William L. Hickey Jr. Passed away on December 11, 2019. He was the husband of the late Jacqueline (Lussier) Hickey. Born in Providence, he was the youngest of twelve children, in the family of William L. Hickey and Katherine (Pierce) Hickey.
Bill retired from Verizon after a long career as a telephone lineman and alarm specialist. He was active in RI politics all his life as a campaign volunteer and ward committee member in Warwick.
Bill's proudest achievement was his rank of Command Sergeant Major for the RI Army National Guard. He was dedicated to his command at the 126th Aviation Regiment in Quonset. This position inspired the affectionate nickname "Grambo" from his grandson. He has been known as Grambo ever since.
Bill was devoted to his family. He was a proud supporter of his wife, daughters, and grandsons. His great-grandchildren were adored. Bill's support and kindness were far-reaching, spread amongst extended family, the community and anyone who was in need. Our father taught how to give to others and how to love unconditionally.
Bill is survived by his daughters JoAnn Niksa (Ronald), Jean Pascucci (Edward), grandsons Ronald Pascucci (Jessica), Joseph Pascucci (Elizabeth) and great-grandchildren Gemma and Maverick.
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