William Edward Culhane

December 1, 1931March 7, 2021

William (Bill) Edward Culhane, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 89 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease on March 7th.

Bill was born on December 1, 1931 in the Bronx, New York to William S. and Katherine Culhane. He attended Fordham University on the G.I. Bill after having served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. Upon graduation from Fordham, he worked for the Taylor Wine Company in Atlanta, Georgia where he met and wed the love of his life, Carolyn Hunt. He then worked for The Wine Spectrum/Coca Cola and later in life he formed his own wine brokerage representing vineyards all over the world. Eventually he retired at 82 years old to spend his golden years with his wife. Together they had three children, Sean (Marybeth), Kathleen (Mark) and Patrick.

Bill had a quick, dry wit, was a famed storyteller known to embellish, was quick to tickle the ivories during gatherings, and an accomplished accordionist. He was a devout Catholic, longtime friend of the Society of Jesus, Green Hills Rotarian, Paul Harris Fellow, Knights of Columbus and Knights of the Vine.

He is preceded in death by his father, William, and his mother, Katherine. He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn, of 57 years along with his three children, Sean, Kathleen, Patrick, his sister, Ann, several cousins, nieces, and grandchildren, Katie (23), Emily (21), Alex (21), Hannah Grace (18), Jack (16), and Sam (14).

The family will hold a private funeral service and then hold a memorial service for family and friends when the pandemic restrictions have been lifted. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations in Bill's memory go towards the American Parkinson's Disease Association, P.O. Box 61420, Staten Island, New York 10306 or online at


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Dean Wilson

March 27, 2021

What a beautiful person. I so enjoyed his company and friendship. Bill was a wonderful man with a wonderful family. I will miss him along with the yellow wind breaker he always wore in Germany. I am so thankful I was able to visit with him in October.
Love you Brother

Rowald Hepp

March 15, 2021

Working together with the great Bill Culhane for more than 20 years up until his retirement was a privilege as well as an honor. His passion for his job, his family and for all the people around him was outstanding. I´m very happy to have lots of memories from spending a weekend with Bill and Carolyne at their wonderful private home in 2016, which gave me the chance to learn and experience Bill Culhane not only as a business partner but as a friend. Visiting Belle Meade estate together, having a nice Barbecue and spending quite some hours to talk and exchange our thoughts made these days become unforgettable. We laughed a lot as Bill´s sense of humor was legendary. Even in his last email a couple of months ago he was joking and telling me that he is about to give up ballet due to his Parkinson disease.
Over all his love for Carolyne and his family was around him every single second of his life. Dear Bill - rest in peace.
Dear Carolyne, our sincere condolences to you and your family.

Dr. Rowald Hepp and family as well as the entire team of Schloss Vollrads Estate, Rheingau, Germany

Phil Dickhaus

March 11, 2021

I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have known Bill Culhane over the years. A man of character … a man of integrity … his deep love of Carolyn was evident every time she was around him. His wisdom shared, as well as quick wit, contributed to many enjoyable conversations, especially during our times in Germany. Carolyn, and family, my prayer for you is that the huge void left will be filled with fond memories, and an overwhelming sense of God’s presence.

Nancy Goodrich

March 10, 2021

Always inspired by his charm, grace, and wit Bill was a blessing to know. Ed and I will miss him. He was a true example of the Holy Spirit in action. Peace.

Stephen Reck

March 9, 2021

Dear Sean and Family,

We are praying for all of you at this time and ask that the Lord would draw near to each of you to give you peace and His joy during this time. May you be reminded of the fond and joy-filled memories of your Dad that you shared together as a family. Take care my friend and know that all of you will continue to be in our prayers. Blessings, Stephen and Stephanie