FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- William F. Hickey Jr., of Fairfield, died Thursday, July 21, 2016 surrounded by his loving family.
Hickey was born May 28, 1929, in Stamford, to the late William F. Hickey and Margaret Dooley Hickey.
He attended local schools and graduated from St. Basil's Preparatory School in 1948, where he played varsity football, baseball and basketball. In 1952, he graduated from Manhattan College, where he was a member of the golf team. After graduating in 1955 from Fordham University Law School, he began his private practice of law and an illustrative career in public service.
From 1959-61, he served as a prosecutor in the Stamford City Court. In 1966, he became a partner in the law firm of Ryan, Ryan, and Hickey. He served as Interim mayor of Stamford for three months and from 1960-70, he served five terms in the state Senate, which included four years as the assistant Senate Majority Leader. His respect and passion for the law ultimately led to an appointment as a Superior Court judge in 1988. In 1996, he was appointed Administrative Judge and served until his retirement in 2012.
Professionally, he was a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the New Canaan Board of Finance and president of the Toga Club.
As a sports enthusiast, Hickey always enjoyed watching New York Yankee games, but most especially cheering on the New York Giants. All who knew him, know his first love in life was golf. He started as a caddie at Woodway Country Club and went on to become a member for some six decades.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Grace; three children and their spouses: Sharon Sutton (Carl), David Hickey, and Courtney Lamoin (Kevin) and their four children, Penelope, Oliver, Madeline and Tucker. He also is survived by his sister Rosemary Love (Jack); brother Kieran (Betty Ann); nieces Kelli Young (Jon), June Norden (John) and Susan Windle (Ralph); and nephew Gregory Hickey (Alison).
He was predeceased by his daughter, Heather Hickey; and nephew, Christopher Hickey.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Tully Health Center, c/o Stamford Hospital Foundation, 1351 Washington Blvd., Suite 202, Stamford CT, 06902 and/or the Woodway Country Club Scholarship Fund, c/o The Woodway Country Club, 540 Hoyt St. Darien, CT 06820.
Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home in Fairfield has been entrusted with the arrangements.