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William D. Kidd

1/8/2018



William D. Kidd, age 81 of Lincoln Park, died on Jan. 8, 2018. He had lived in Lincoln Park since 1992.

Bill grew up in Paterson and graduated from Eastside High School. Bill attended Newark College of Engineering and International Correspondence Schools where he trained as a draftsman, he began working with Burgess Steel Products and was self-employed for many years as a draftsman and detailer in the structural steel industry. He finished his career with Vander Meade Welding in West Milford, retiring in 2010.

Bill was an avid fisherman, primarily freshwater lakes and rivers. He loved going upstate and had also fished for steelheads and walleyes in Canada. He was very gifted with his hands and enjoyed being a modeler. A longtime member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, he served as a judge and timer for many events, traveling extensively. Bill served as Scoutmaster with Troop 103 in Wayne when his sons were involved there, and he had the uncommon ability to punt a football an astonishing distance. Perhaps his most challenging struggle, and greatest achievement, was his ability to remain sober for the past thirty two years. During that time, Bill was able to help many other people as well, walking with them through their battles. He may not have been the easiest man to get along with, but he was always honest and forthcoming.

Bill is survived by his five children; William Kidd and his wife Theresa of Saddle Brook, Catherine Cray of Durango, Colorado, Carolanne Kidd of Durango, Colorado, Brian Kidd and his husband Ricardo of Tampa, Florida, and John Kidd of Pensacola, Florida, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Stephanie Kidd in 1998.

Bill will be laid to rest with his daughter Stephanie at Christ the King Cemetery in Franklin Lakes, NJ.  

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