On July 10th, Bill, at the young age of 66, accepted God’s invitation to heaven after a relentless & heroic battle with cancer. He left this world in his home in the arms of his wife.
He was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 8th, 1951, to Winona and William B. McNally Jr and lived most of his early life in the Southfield area of Michigan with his three sisters. He faithfully served the Marine Corps from 1968-72 completing 2 tours in Vietnam and becoming a Primary Marksmanship Instructor at Camp Pendleton.
He received both the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart among other commendations. In 1977 he moved to Arizona, met and married his loving wife, Donna, and fathered two sons who looked up to him as a role model. Bill attained his Master’s degree in Business. He left his mark and made lifelong friends throughout his work career at UPS (Michigan), City of Scottsdale, APS, GCU, and his consulting firm he successfully ran for over 20 years.
As a coach and mentor throughout the years, one of his sources of pride was serving as President of Paradise Valley North Little League. Bill often described himself as the “short guy with a mustache” but was known for his deep voice and bigger than life persona. He called himself SOB (Sweet Ole Bill), and he truly was. His commitment and love for his wife were an inspiration to many. Bill’s sense of humor, care, generosity to others and devotion to his family are the traits that people will always remember about him.
Bill will be deeply missed by his devoted wife and best friend of 38 years, Donna, and his children Mac and Brent (Nillybeth). He will also be missed by his sisters: Bridget (Jeff Cope) McNally, niece: Dani, Shannon McNally, and Susan (Bob) Marshall, niece: Jamie, as well as his mother-in-law: Claire Danko, brother-in-law: Dave (Pam) Danko, nephew: Matt, niece: Katie. The family is especially grateful to his supportive and aggressive team at the Mayo Clinic. A military funeral service and a celebration of Bill’s life are planned for late September. Details to follow.Print Obituary & Condolences