William J. Bishop, 77, died on Friday, February 15, 2019 after a long, brave battle with grave illness.
Originally from Ringwood, NJ, Bill has resided in Little Falls, NJ with his beloved wife Anne for the past 25 years.
A graduate of Lakeland Regional High, Wanaque, NJ, Bill began his career as a heavy equipment operator for the Borough of Ringwood. He was also a volunteer fireman for the borough. He later went to work for the City of New York and then onto a thirty-year tenure at Salomone Brothers, Wayne, NJ. Since nothing made Bill happier than a hard day's work, his retirement was brief. At the age of 70, Bill was employed by Gallen Contracting, Hackensack, NJ until 2015.
Bill was a fishing enthusiast, enjoying quiet time alone at Clinton Reservoir or Echo Lake with only large-mouth bass for company. He was also an avid reader, from the daily newspaper, to fishing magazines and the Smithsonian, as well as fictional novels. He loved Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles and surprisingly, the Bee Gees. Live musical performances, such as concerts, plays and dance made him smile. He enjoyed traveling the country with his wife and family. Together they explored California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Texas and most of the east coast from Bar Harbor, Maine to Key West, Florida. Las Vegas was the place they most visited, but before his illness, San Juan, Puerto Rico became one of Bill's new favorites.
He is deeply loved and survived by his wife Anne (nee Arena), daughters Lorraine and her husband Thomas O' Brien of Otisville, NY, Christine and her husband Arty Gabriel of Tully, NY, Colleen and her husband Daniel Kolibab of Riverdale, NJ, Crystal and her husband Steven Obringer of Riverdale, NJ, step-sons, Kevin, Christopher and Nicholas Brandell of Little Falls, NJ and most importantly, his one and only grandchild, Jacelyn Claire O' Brien.
Although an only child, Bill was blessed by a large, loving extended family and will be greatly missed by the Farrell family, the Aungst family and the Arena family as well as wonderful friends too numerous to name.
Everybody loved Bill.
According to his wishes, Bill will be cremated and there will be no wake/viewing.
A memorial mass in his honor will be held at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls, NJ on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 9:30 am with a repast immediately following at the Russian Hall, 4 Woodhull Avenue, Little Falls, NJ to celebrate Bill's life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital www.stjude.org or the Holy Angels Food Pantry.