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ObituarySouth: William Bryan / Retired insurance broker had a passion for golf

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

By Al Lowe, Tri-State Sports & News Service

William Bryan, a Munhall insurance broker, who loved golf, took full advantage of his retirement and set a record during the first year for the most games played by one person at Duquesne Golf Club.

The year was 1990 and the number of games was 200.

He was proud of his putting and played regularly with buddies who considered themselves good golfers. They called themselves "The Sluggers."

Mr. Bryan also played a lot with his son, William of Jefferson Hills, and they entered father-and-son tournaments and even won a local one at South Hills Country Club in 1986.

When he wasn't playing golf, the senior Bryan was visiting Poli's restaurant in Squirrel Hill and Tambellini's on Route 51. He also still helped former clients.

"He was very friendly, very gregarious and belonged to many, many local clubs. He knew everyone in Munhall," his son said.

Mr. Bryan, 78, died of a heart attack July 8 at UMPC Braddock.

Mr. Bryan met his wife, June, when they attended Homestead High School. He served in the Navy in Italy and in the Pacific during World War II.

He married in 1945 and joined with his father, who had started an insurance business in Greenfield during The Great Depression. They called it Bryan & Bryan.

Mr. Bryan was so successful that insurance companies rewarded him by paying for his trips to Europe, Ireland and Canada.

He sold the business after he retired.

Besides his son and wife, Mr. Bryan is survived by a daughter, Gemma Musiol of Munhall; eight sisters, Rose Sullivan of Homestead, Bessie Shehady of Homestead, Dolores Gilchrist of Glassport, Diana Salome of El Paso, Texas, Jean Liebert of West Homestead, June Gigante of Verona, Madeline Stephens of Whitehall and Anita Siyufy of Munhall; and three grandchildren.

A Mass was celebrated Saturday at St. George Antiochan Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh.

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