D. William “Bill” Broad, 83, of North Syracuse, entered eternal rest with our Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday, February 16, 2023, following a long illness. Born in Syracuse, NY on Feb. 1, 1940, Bill grew up in the Eastwood area and was the son of the late Donald W. Broad, Sr. and Evelyn Elizabeth “Betty” (Smith) Broad Youngs.
He graduated from St. Vincent de Paul High School in 1959 and worked for Niagara Mohawk for 34 years, retiring in 1994. In 1977, he was appointed to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Dept. Special Deputy unit, attended the Police Training Academy at O.C.C., and in 1981 was promoted to lieutenant. In 1983, Sheriff Dillon appointed him Chief Special Deputy Sheriff and he remained chief of the unit until his retirement in 2007 at which time he was commended for his 30 years of service. During his 24 years as chief, he initiated a number of volunteer community outreach programs in which the Special Deputy Unit participated. Always active, even in retirement, for some years he also worked part-time as a public safety officer at Syracuse University during special events. A lifelong automobile enthusiast, he participated in classic car events throughout central NY. He was also a talented craftsman; his interests ranged from a variety of woodworking creations to also repurposing vintage car parts to make custom clocks which he was pleased to make for family and friends. He was active among the St. Vincent’s alumni community (“The ‘59s”), was a member of numerous organizations over the years including the Six Nations Pontiac-Oakland Club and the Central NY State Association of Chiefs of Police, and he was a supporter of Project Children to help advance the peace process in Northern Ireland. He was a communicant of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church.
He is survived by his devoted wife Beverly Ann (Dorschel) Broad, whom he married at St. Margaret’s Church in 1969; their three children: Michael Broad of N. Syracuse, Matthew (Breanne) Broad of Spencerport, Mary Elizabeth (Christopher) Andrews of Cicero; five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Clay, and London Andrews of Cicero and Violet and Charlotte Broad of Spencerport; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to Hospice of Central New York.