William J. Dugal Jr., 83, of Oak Park died on Feb. 7, 2011. Born on March 14, 1927, Mr. Dugal lived in the Nathan G. Moore home on Forest Avenue, built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1895, and rebuilt by the famous architect after a fire destroyed the top floor in 1923. The house was commissioned by Moore, Wright’s friend and neighbor, when Wright was still struggling to distinguish himself in the field of architecture and support his family. Though he was typically attracted to more distinctive architectural styles, he agreed to build the Moore house in the traditional English Tudor style, which he was said to have detested. The rebuilt home, however, included exotic design flourishes, which included Mayan influence.
During his ownership, Dugal opened the house for tours occasionally to raise funds for Friedrich’s Ataxia, a rare degenerative condition afflicting some of his children.
William Dugal is survived by his children, Jack (Karen), James M.D., Mary Ellen Dugal Dwyer, Kathleen, Robert, and Patricia (Timothy) Klein; his grandchildren, Brian M.D., Michael, Jennifer and Kevin Dugal, William and James Dugal, Patrick and Timothy Dwyer, and Kimberly and Katylin Klein; his great-grandchild, Tyler Dwyer; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline “Jackie” Brady Dugal; his son, Rev. William J. Dugal III; his daughter-in-law, Cheryl; and his sister, Jane O’Sullivan.
Visitation was held on Feb. 11 at Dreschler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park. Funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 12 at St. Edmund Church in Oak Park, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Masses are appreciated.