Sheriff’s deputy passes away from cancer

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A local community is mourning the loss of a longtime sheriff’s deputy.

William Marshall passed away from cancer on Tuesday and was seen as a father figure to so many in the community.

Everybody knew Billy Marshall.

“I’ll just remember him as a good friend,” Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said.

Billy Marshall was the type of guy you could always depend on. He was a Saratoga County sheriff’s deputy for 34 years, and then worked as a patrolman in the village of Ballston Spa.

But he was more than that.

“He was the person to go to,” his son Chad said. “He knew it all. He knew it all.”

And he gave it his all.

He coached summer league baseball for decades. He was also the father of five children. Three of his sons followed in their dad’s footsteps by taking up careers in law enforcement.

Chad is a sheriff’s deputy, Shane is a Saratoga Springs police officer, and Cody is a Saratoga Springs police dispatcher.

“One of the biggest things he taught was rule number one is no matter what happens throughout the day, you always go home,” Shane said.

They remember their father healthy, happy and adventurous.

“If cancer was hurting him in any way, he never really let it show,” Cody said.

Marshall was 62 when he passed away, but he will be remembered for the way he faced life: strong with dignity and compassion.

“One of the things he said was, ‘You have a family that will take care of you,’” Cody said. “And now we see it’s the law enforcement family that he was a part of. It’s like, wow, without it, we’d probably be struggling a lot more right now.”

Marshall’s funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 20 at Stillwater High School. Public viewing begins at 11 a.m. with services at 2 p.m.

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