William E. “Billy” Haines, III, age 64, of 17400 State Hwy 86, Saegertown, passed away on March 28, 2017, at Crawford County Care Center. William was born on June 12, 1952, in Fort Worth, Texas, the eldest son of the late William Earl Haines, II and Margaret Tomlin Haines. His early years were spent in Pittsburgh in close proximity to his paternal grandparents for whom he held great love. Later the family moved to the Cambridge Springs area where William would live his entire life. He married Mary Mulligan Haines on March 26, 1988, and she survives.
William was a lifelong enthusiast of the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and reading about outdoor topics. He also enjoyed all types of athletics. In his later years, he particularly enjoyed golfing as a member of Venango Valley Golf Course. William supported youth events and volunteered for years as a hunter/trapper education instructor and traveling with his wife and friends. In his twenties William suffered from alcohol addiction, but he finished his life sober for more than 32 years.
In addition to his wife, Mary, of 29 years he is survived by a daughter, Julie Watts and her three daughters of Cochranton, PA; a brother, David Haines and his wife, Sandy and their daughter Molly of Columbus, OH; a brother, Doug Haines of Colorado; a brother-in-law, James Mulligan and his wife, Carolyn of Saegertown; a brother-in-law, Thomas Mulligan of Meadville; a brother-in-law Terry Mulligan of Meadville; a sister-in-law Irene Mulligan(James) of Meadville; and sister-in-law, Barbara Mulligan of Conneaut Lake. Bill was especially close to his aunt, Sister James Francis Mulligan of Erie, his aunt, Sally Desmond and her husband Ray of Butler his uncle, Tony Neff and his wife Roberta of Butler, his uncle, Clark Haines and his wife, Lori of Pittsburgh, and his aunt, Betty Haines of Sandy Lake. Also he is survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Bill was preceded in death by his brother-in-law’s, Joseph Mulligan and Richard Mulligan, and numerous aunts and uncles.
Friends may call at the Van Matre Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Wednesday, March 29, from 3 until 6 p.m. with a funeral service at 6 p.m. Interment will be held at Saint Brigid Cemetery of Meadville.
Memorials may be made to the Children’s Miracle Network.