William X. Flood, age 71, of Catskill, died with his family at his side on Friday, February 8, 2021 at Albany Medical Center Hospital. He was born April 12, 1949 in Staten Island, the son of the late James A. and Catherine (nee Durkin) Flood. He was the beloved brother of Catherine Obarski (Tom), Nancy Flood Rinaldi (Joseph), Laura Flood, Thomas Flood (Maryclare), Mary Grace Swift, James Flood, and Ellen Flood. He was a special uncle to many loving nieces and nephews. Bill is also survived by his cat, Charlie.
Bill attended Msgr. Farrell H.S. and Tottenville H.S., both on Staten Island. In February, 1968 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After basic training at Paris Island he was deployed to both Chu Lai Base and DaNang City, Viet Nam. After returning home from Viet Nam, he earned a B.A. from Richmond College, Staten Island. In 1970 Bill began his 32 year career with the New York State Department of Corrections, first at Arthur Kill Correctional Facility on Staten Island, then Coxsackie and Greene Correctional Facilities. He retired as a Sergeant in May 2002.
In 1984, Bill moved to the Village of Catskill where he put down deep roots and formed personal relationships. He enjoyed participating in local events. After retirement, Bill enjoyed working at Christman’s Golf Course in Windham.
Bill loved to play golf, read Civil War and military history and travel. He was very proud of his military service and his Irish heritage. Bill was active in the Sullivan-Teator VFW Post 770 in Catskill, where he was Past-Post Commander. He was a lifetime member of the Marine Corps League and a member of Catskill Elks Lodge for the past 18 years.
Bill is survived by countless cousins, and friends with whom he has maintained relationships for a lifetime. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, with a private burial Friday, February 12th, in the Veterans Section of Catskill Town Cemetery. Due to current pandemic conditions, the family will be announcing a celebration of Bill’s life at a later date. If so desired, donations to Matthew 23 Food Pantry in Bill’s name would be greatly appreciated.