Obituary of William ‘Bill’ Sirago
William ‘Bill’ Sirago passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Crystal Ridge Care Home surrounded by his family and friends. He lived to the ripe old age of 99.
William Sirago was born in Denver, CO, to Vincent and Carmella Sirago. He moved to Grass Valley, from Denver, in 1939 and went to work in the Empire Mine until 1942, when he enlisted in the Navy. Eventually, he was stationed in the New Hebrides Island as a store keeper until 1944. After his stint in the Navy, he moved to Los Angeles. In 1955, he decided he didn’t want to live in LA anymore and packed up his wife and daughter and moved back to Grass Valley where Bill, his brother, Nick, and cousin-in-law, Howard Briggs, bought Bunce’s Bar on Mill Street. They had a good run until Bill and Nick retired in 1983.
After retiring, Bill loved to travel the US with his wife, Edna. He would say, “Let’s just get in the car and go.” and away they went. He picked up a new sport at 60 years old. He decided his passion was golf. He made many, many friends and golf partners through the years. He loved golf so much that he still golfed after two bouts of cancer and breaking a hip and leg. The last time he golfed was a dry day in February at Beale Air Force Base. After all those years, he only has two golf buddies left; Brian O’Neill and Mugsy Wallace.
Bill is survived by his wife of 40 years, Edna (Kubich) of Grass Valley; daughter, Joan (Christopher) Olsen of Folsom; stepdaughter, Marsha (Tyler) McHugh of Eagle Point, Oregon; stepson, Mark (Jessica) Kubich and many grand and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 24 years, Lucille, and his stepson, David Kubich.
At Bill’s request, no formal service will be performed. However, family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life at 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Nevada City Elks Lodge.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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