on July 14, 2014 - 6:53 PM
, updated July 14, 2014 at 7:18 PM
March 20, 1923 – July 12, 2014
William Holroyd, a member of the Niagara University Hall of Fame for his excellence as a basketball player, died Saturday in Niagara Hospice House after a long illness. He was 91.
Mr. Holroyd was born in Springfield, Mass., and moved to Brooklyn as a young man. He graduated from Eastern District High School in Brooklyn in 1942.
A Marine Corps veteran of World War II, Mr. Holroyd served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.
At NU, Mr. Holroyd was team captain and most valuable player of the 1948-49 basketball team. He played under legendary Niagara coach John J. “Taps” Gallagher.
Mr. Holroyd also was a member of NU’s Hall of Fame committee.
He earned a master’s degree in education, then began a career at Lewiston-Porter High School, where he was a teacher and guidance counselor from 1950 until 1984, when he retired. He also coached junior varsity basketball there for two years and was the director of adult education.
Active in the Lewiston community, Mr. Holroyd founded the Lewiston Golden Age Program and helped start the Community Ambassador and Learn to Swim programs.
He was a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Lewiston and chairman of the first Lewiston Kiwanis Peach Festival.
His wife of 40 years, Margaret Hale Holroyd, died in 1988.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Martel and Christina Proietti; a son, Richard; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and his devoted companion, Margie Bullis.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in First Presbyterian Church of Lewiston, 505 Cayuga St.