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Obituary for William J. McGiveney, Jr. - "Bill"

William J. McGiveney, Jr. “Bill”, 80, passed away on January 23, 2024 surrounded by his family. Bill was a teacher in the Archdiocese of Louisville for over 42 years with the majority of his teaching taking place at St. Rita, St. James and St. Raphael schools. He was a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites for over 10 years.

Above all, Bill loved his family. He adored his six grandchildren and provided his family with many hours of joy and laughter throughout his life. He enjoyed traveling with family and visiting historic sites - feeding his love for history. Notorious for hosting “Trivial Pursuit” parties, he had a thirst for knowledge and his competitive spirit was contagious. He was an avid reader until his last days.

Next to his family, Bill’s passion was Catholic education. He was a well-loved and respected educator. Known affectionally for his “Coke questions” and “Mental Math”, he employed innovative teaching techniques that impacted thousands of students throughout his lifetime. As a devout Catholic, religious development of young people was very important to him.

Bill is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Joan Kempf McGiveney, his daughter, Julie Baum and his two sons, Tim and Brian (Liz). Bill is also survived by his grandchildren, Hunter (Diana), Jack, Sam, Mary Kate, Lucy and Reed, his siblings Patricia Renck, Michael McGiveney, Tina Becker and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Jerry McGiveney, Donna Minchin and Becky McGiveney.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Catholic Education Foundation,, 401 West Main Street, Suite 806, Louisville, KY 40202.

His funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 29th, at St. Raphael the Archangel Church, 2141 Lancashire Avenue. Visitation will be held Sunday, January 28th, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery following the service.