William Tally Girard (1942-2022)
William Tally Girard, age 79, of Shorewood, IL, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022.
Tally was born on Nov. 17,1942 in Joliet, IL. He graduated from Joliet Township High School in 1960 and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Midwest College of Engineering and an MBA from Governor’s State University. He spent 25 years working in various positions at Caterpillar and then moved into Engineering Consulting. He finally retired in 2009 from his own engineering consulting business, Girard & Associates. He continued to work on projects around his home and was always willing to help his children and grandchildren with projects of theirs as well. He was a lifelong Chicago Bears fan and enjoyed watching games on Sunday’s with his family.
Tally is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Sue (nee Smiley) and daughter Amy (Gary) Lee of Joliet, IL. Granddaughters, Niki Girard of Plainfield, IL, and Sydney Robison-Girard of Manhattan, IL, and grandsons Ryan, Dylan and Jayden Lee of Joliet, IL. He is also survived by sister’s in law, Evonne Girard of Shorewood, Judy Smiley of Moline, IL and Joanne Smiley of Inyokern, CA. Numerous nieces, nephews and friends also survive. Tally is preceded in death by his sons, Neal and Thomas Girard and nephew William (Bill) Girard and great-nephew Michael Ducharme.
Services for Tally will be Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 3:30 p.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 6:30 p.m.