William "Bill" J. Brown, 81, of Gibbsboro, N.J., passed away with his family at his bedside on Sunday, Jan. 6, at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees, N.J.
Born in Bellevue, Bill was formerly of the Ashland section of Voorhees, N.J., where he raised his family for 40 years.
Bill was a longtime active member of Holy Rosary Church.
He proudly served in the U.S. Marines prior to his employment. Bill worked at Pennsylania Tidewater Dock Company for 30 years and PATCO for 15 years until his retirement in 1996.
On Dec. 27, 1954, Bill married Loretta Theibert who preceded him in death on March 30, 1993.
He was the devoted father of: William (Denise) Brown, of Marlton, Craig (Denise) Brown, of Lumberton, Becky (Glen) McFerren, of Gibbsboro, Jude (Valerie) Brown, of Voorhees, Bridget (Greg) Cardone, of Howell, and Eric (Jennifer) Brown of Cherry Hill (all in New Jersey). He was the loving grandfather of 16, Brittany, Rhiannon, Brian, Alyssa, Seth, Deanna, Luke, Erika, Jake, Meredith, Ryan, Garret, Matthew, Nicholas, Eric and Jack. He is also survived by his dear sisters, Rosemary Schaus, Margaret Brown and Clara Mae Vincler.
He was pre-deceased by his parents; one brother, Arthur; and five sisters, Delores Falkenberg, Gertrude Mercurio, Mildred Myers, Dorothy Billmeyer and Catherine Duellman.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing 7-9 p.m. Friday , Jan. 11, at the Healy Funeral Home, 1816 Berlin Road (Route 561), Cherry Hill, N.J., and from 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, until his funeral mass at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 27 Kresson-Gibbbsboro Road, Gibbsboro, N.J. Interment will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Berlin, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800,Washington, D.C. 20004 or at lung.org/donate.