• Neill Funeral Home, Inc.
    Camp Hill, PA
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William E. Ennis III 1954 - 2013
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Saturday, October 11, 2014
I just found out about Mr Ennis. I am so saddened. He was my teacher and inspired me to play an instrument I loved and taught me with great patience. Altho I do remember the middle school band frustrating him so badly at times he'd throw his wand across the room :) He will be missed but never forgotten
Sunday, December 08, 2013
You will never be forgotten and always missed. Thank you for all you have given and inspired. Thoughts and prayers with the family.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ennis family in your time of loss.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Deb,
I am so very sorry about your loss. There are no words, but please know that you and your family are in my prayers.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.
Jim, Kathie and Brittany
Saturday, November 16, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Mr. Ennis, you will truly be missed. You were such an inspiration, such a great man, mentor, and teacher. My condolences, thoughts, and heart are with the family. Thank you for all you have done for me.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Bill swam with us at Bethany Village. So sorry to hear of his passing.
Peace be with you and your family.
Carole & Ken Spahr
Friday, November 15, 2013
'Mr. Ennis' shared his passion for music and performance with me and the rest of his students, and helped foster that passion in all of us. He allowed us to use the band room as a second home at school, and the musicians there became a sort of second family. Along the way, I learned life lessons about dedication to a craft and gained the confidence to help me 'come out of my shell,' as my parents/band parents (Marilou and Eddie Colunga) have often said. I owe much of my successes to many great mentors in my life, and Bill is certainly up there. My thoughts are with his family and with those 'extended members' who are surely missing him.
Friday, November 15, 2013
My prayers go out to the Ennis family. Mr. Ennis was a great teacher, mentor, friend and musical inspiration. He will be greatly missed.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Thinking of you all especially today. Reading this Guest Book is such a testimony as to how many hearts and lives Bill Touched. That is Such a Wonderful Blessing !!Through Bill Gods love and compassion was shared among so many people. Praise God. Seek comfort in all these Heart Notes. Love You !
Friday, November 15, 2013
Deb,
Thinking of you and your girls. God bless. Patsy Lavinia
Friday, November 15, 2013
Sincere regrets to the Ennis family. I always enjoyed Bill's unique sense of humor and his contagious laughter at music department meetings. I guess God needed a strong woodwind man to organize that Angel's union. Rest now Bill, and enjoy the music.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
"Mr. Ennis" was the first to instill in me principals relating to precision, dedication to master craft, punctuality, and making sure you are passionate for what you want to do in life. It is in sorrow to only remember those lessons he taught me as a result of this loss, but it is in deep appreciation, admiration, and respect for the person he was to have taught us.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Bill Ennis gave us band parents many great memories through football games,band competitions,parades,(in all kinds of weather) and trips to Disney (Great bus trips). He always supported and encouraged the kids and appreciated the support of the parents. Finally getting a competition score of over 90 points, he fulfilled his promise to "shake his booty"! He will be missed but will make Heaven's band sound great.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Sorry for your loss, Mr. Ennis will be truly missed. As a band parent, it was amazing to watch his interaction with the kids and how the kids always reacted to him.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
I was so sad to hear of Mr. Ennis's passing. Mr. Ennis first taught me flute when I was 8 years old, and later saxophone in high school. I was in every kind of band there was, and I loved it! I knew him for, what felt like, most of my formative years. He taught me to love music and to strive for excellence. When my family was going through a tough time, he was also there for me, and music was my escape for a little while. He always made me laugh, especially when we hit a really sour note, and he did that thing with his eyebrows...I had tried to track him down a few years ago, because I wanted to tell him what he had meant to me...I'm so sorry that I didn't get a chance to tell him. As I teach my son to play the saxophone now, I will think of Mr. Ennis often. I pray that his family and close friends find comfort and peace, and know that we all will miss him.
---EP, class of '91
Thursday, November 14, 2013
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one. Bill was a very important and special person to so many! I truly loved him and cherish the many wonderful memories that I was able to share with him!!If I can do anything to ease your pain or just be a shoulder for you to lean on, please don't hesitate to ask.
Fondly,
Cyd
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Bill was a wonderful Teacher, Mentor and friend. He always pushed me to do the best that I could in High school, and concert and marching band. I spent many days in the band room, whether it was spending down time from classes, or practicing the various Instruments that I played. He was always there for me, when I needed someone to talk to. Even after I graduated he was still always there. Deb, Heather and Meghan you all are in my heart and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family always have and always will have a special place in my heart.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
What sad news to hear of Mr. Ennis' passing! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
EP Class of 90'
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Deb, Heather & Meghan,
I was sad to hear of Bill's passing. Your family has always had a special place in my heart. I will be keeping you all in my prayers....Where there is sadness love plants a garden of memories. God Bless
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
We are so sad to hear of Mr. Ennis' passing. He was a wonderful man and a dedicated teacher, who was dearly loved and respected by all.We moved to this area when Angi was entering high school. Mr. Ennis made her feel right at home and comfortable with her new environment. I will never forget him trying to talk us into adopting children so they could be in the band. That way, he could continue to have us as band parents. As it turned out, we stayed on for two additional years just to help, as Bill appreciated everything we did. We loved every minute of it. Deb, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
to the Ennis family- We are truly saddened by the loss of Bill. We pray for the peace that passes all understanding for the beautiful family he leaves behind. He was a wonderful, dedicated, loyal man, who was a friend, fellow educator and role model to everyone. AND we could always count on him for a sarcastic or funny or profound observation. Fondly remembered and never forgotten,
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Mr. Ennis was one of the few teachers who believed I could succeed. Through clarinet and band lessons he taught me to work hard on the smallest details and always strive for perfection. I remember that he always had a serious look on his face, but he did have a laugh when I drew him as Santa for the cover of the Christmas concert program. At the end of my senior year I was honored when he presented me with the Arion Award. I was thankful to receive that award, but I was even more thankful for his commitment to patiently teaching me to love playing music.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Ennis. He was a wonderful and dedicated teacher. I have many fond memories of my time in band at a East Pennsboro because of him and his influence. The Ennis family is in my thoughts.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Mr Ennis was always dedicated to make us better musicians and students. We were very fortunate to have his guidance through our four years of high school and will always remember the great times we shared. My thoughts and prayers are with Ennis family.

