William Joseph Carroll
March 25, 1924 – August 5, 2019
William “Bill” Carroll, age 95, of Cypress, California, passed away peacefully August 5, 2019 surrounded by his family. Bill was born March 25, 1924 in Queens New York, the son of William and Grace McCormack Carroll. He was preceded in death by his parents, and younger brother Jack Carroll.
As a young man Bill attended St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in Queens and later Regis High School graduating in 1941. At the age 19 Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving in both the European and Pacific theaters during World War II aboard the USS New Jersey and later on the Prince William. After serving his country, Bill returned to his home city of New York where he attended Manhattan College on the GI Bill, graduating in 1948 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
After graduating from college, Bill worked for various engineering firms in the New York area. This is when he met Trudy Van de Wetering, they were married on February 2, 1957 in New York, eventually moving to Long Island as they started their family where they enjoyed sailing the Long Island Sound and family ice skating adventures on St. John’s Pond. Bill worked as an engineer for Grumman Aerospace on Long Island until the family relocated to Orange County, California in 1972. He later went to work at North American Rockwell in Downey. Bill worked on the NASA Lunar Modular and later the Space Shuttle programs holding two U.S. government patents for his work on the space shuttle. Bill retired from Rockwell in 1986.
Upon his retirement, Bill and Trudy enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and abroad visiting Asia, South America, Africa, and Europe as owners of La Palma Travel. Bill was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, The Business Group of Los Alamitos and founding member and President of the La Palma Chamber of Commerce. In his spare time he also taught computer classes at Rockwell to young up and coming engineers.
Bill was an avid sailor (which he learned from reading books), a member of the Northport Yacht Club in Northport, NY and later the Seal Beach Yacht Club. He taught CCD classes in Huntington Station, NY and helped raise funds for Holy Family High School (now St. Anthony’s) walking door-to-door raising funds for a new school building. He was an active member and usher of St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Cypress and later at parishioner at St. Hedwig in Los Alamitos.
Bill loved photography, taking classes at the local community college, winning a photography award from Cypress College for his work. In his spare time he loved reading his calculus books, spending hours in bookstores, telling memorable jokes and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Military.
Bill is survived by his wife of 62 years, Trudy Carroll; children Kathy Orr (Steve) of Seal Beach, Bill Carroll (Elena) of Rancho Mirage, Margee Drews (Karl) of Newport Beach, Cliff Carroll of Dallas, Texas and Linda Brown (Steve) of Rogers, Arkansas; 13 grandchildren (Carolyn, Dan, Kristin, Andrew, Michael, Ryan, Nick, Jack, Angie, Chase, Megan, Ashley and Bryce); 3 great-grandchildren (Evelyn, Genevieve and Iris), many nieces, nephews, family and friends and was a loved neighbor of Cypress since 1973.
Fair Winds and Following Seas
Luyben Dilday Mortuary (562) 425-6401
Friday August 9, 2019 , 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Luyben Dilday Mortuary Chapel
Friday August 9, 2019 , 6:30 PM at Luyben Dilday Mortuary Chapel
Saturday August 10, 2019 , 11:00 AM at St. Hedwig Church
Tuesday August 13, 2019 , 9:30 AM at Riverside National Cemetery
Carroll, William “Bill” [MC1948 RIP]
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