Former Superior Court judge, Stamford interim mayor dies
STAMFORD — William F. Hickey Jr., a longtime state Superior Court judge and former state senator, died last week at his home in Fairfield.
Hickey, a Stamford native, died Thursday at the age of 87. Hickey was appointed a state Superior Court judge in Stamford in 1988 by Gov. William O’Neill. He was appointed in 1996 as administrative judge, a role he held until his retirement in 2012.
He served as interim mayor of Stamford for three months in 1963 after Mayor J. Walter Kennedy left office five months before his second term expired to become commissioner of the National Basketball Association.
Hickey served as assistant Senate minority leader for four years while representing Stamford as a senator in the 27th District from 1960 to 1970.
Hickey was born May 28, 1929 in Stamford to the late William F. and Margaret Dooley Hickey.
He graduated in 1948 from St. Basil’s Preparatory School in Stamford, where he played varsity baseball, football and basketball. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1952, and Fordham University Law School in 1955.
Hickey and his family lived in New Canaan from 1979 to 2004.
Hickey is survived by his wife of 54 years, Grace Hickey, of Fairfield, two daughters, Sharon Sutton, of San Francisco, Calif., and Courtney Lamoin, of Fairfield; a son, David Hickey, of Southport; a sister, Rosemary Love, of Massachuetts and Florida; a brother, Kieran Hickey, of Florida; four grandchildren, three nieces and a nephew.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Heather Hickey, and his nephew, Christopher Hickey.
A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, in Fairfield. Burial will be private.