William A. Begley

William A. “Bill” Begley

June 13, 1938 – November 19, 2021

VISITATION: Tuesday, November 23rd from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, Nov. 24th at 11am, Holy Cross Catholic Church, 4810 Woolworth Ave.  Interment, Calvary Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Holy Cross Church Capital Campaign Fund.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.


William A. “Bill” Begley was born on June 13, 1938, in Omaha, Nebraska, the youngest child of Mary and Paul Begley. He passed away on November 19, 2021.  Bill was a co-owner of Andersen Fire Equipment, and later Begley Fire Apparatus Sales. After his retirement, he served on the board of the Omaha Housing Authority.

Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Norma; children: Terry Begley, Tim (Val) Begley, Renee (Chris) Piccolo, Amy (Mike) Masker, Jenny (Denny) Hess and Mindy Begley, grandchildren Max and Sam Begley, Sydney and Ryan Piccolo and Mitch and Maddie Masker, sister Rosemary Weide, in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Paul Begley, Sr., brothers: Rev. Paul Begley, Jr., Patrick Begley, Donald Begley, and Robert Begley, sister, Regina Begley; in-laws; nephew, Sean Weide; and many dear friends.

Bill will be remembered by his family for many things; to name just a few:

* Being a prankster, an avid reader, and a proud Irishman;

* Making nightly calls to friends and family;

* Enjoying a good meal;

* Holding court at Amato’s on Saturday mornings with Msgr. Wolbach and the ORBs;

* Having a great sense of humor;

* Enjoying his toys, such as his Model A Ford, his MG Midget, and the many fire trucks and ambulances on which he would take neighbor kids for rides.;

* Having lots of connections, e.g. “knowing a guy”;

* Loving his kids, grandkids, granddogs, grandbird, and great-granddog and cats;

* And most important, loving his wife of 60 years, “Norma Jean the Beauty Queen.”



  • Dave Begley Posted November 20, 2021 6:46 pm

    My Uncle Bill was a funny guy. “Illegal” was a sick bird. If there was ever any problem with a vehicle, it was always due to the “linkage.”


  • Richard Grauerholz Posted November 21, 2021 10:43 am

    Sympathay to the family of Bill. He was such a fun guy

  • Jane M. Wagar Posted November 22, 2021 3:28 pm

    Sending my deepest sympathy to the Begley family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Mindy – your dad sounds like quite a wonderful man and someone I wish I had gotten the pleasure to get to know!! Cherish all the good memories that you have of your dad – he will always be with you in your heart and in those good memories! I am thinking about you.

  • Christine Reedy Posted November 22, 2021 3:43 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Sending lots of love from Virginia. Mark, Christine (Rohan), Katie and Kelly Reedy

  • Robert (FireBob) Sorensen Posted November 23, 2021 6:10 am

    My sincere condolences to the Begley family. Having known and worked for Pat, Don and Bill at AFECO (Andersen Fire Equipment Co) for almost 25 years; it was an education all its own. And will not be forgotten. The Begley family was a large part of my life and was my cause to start my own fire equipment company. I knew I made it when brother Bill directed a manufacturers representative to my front door to sell their product. Bill told that rep that I was “the new mover and shaker”! Thank you Bill for jump starting my success. God test your soul.

  • Mary Lou Nemec Gunia Posted November 23, 2021 9:46 pm

    Norma, Mindy & all the family: Love & prayers to you all at this time of your loss of Bill.

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