William “Bill” Charles Caldwell

Not too long ago in Heaven there was a young soul and an old soul, both taking wonder in observing the world. They enjoyed the love they saw there and often expressed this joy with God. But they also saw suffering in the world and wondered why bad things happen? God told them, “Do not be sad, for the suffering you see, unlocks the love in people’s hearts.” Confused, they asked “What do you mean?” God replied, “Have you not noticed the goodness and love that is the offspring of that suffering? Look at how people come together, drop their differences and show their love and compassion for those who suffer. All their other motivations disappear and they become motivated by love alone. The suffering soul unlocks that love. I tell you this — it is the greatest miracle of all. Many souls have bravely chosen to go into the world and suffer — to unlock this love — to create this miracle for the good of humanity.”

Born April 1, 1957, William (Bill) Charles Caldwell, 60, of Kennedy was healed Saturday (April 1, 2017) at 9:36 a.m., with his dogs at his side. He was a beloved son of Benjamin B. Caldwell and Mary L. Hangartner.

Bill, born in Buffalo, grew up on Bentley Hill Road, Conewango Valley, one of 11 children. A determined, independent young man he worked on Clarks dairy farm while attending Pine Valley High School and working part-time in the bus garage. In addition, Bill was an altar boy at St Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Cherry Creek, where he was baptized and confirmed. Bill’s sense of determination and strength came from his close relationship with his grandmother. He was always the kind of man who would do anything for someone in need. He put his family first and foremost showing what real love and caring was all about. His strong demeanor hid his enormously big yet soft heart. 

With the love and support of his wife, Bev Mooney Caldwell, they worked steadily to build a home and a life together, while raising two children: Tara Caldwell Swan and Matthew Caldwell. Bill always had high expectations of his children, setting an example through his own hard work and determination, showing them that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

After many years of supporting his family by driving truck for Ellington Hardwood, Sysco, USF Holland, New England Motor Freight, and Hanson Cartage, along with his spare time being spent at the Waterboro Gravel Pit, he reluctantly left his employment to focus on healing and rehabilitation after his massive stroke in 2009.

Bill struggled with life after his stroke, always wanting to be “normal” and wanting to go back to living the life of driving truck and supporting his family, while helping those around him. He is and always will be an extremely hard worker, never satisfied, and always wanting more for his wife, Bev and his children, Matt and Tara.

While Bill struggled with coming to terms with his disability, the birth of his granddaughter, Kallie Lynn Swan, in 2011 changed his demeanor, his attitude, and his outlook on life.

Bill was a member of the Local Teamsters Union 241 while employed at Sysco and was recognized as Employee of the Month, Employee of the Year, Sysco Cares Award for Customer Service and 19 Years of Safe Driving. Bill was a parishioner and member of the Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church in Falconer. Furthermore, he was an organ donor for Unyts.

Surviving are his wife, Beverly A. Mooney Caldwell and children, Tara L. Swan (Shane) and Matthew Caldwell (Nicole) and grandson, William J. Caldwell. Along with siblings: James Bowersox (Lynn), Dennis Caldwell (Sue), Gary Caldwell (Dee), Timothy Caldwell (Chris), Benjamin Caldwell (Carol), Deborah Laskey (Ken), Janet Delahoy, Judith Grinell, Patricia Petersen (Mike) and Molly Oexle (Bill) in addition to many nieces and nephews.

Bill has been reunited with his granddaughter, Kallie Lynn Swan, his dog Broscoe and granddog, Lily. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends will be received by the family from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday in the Falconer Funeral Home.

The Altar and Rosary Society of OLL will conduct a rosary service at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church, Falconer. The Rev. Joseph P. Janaczek along with visiting Rev. Joseph A. Gullo will be the celebrants.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be donated to Kallie’s Krusade,  P.O. Box 224, Falconer, NY 14733,  www.kallieskrusade.org, or the Kennedy Fire Department, P.O. Box 62, Kennedy, NY 14747, or Wings Flights of Hope, 3964 California Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127.

To send a message of condolence visit www.falconerfuneral home.net.