William Joseph Whitney, 84, passed away Sunday at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield. He was born in Watervliet, NY on February 7th, 1933 to the late Francis and Lucia (Brienze) Whitney. He grew up there and moved to Massachusetts in 1978. Bill was the City Editor of the Springfield Republican and after 25 yrs. of employment he retired in 2002. Starting out on the copy desk of the Union News, Sunday Republican, his favorite headline was "Blizzard of ‘78 Drifts into History". Bill walked to work that day because the snow was so heavy, he hailed a cab, jumping in he said "take me to the newspaper" only to realize it was just a car with a huge mound of snow on it. Working his way up to City Editor, his sense of humor came through in his popular Sunday Drive Column and later Just Browsing. He was a communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Spfld. and was a longtime member of the West Springfield Historical Commission. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and proudly served his country in Korea during the Korean War. Loving husband of 42 years to Andrea "Annie" R. (Glasser) Whitney, beloved brother of Pat Klime of Watervliet, NY, and caring uncle of Donald Klime of Delmar, NY, Beth Place of Watervliet, NY and Kathy Ferarro of CT beloved great uncle of Christopher Place of Watervliet, NY and Mitchell Klime of Delmar, NY. Uncle Bill will live in their hearts forever. There will be a Mass in Bill’s memory Wednesday February 14, 2018 7pm at St Thomas Church in West Spfld. Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home has been entrusted with all arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations in William’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005. A Celebration of Life is currently being planned for family, friends and all co-workers past and present in memory of Bill.