for education transitioned from learning to teaching and, in 1958, he began a ten-year career at Parma Senior High School where he taught business classes. During his time at Parma, Bill developed the first secondary school data processing and business computer programming curriculum in the State of Ohio.
Following Parma High School, Bill took a position as a computer programmer for the Jewish Community Federation in Cleveland from 1968-1970. In 1970, Bill began a long career as a full-time faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College as an Associate Professor of Computer Science and was the Coordinator of Computer Science Department. He retired in 1996, after 26 years with Cuyahoga Community College, as Professor Emeritus of Computer Science. He also taught as an adjunct professor at Baldwin Wallace College.
Bill was an avid outdoor enthusiast, enjoying: canoeing, water sports, hiking, exploring nature, skiing, and running. He also enjoyed learning and reading about history.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 50 years, Joann E. (Montagino) Herlihy, whom he wed on December 21, 1968. Also surviving are: a daughter: Frances (Jeffrey) Snyder of Perrysburg, Ohio; a son: Matthew Herlihy of Atlanta, Georgia; 7 grandchildren: Avery, Aiden, and Janie Snyder and Annie, Finn, Will, and Lainey Herlihy; a sister: Anne C. (Emile) John of Shelby; a brother: Dennis Herlihy of Louisiana; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: a brother: James F. Herlihy; and a sister: Rosemary Bertka.
Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 2-4 pm at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 am. Fr. Nicholas Weibl will officiate, and burial will follow in Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Memorial contributions may be made to Kemper House or Hospice of the Western Reserve.
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