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William "Bill" Patrick Hurley

May 7, 1965 ~ August 11, 2021 (age 56)


William “Bill” Patrick Hurley, 56, of Dover, NH, passed away on August 11, 2021 after a valiant battle with MDS AML, with which he was diagnosed in July of 2019. Bill underwent a bone marrow transplant in October 2019. His anticipated recovery was complicated by the effects of GVHD followed by critical illness this April which resulted in lengthy hospital stays prior to his passing. 

Bill was born in Oak Park, Illinois on May 7, 1965 to John F. “Frank” Hurley and Margaret “Peggy” Hurley. Bill was a late addition to the family who was everyone’s favorite. He attended St. Angela’s grammar school and Fenwick High School. Bill went on to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University and a MBA from DePaul University.

Bill’s joined Romano Brothers Beverage Company after graduating college. After a relatively short time in the workforce, Bill realized that he would need further education to get ahead in his career; he returned to school and got a MBA. His next job was with Topco Associates in the Chicago suburbs. In his next position, Bill went back into the liquor industry with Jim Beam Brands Worldwide, initially in Illinois and also in New Hampshire and in Washington state.

When a new company was formed to market Rum Chata, Bill was happy to go to work for Agave Loco LLC with several of his former bosses and co-workers. Bill was passionate about his career and was well known in his field. He knew his business and enjoyed working with people. Both his bosses and his employees loved working with Bill due to his kindness and great sense of humor.

Bill was introduced to his wife, Kate Hurley, by his new boss shortly after Bill relocated from Chicago to Portsmouth, NH in 2000. Bill and Kate married in 2002 and have three children: Margaret “Maggie” and twins, Liam and Erin. Family was incredibly important to Bill. He was a dedicated husband and father who loved to cook “from scratch” meals for the family and to try new recipes, (including traditional Irish breakfasts). He was an avid fan of his children’s activities, including Seacoast Volleyball, Dover HS sports and everything he could watch, especially via livestream, at St. Mary’s Academy. Bill loved the family bulldog, Boomer, who has become very lonesome for him. 

Bill loved all things Irish and traveled many times to his family’s homeland.  Bill told stories of his exploits during travels to Ireland in his youth that had people laughing so hard they cried. Bill also loved his Chicago roots and enjoyed making Chicago favorites including Italian beef sandwiches with giardiniera. He was also known to sneak sausage into many a meal. Bill loved his Jeeps and the adventures they got him into. He was also a hilarious prankster and would dress up as an elf at Christmas or Winnie the Pooh at Halloween, which was his favorite holiday, followed closely by Cinco de Mayo. Bill was known by many as their funniest friend. Bill was well known for starting his day with the daily paper crossword puzzle, a hobby he shared with his late mother-in-law, Maggi Krayer. 

Bill’s brother, John F. Hurley, Jr., predeceased.  He is survived by his sister, Nora Hurley Marsh and brother-in-law, Weston Marsh, niece, Kimberly (James Allee) Marsh, nephew, James (Clare) Marsh, nephew, Daniel (Stephanie Wallace) Marsh, niece, Jaclynn Hurley, nephew, John F. (Maddi Vander Loop) Hurley, III and great-nephews, Andy Marsh and Calvin Hurley. 

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