In memory of
William Carmichael Bolger
In memory of
William Carmichael Bolger
William Carmichael Bolger April 23, 1940 - Sept. 5, 2020 William Carmichael "Bill" Bolger passed away Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 after a courageous and often gracious engagement with Alzheimer's. He charmed those around him to the very end, and made the most of his humor, his coping and social skills, and his sharp recall of the past, even as the disease took a toll on his day-to-day cognition and physical health. Bill was born in Portland and grew up on S.W. Talbot Road while attending Ainsworth and St. Thomas More elementary schools, and Central Catholic High School. A member of the Phi Gamma Delta "FIJI" fraternity, like his father, his son and his nephew, Bill graduated from the University of Oregon in '62 with a degree in History, and moved to San Francisco, where he married UO classmate Margaret Halvorson in '63. They relocated to Portland in '67 so Bill could take over the family haberdashery, Ray Bolger Clothier. The store closed in '75 but is remembered fondly to this day by former customers and friends, who found traditional men's clothing, and always a welcoming reception. The consummate salesman, Bill never forgot a name or a face, and made friends wherever he went. When he was in Portland, he was a regular at the Goose Hollow Inn. He could also be found in San Francisco's North Beach, which he frequented during his many years living in the Bay Area, or in the Spring, in New Orleans for Jazz Fest. Bill's interest in history and his Scottish heritage fueled several trips to the UK with his favorite cousin, and to regular gatherings for the Carmichael Clan, where he was always dressed head to toe in the appropriate clan regalia. His other passion was cars. He collected, rebuilt, and showed early V8 Fords, winning National awards, and was a founding member of the local Ford V8 and Austin-Healey clubs. Wherever Bill was, there was a party, and his enthusiasms and temperament carried many an event. At 6'3", but light on his feet, he was hard to miss. A romantic and a child at heart, he always appreciated beauty, style, and tradition, and would find nuggets of these qualities to enjoy in life, no matter how dark his situation. For this, he was loved, and will be remembered by many. Bill is survived by his daughter, Wendy Bolger (Michael Ashford) of Takoma Park, Md., and grandchildren, George, William, and Marguerite Ashford; and also by his son, Cassidy Bolger (Amie Bates) and granddaughter, Nari Bates; by his sister, Mary Lynn Bolger; nephew, Patrick Johnston; and niece, AlexSandra Johnston Gambino, all of Portland. A celebration of his life is planned for summer 2021. Remembrances suggested to Transition Projects ( www.tprojects.org ). Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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In memory of
William Carmichael Bolger
William Carmichael Bolger April 23, 1940 - Sept. 5, 2020 William Carmichael "Bill" Bolger passed away Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 after a courageous and often gracious engagement with Alzheimer's. He charmed those around him to the very end, and made the most of his humor, his coping and social skills, and his sharp recall of the past, even as the disease took a toll on his day-to-day cognition and physical health. Bill was born in Portland and grew up on S.W. Talbot Road while attending Ainsworth and St. Thomas More elementary schools, and Central Catholic High School. A member of the Phi Gamma Delta "FIJI" fraternity, like his father, his son and his nephew, Bill graduated from the University of Oregon in '62 with a degree in History, and moved to San Francisco, where he married UO classmate Margaret Halvorson in '63. They relocated to Portland in '67 so Bill could take over the family haberdashery, Ray Bolger Clothier. The store closed in '75 but is remembered fondly to this day by former customers and friends, who found traditional men's clothing, and always a welcoming reception. The consummate salesman, Bill never forgot a name or a face, and made friends wherever he went. When he was in Portland, he was a regular at the Goose Hollow Inn. He could also be found in San Francisco's North Beach, which he frequented during his many years living in the Bay Area, or in the Spring, in New Orleans for Jazz Fest. Bill's interest in history and his Scottish heritage fueled several trips to the UK with his favorite cousin, and to regular gatherings for the Carmichael Clan, where he was always dressed head to toe in the appropriate clan regalia. His other passion was cars. He collected, rebuilt, and showed early V8 Fords, winning National awards, and was a founding member of the local Ford V8 and Austin-Healey clubs. Wherever Bill was, there was a party, and his enthusiasms and temperament carried many an event. At 6'3", but light on his feet, he was hard to miss. A romantic and a child at heart, he always appreciated beauty, style, and tradition, and would find nuggets of these qualities to enjoy in life, no matter how dark his situation. For this, he was loved, and will be remembered by many. Bill is survived by his daughter, Wendy Bolger (Michael Ashford) of Takoma Park, Md., and grandchildren, George, William, and Marguerite Ashford; and also by his son, Cassidy Bolger (Amie Bates) and granddaughter, Nari Bates; by his sister, Mary Lynn Bolger; nephew, Patrick Johnston; and niece, AlexSandra Johnston Gambino, all of Portland. A celebration of his life is planned for summer 2021. Remembrances suggested to Transition Projects ( www.tprojects.org ). Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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