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William Marshall, III

4/22/2017


William James Marshall, III, age 91 of Wayne, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Bill was born in Passaic where he began life before moving to Clifton. He graduated from Clifton High School with the Class of 1943.

One day while driving in town, Bill spotted a guy on the side of the road with a flat tire. Good natured as he was, Bill pulled over to see if he could lend a helping hand. The guy with the flat tire was Bud Vander Hoff and, to show his appreciation, Bud invited Bill to his house for a bite to eat. When they arrived at Bud’s house, Bill quickly noticed Bud’s sister Wanita. In fact you could say that sparks of attraction started flying. Looking back, Bill would surely tell you that helping Bud fix his flat tire turned out to be one of the most fortuitous acts of kindness he ever did. He and Wanita started dating and soon after were married by the justice of the peace on Sunday, January 9, 1944. A little over a week later, on January 20, Bill enlisted in the United States Navy as World War II was in full swing. He proudly served for a little under two years when injury caused him to be honorably discharged from active duty.

Upon Bill’s return to civilian life, he resumed his job with manufacturer Mycalex, Incorporated of Clifton. He began working there at age 17 and he enjoyed a long and prosperous career ascending to the position of foreman supervisor and working there for 45 years until retiring in 1987. One of the endeavors his company was involved in required the import of mica from India. Bill liked to tell the story of how one day a cobra snake was found among all of that mica. It must have got caught in the shipment from India and probably didn’t like its new home in the United States so much. Bill loved his work and he always enjoyed the camaraderie and respect of his coworkers.

Soon after returning from Navy service, Bill and Wanita moved to Wayne where they remained the rest of their lives. After several miscarriages, they were blessed with a precious baby girl and they named her Candace. From that day forward, she was “Daddy’s little girl” and Candace will always cherish special childhood memories of spending time with her daddy. He would often take her to work with him and let her ride in the rack truck and sometimes on the truck’s back lift-gate. They’d go fishing together – truly one of Bill’s favorite pastimes, and they shared a love of animals as Candace recalls having all kinds of pets, like their two chickens named Myrtle and Gertrude, as well as various rabbits, German Shepherds and cats. A proud member of the NRA, Bill also enjoyed going to the shooting range.

After retiring, Bill and Wanita took the opportunity to travel a bit, but Bill mostly cherished times spent with his entire family. He enjoyed trips to Saranac Lake in up-state New York camping at a KOA camp with Wanita, his daughter Candace and her husband Doug, and his three grandsons. Those grandsons were very special to Bill! A day spent fishing with them at the Monksville Reservoir or Fayson Lake and teaching them all he knew about catching the “big one” was really special to him. He also enthusiastically chased those boys all over the country to watch them play ice hockey in various tournaments and competitions.

Bill had a great sense of humor and really loved playing pranks on family, friends and coworkers. One time he told his friend Pete, who was deathly afraid of snakes, that there was one in his car. He also liked doing silly, harmless pranks like putting little stones inside the hubcaps of people’s tires. Wherever he went, Bill touched lives with his kind, caring and sensitive nature. Everyone who knew him loved him. He will be greatly missed.

Bill was the loving father of Candace and husband Doug Bright of Wayne; adoring grandfather of Bill and wife Jackie Katinsky, Raymond and wife Kim Katinsky, and Doug Bright and his companion Cori Healy; cherished great-grandfather of Blake, Shae, Travis, and Anna Katinsky. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 61 years - Wanita in 2005, and his dear sister Frances Scalza in 2014.

Bill’s family also want to say a special “thank you” to the staff of Lakeview Rehabilitation and Care Center in Wayne for the loving and caring service given to Bill in the last couple of years.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 5-9 PM.

A time for Bill’s family to share special memories of his life will take place during visitation and begin in the funeral home at 7:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in William’s name are asked to consider the Alzheimer’s Association, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834-1365 (www.alz.org/nj).

Guest Book

4/24/2017

Dear Daddy I know you are no longer suffering and scared because of dementia and I am happy that you are at peace ...it was a long 2 year battle and I tried so hard to learn everything I could about this horrible disease so I could hel you .. daddy I tried so hard and hoped that everything I did would either slow down or somewhat reverse your dementia...but nothing did.. caring for you was challenging at times but I would do it all over again.. you were my hero since the day I was born... I love you with all my heart and soul and miss you terribly ? Right now I'm broken into a million pieces but I will be ok... I will keep your memory alive always. Love Forever? Candi. Xo

Candi Bright

4/25/2017

Candi so sorry for your loss. I'm glad that we were able to spend Christmas breakfast with your dad. Keeping you all in my prayers.

Sheryl Healy

4/26/2017

Miss you daddy ??

Candi Bright

4/27/2017

I was blessed with knowing this wonderful man. God bless him and look after his wonderful family. He friend Avalanche will miss him. God bless you all and we will keep you in our prayers. John,Liz and Avalanche

John Rainey

4/29/2017

Can't believe you have been gone a week. Miss you so much. Xo

Candi

5/6/2017

I lost my hero two weeks ago today. I love you a miss you so very much. Xo

Candi Bright


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