William Kearney

William Kearney

Tuesday, October 30th, 1956 - Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
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William Kearney, age 62, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at his home after a two year battle with cancer. Born October 30, 1956, in Kane, PA, he was the 7th of 10 children and a son of Ruth Leona Wilcox Kearney of Kane, PA and the late William Edward Kearney.
A 1974 graduate of Kane Area High School, Bill began his career at Kane Manufacturing shortly after graduating. After a long career there, culminating in his title as Head of Engineering, he was given the opportunity in 2002 to pursue a career with Southern Installation, Inc. He would go on to purchase that company and continue to be fundamental in its success until the time of his illness. Bill and his family resided in Kane, PA until 2005. While living there, he was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Kane, serving as elder, trustee, and Sunday School Teacher. He was also an active member of the community, serving as a board member at the Kane Community Hospital.
In 2005, Bill and his family relocated to Chambersburg. There he was an active member of the Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring, serving as a trustee, Community Dinner Sous Chef, and Sunday School Teacher. In addition he was a member of the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.
Bill’s hobbies and interests included riding dirt bikes and motorcycles, working on his classic 1960 Chevy Impala, playing his Martin guitar, helping his children with countless home renovation projects, and spending time with his three grandchildren. Bill was an avid amateur astronomer and founding member of the Sir Isaac Newton Astronomical Society in Kane, which won a National award in 1999. He was known for his quick wit, infectious spirit, unrelenting faith, and his incredible willingness to help anyone in need. He was incredibly proud of his Irish heritage and was well-known for his saying, ‘If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough.”
He is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Cheril “Cheri” Ferri, whom he married in March of 1982; two children, Maggie Lee Borukhovich (husband Gennady) of Livingston, NJ and Patrick Orion Kearney (wife Katelyn) of Chambersburg, PA; three grandchildren, Ainsley and Emilie Kearney of Chambersburg and Noah Borukhovich of Livingston, NJ; three sisters, Kathy Haight (Tom) of Kane, PA, Anne Wick (Blaise) of Naples, FL, and Marie Malecky (Mitchell) of Butler, PA; five brothers, David (Ann) of Kane, PA, Daniel (Delores) of Franklin, PA, John (Tamara) of Coventry, CT, Richard (Barbara) of Norwood, CO, and Steven Kearney of Reston, VA; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ullo.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring, 221 Main St., Chambersburg, PA, where Rev. Dr. Andrew Hart will officiate. A memorial service will be held in Kane, PA at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the Franklin Learning Center, 2397 Loop Rd, Chambersburg, PA 17202 or to an early education program of one’s choice.
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    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 11:00am
    Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring
    221 North Main Street
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Love, Marie and Mitch, Matt, Mandy, Mark

Posted at 05:31am
In loving memory of our beloved brother and Uncle Billy. You will be forever in our hearts.
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James Donze

Posted at 07:21am
God Bless You Bill
We just heard of Bill passing away, our Love goes out to the whole family. What a Great Guy, one of the nicest people i've ever met. Bill hired me at Kane and it was like joining a family not a firm. Bill made it fun to come to work and always had a positive attitude about everything. He will be missed by his loving family and anyone who ever got to meet him and work with him. Take Care My Friend and You are in a better place now.
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Posted at 09:49pm
Cheri, Maggie, Patrick & Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone. Please accept these flowers and hear the words we are not able to speak.
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Pam Magnuson Bizzak

Posted at 01:57pm
Bill was such a wonderful friend to have and always had something to say to make me laugh. I will miss him. Condolences to Cheri & his entire family ~ he will be dearly missed.

Steve Swanson

Posted at 07:13pm
I was so sad to hear that Bill passed yesterday. He was such a great guy and a good friend to so many people. I will miss him dearly. Jan and I want to express our sincere condolences to Cheri and all of the family during this difficult time. God has a plan.

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