Elmwood Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Visitation Information

William P. Kowal, "AKA Will Kayne"

Passed away on August 23, 2019

William P. Kowal, “AKA Will Kayne”, age 66, late of New Port Richey, FL, formerly of Los Angeles, CA and Chicago’s South East Side passed away on August 23, 2019. Beloved son of the late Joseph and late Veronica (nee Bialek) Kowal. Loving brother of Joan (Fred) Dust and Ted (Mary) Kowal. Dear uncle of Ted (Mary Ellen Aardema) Kowal and Tony Kowal. Cherished great-uncle of Kali Kowal, Gunner Kowal, Aiden Kowal and Elizabeth Kowal. Cousin of Ed (Becky) Kowal. Also survived by many dear friends. William was the Captain / Historian of the Queen Mary which is docked in Long Beach California. He graduated from Annunciata Grammar School and St. Francis de Sales High School on Chicago’s East Side. Attended and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts from Northern Illinois University. William’s acting career included stage plays at St. Francis de Sales High School & Washington Grammar School on Chicago’s South East Side, The King and I and Bus Stop both running in Los Angeles, CA to television show appearances on One Life to Live, Hunter and Mr. Belvidere. William will be missed by all who knew him. Memorial Visitation Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 1-5 p.m. at the Elmwood Chapel 11200 S. Ewing Ave. Chicago, IL 60617. Memorial Services Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Cemetery private. 773-731-2749. www.elmwoodchapel.com.


Elmwood Chapel
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 4:30 pm

Cemetery Private

Visitation Location

East Side
11200 S. Ewing Ave
Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 731-2749


Visitation Information

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm

"Sure wish we got to know Will better in Gardens of Beacon Square in New Port Richey, FL. Rest in Peace, Will."
- Larry L French
September 6, 2019 6:50 pm

"Please accept my deepest sympathy during this time of tremendous loss. I have only wonderful and beautiful memories of Bill from our time at NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY through the present. May you Rest In Peace dear friend. There will always be a very special place in my heart for you. Peace and blessings to Bill’s family. "
- Lawson Skala
September 6, 2019 6:53 pm

"I did not know Will very well. I met him at the neighborhood pool several times and live in the next building over from where he did. I kept thinking about stopping by to visit since he was by himself and new to the community, but other things always caught my time so I never did. I feel so guilty about that. The few times I had the pleasure of meeting Will he was an interesting man to talk to, especially because I grew up in LA. Will was gifted with the talent of remembering people's names and something about them. May he rest in eternal peace!"
- Susan Lalor
September 6, 2019 9:47 pm

"My memories of Will (or Bill as we called him in college at NIU), are legion and legendary. He was smart, funny, kind, sensitive, talented. We were close for a time and I'm so sad that we lost touch over the years. What a unique and lovely friend. He will be greatly missed. "
- Susan Hofflander
September 11, 2019 5:57 pm

" I cannot imagine my childhood without ‘Billy’ as my friend. We played together daily, I considered him very brave when he said the ‘F’ word out loud (Fart)! And looked on in awe when he sat on the front porch across the street and visited with a neighbor lady as if he were her age and they were best friends. I consider myself blessed to have known him and to have shared those wild and crazy days of youth with him.... Thank you, Billy!"
- Lynette Casiano (Szczudlak)
September 13, 2019 10:12 am

Candles Lit