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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

William McGorry, 88

William Jackson Boyd McGorry of Westport and Highland Beach, Florida, died April 13. He was 88.

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William McGorry: marketing executive. Contributed photo

Son of Mary Boyd and William McGorry, he was born in Astoria, Queens, New York on June 10, 1928.

He and wife Martha were residents of Westport from 1967 until Bill’s retirement in 1991. While residents of Highland Beach thereafter, they continued to spend summers in their Westport home.

Bill graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in economics and a minor in history. He put the former to use as a marketing professional and the latter to satisfy a lifelong interest—he was seldom without a history book.

He was a great fan of the annual Westport and Pequot Library sales where he would seek out-of print or esoteric titles.

Hel began his marketing career at H.J. Heinz Co. where he honed his product management skills. He served as chairman of their New Products Development Committee and was marketing manager of seven product lines.

While in Pittsburgh, he was the company representative to the Sales Executive Club. He was on successive years selected by the American Management Association to conduct the product management seminar at its New York Headquarters.

In 1963, he joined Young & Rubicam Advertising Agency in Chicago as a marketing executive and later transferred to New York where he became vice president, account management.

Among the clients accounts he supervised over the years were Northern Paper, American Home Products, General Electric Major Appliances, Continental Group, Met Life and U.S. Postal Service.

In retirement, he served on the board of directors of Penthouse Towers Condominium association as well as former chairman and continuing member of their Building Committee.

He became an avid bridge player and ran the men’s bridge club.

Condo living in Florida was enjoyable in the winter months, but he always looked forward to summers in Westport where he could get his hands dirty and brows wet working with Martha landscaping and doing the various manual labor tasks around the house.

While only able to attend a limited number of weekly Y’s Men meetings, he appreciated the group’s notable speaker program and maintained his membership over 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Martha , sons Mark of Westport, William of Bolton Valley, Vermont, Brian of Highland Beach, daughter Eileen and her husband Joseph King of Fairfield, and seven grand children Megan , Mia, and Caroline McGorry ; Patrick, Ryan, Daniel, and Michaela King; and brother Raymond and his wife, Grace of Bluffton, South Carolina.

A memorial mass will be held at on Saturday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North.


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