William G. Loveday Jr.

William G. Loveday Jr. (18), Commander, USN (Ret.)  85, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2017, at the Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility. He was born on July 3, 1931, in Gloversville, N.Y. and was the son of William G. Loveday Sr. and Ina Van Brocklin Loveday. He graduated from Gloversville High School in 1949 and attended Middlebury College in Vermont for one year before enlisting in the Navy in 1950. After a two year enlistment, Bill entered the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on a Congressional appointment and graduated in 1956.


After graduation Bill attended the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Georgia followed by a tour of duty at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard in Long Beach, Calif. He served aboard the USS Rochester as a Store Officer and the USS Hanson as Supply Officer. From 1959-1961 he served as Nuclear Commissioning Outfitting officer at the Navy Submarine Base in New London, Conn. and from 1961-1963 he served as Supply Logistics Officer on the Admiral’s Fleet in the U.S. Taiwan Patrol Force based in White Beach, Okinawa. From 1963-1965 he served as Material Division officer at the Naval Air Station in Quonset Point, Rhode Island and from 1965-1967 he was stationed as a Supply Officer on the Com-Nav-Phil Admiral’s Fleet at the Sangley Point Naval Base in the Philippine Islands. During his tour he made a number of trips to Saigon and Da Nang, Vietnam in a Logistic Support capacity. Following his tour of duty in the Philippines, his orders took him to Monterey, California where he attended the Officers Post Graduate School and received a Master of Science degree in Computer Systems Management in 1968. He then was ordered to the Great Lakes Naval and Training Station in Great Lakes, Illinois where he served as Director of the Data Processing Control Center. His final assignment was a Supply Officer at the Construction Battalion Center (Seabee Base) in Davisville, Rhode Island. Bill retired in 1974 after 25 years in the Navy. After retirement from the Navy, Bill worked at the City National Bank in Gloversville and later served as the Fulton County Historian for many years. He loved genealogy, history and research and writing many articles on local history that were frequently printed in various newspapers and newsletters.


Before his illness Bill was a member of the Foothills United Methodist Church, a member of the Stone Arabia and Saratoga Chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution, a longtime treasurer of the Northville Rotary Club and served on the Board of Trustees of The Fulton County Historical Society and Museum. He also pursued a variety of hobbies and passions ranging from hiking and cross country skiing in the Adirondacks to square dancing with the former Sacandaga Swingers Square Dance Club to building his own sailboat and sailing on Canada Lake.


Bill married his first wife, the former Doris Jean Goodbread in 1956 and they have three children, Terry Loveday, Cathy Loveday and William G. Loveday III. He married his second wife, the former Joan Bellen Ardizzone in 1990 and has two step-children, Gail Hunter and David Ardizzone. He has six grandchildren; one step-grandchild and five great-grandchildren. Bill was predeceased by his second wife, Joan M. Loveday; and his sisters, Dorothy Niles and Helen Loveday.


Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, at the Walrath and Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Gloversville.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either the Northville Rotary Club or the Fulton County Historical Society and Museum.


Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brbsfuneral.com.