William A. Kiffney, 69, of Latham, beloved husband of Janet Doyle Kiffney for over 42 years, entered into eternal life on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at his home in Latham with his family at his side.
Born April 23, 1943, in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of Mary Konysz Kiffney of Johnstown, N.Y., and the late John Kiffney. He is survived by his loving children, Karen Kiffney of Cambridge, Mass. and Michael (Arista) Kiffney of Vienna, Va.; his cherished grandchildren, Sydney and Thomas Kiffney of Vienna, Va.; and his lifelong friend, Allan Kleinke of Guilderland; six cousins; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law; two nephews and their wives; and several great-nephews; and a great-niece. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by his brother, John Francis Kiffney.
Bill was raised in Johnstown, N.Y., and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1966. He worked for New York state in several different departments, retiring from the Department of Transportation as an associate transportation analyst after 37 years of state service.
Bill was a devoted father and husband whose first concern was always for the comfort and happiness of his family. As an adult, he enjoyed many sports as a fan and continued his childhood participation in youth baseball by coaching and managing several of his son's Little League teams and his daughter's softball team. In retirement, he renewed his past love of golf and discovered a new interest in darts.
Although they are distant, Bill visited with his young grandchildren frequently and thoroughly enjoyed their exuberance and laughter.
Bill will be missed by his wife, family and his friends. He was a gentle man who asked for very little and gave generously.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 498 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, with Rev. Geoffrey Burke, pastor, officiating.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home, 149 Old Loudon Road, Latham on today from 4 to 7 p.m.
Interment will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211.
For directions, information or to light a memory candle for the family please visit www.dufresneandcavanaugh.com.