Casey McCallum Rice South Shore Funeral Home

30 Nelson Avenue, Staten Island, NY


William G Drinnan

August 13, 1929July 29, 2020

William G. (Bill) Drinnan, a life-long Staten Islander, passed away on July 29 at 90 years of age. An alumnus of City College and a licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Bill retired as Borough Engineer in 1991 after a thirty-eight year career at Staten Island's Borough Hall, having served six of the borough's presidents.

Growing up in West New Brighton, Bill attended PS 19 and Port Richmond High School, whose halls always held fold memories for him. His membership on the Alumni Board of that school was longstanding.

He and Claire Stephens married in 1955. They and their two children, David and Louise, enjoyed annual vacations for eighteen years at Lake Wallenpaupack, PA. The family's interest turned to sailing upon joining Richmond County Yacht Club in which Bill took an active role. Bill and Claire cruised aboard their sailboat, Fairwind, for thirty years. Additionally, they traveled to many destinations including Alaska, United Kingdom, Europe and South America.

Funeral arrangements are by Casey McCallum Rice, Nelson Avenue. A future memorial service, followed by a social hour, will be held at New Dorp Moravian Church, details to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory to Moravian Open Door at 347 E. 18th Street, New York, NY 10003 www.moravianhouse.org will be welcome.


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Emily and John Barbaro

July 30, 2020

We had the pleasure of seeing Claire and Bill whenever they visited their family here in New Jersey. Those visits were never nearly often enough. We will miss Bill dreadfully.