William J. McCabe, a retired engineering and manufacturing executive, died Jan. 30, 2016, at Danbury Hospital of complications brought about by pneumonia. A resident of New Canaan for 48 years, he was 90 years old.
The son of an aeronautical engineer, Valentine R. McCabe and Mary Driscoll McCabe, he was born in New York City on March 2, 1925. He entered Marquette University in 1942 and in 1944 received a Presidential appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. During the Korean War he served four years in the submarine service.
He then joined General Electric Defense Operations where he was project manager – Polaris Fire Control Systems (first intercontinental ballistic missile launched from a nuclear submarine). He later joined General Motors Corporation’s Aerospace Department where he was project manager of the B-52 Bombing and Navigation System. In 1964, he was made project manager of the Apollo Guidance and Navigation Systems (man on the moon program).
His last 12 years prior to retirement in 1993 were with United States Surgical Corporation in Norwalk, Conn., as senior director, materials and purchasing.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lucille Wordell McCabe, and eight children: William R. McCabe, of Minneapolis, Minn., Joseph A. McCabe of New Canaan, Conn., Thomas F. (Joyce) McCabe of Darien, Conn., John P. (Susan) McCabe of Boston, Mass.,, Mary G. McCabe of Lutz, Fla., Patrick M. (Kathleen) McCabe of Unionville, Conn., James A. McCabe of Palm Springs, Calif., and Daniel E. (Lory) McCabe of Wilton, Conn. In addition, he is survived by a brother, Robert F. McCabe of Wyomissing, Pa. He was predeceased by two sisters, Margaret T. Schwartz of Greensboro, N.C. and Mary McCabe Reinert of Cincinnati, Ohio. He has 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at at 1 on Saturday, Feb. 6, at St. Aloysius Church on Cherry Street in New Canaan. A burial service will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in New Canaan. Friends may call at the Hoyt Funeral Home, 199 Main Street, New Canaan, on Friday, Feb. 5, from 4 to 8 (hoytfuneralhome.com). Contributions in McCabe’s memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.