EP Class of '97
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Mr. Ennis was a dedicated teacher always going above and beyond. I can't even fathom the number of hours he devoted to teach students the value of dedication, committment, and hardwork all with patience and a great sense of humor. I feel extremely lucky to have learned so much from Mr. Ennis. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
So very sorry. Bill Ennis was a wonderful music teacher and mentor.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Deb and Family,
I was so saddened to hear the news.
Sarah Hammaker is my daughter and I'm proud to say that Bill played a huge part in who Sarah is today. He gave her the guidance and encouragement she needed to choose her career path as a music educator.
We will always remember him with fond memories and his legacy will live on in all the students he mentored. Prayers to you and the family.
Lori Miller
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I was so deeply saddened to learn of Mr. Ennis's passing. My heart goes out to his family during this most difficult time.
Some of my best times in school were band camp, marching band and concert band. He was always so firm but I always knew that there was a man that really cared about his students, behind that firmness. He was always so patient with me during private flute lessons (which I totally enjoyed), and he always pushed me to be a better musician. With his support and encouragement, I was a very talented flute player. Mr. Ennis's presence in my life during those difficult middle & high school years, was invaluable. I'm so grateful for having had the opportunity, several years ago, to connect with him at a high school football game, to tell him what a profound impact he had on my life during those years, and to thank him. I have many fond and funny memories of Mr. Ennis, which I will always cherish.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I am so very sorry for your lose, Mr. Ennis was a truly wonderful man. In the many years since I've graduated I've often looked back on Mr. Ennis and appreciated having him as my music director. He truly cared for every one of us in his 'band family'. Many of us were changed by him and encouraged to keep striving to do better. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Mr. Ennis was a great teacher, mentor, and motivator. He was an influence to me as a student, musician, and later in life, as a professional. I always respected his excellence in teaching, his musical ability, his sense of humor, and most importantly his commitment to his students. Many thoughts and prayers to the Ennis family.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My first memory of Mr. Ennis was in 4th grade at West Creek Hills when I decided to play the flute. He was so patient as I'm sure I sounded terrible. In middle school he gave me private lessons and then let me switch to saxaphone in high school when I wanted to be a cool kid in Jazz Band :). I remember him poking me in the stomach during lessons to make sure I was "breathing" correctly while playing, too funny. During school band practice was a welcoming place... a nice break from the classes and homework. I'm sure that was also because Mr. Ennis was there. I am truly sad to hear of his passing.

EP Class of 1987
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Mr. Ennis taught me so much about having confidence in myself. He was like a second dad to many of us, and always referred to us as "his kids." He was a wonderful teacher and fantastic musician. He will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Ennis family.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Mr. Ennis taught me so much about integrity, dedication, commitment, leadership and hard work. Thank you for sharing him with us as his students. He helped inspire me to enter the field of education. He is missed.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Dear Deb,

I am so shocked, please know that my heart goes out to you and the girls and if there is ANYTHING I can do please call me.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I always looked forward to the musicals that he participated in just to hear him play a woodwind instrument. He was a dedicated advocate for teacher's rights and I am so sad to hear of your loss. Alice Long ( West Creek Hills)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I will always remember this man with a smile! We had many good times working on East Pennsboro musicals during my duration as stagemother, costumer and eventually executive director of the shows when he passed that baton on to me. He will be missed and my condelences to the whole family on your loss. RIP.

Karen L. Unger (Heagy)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I am so saddened by this news; he was way too young to leave this world, but he made a world of difference while he was here. My highschool years were filled with losing my own dad. He was diagnosed the day before I left on my first bandtrip to Florida and passed away during bandcamp before my Junior year. At that time, I did not get along with my step-dad and Mr. Ennis honestly stepped into that role for me. lol I drove him nuts, but he was always there, keeping me busy with ridiculous chores like organizing all the band scores and copying out the missing parts, organizing all the instruments in the back room, copying out all the marching scores, endless hours of theory and practice. He even let me write some of the tympani parts for marching band. Then, in the off season, I'd have multiple roles with the musical, seating & tickets & props, pit band. Even when I went a little wild senior year and quit everything, he let me run the ushers for the musical and even work someone else's shift for the fruit sale. I really don't know what I would have done without his guidance. Of course, I never told him, but now you all know...and you know why I teach and coach and mentor.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss, Jack and family. You are in my prayers.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Bill Ennis was will be missed. He was a great teacher and a caring, kind man. Please Deb, Heather and Meghan, know how sorry I am for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Bill was a wonderful teacher and mentor, especially to my son David Beatty who graduated in 1998 having taken every advanced music course that Mr. Ennis offered. I have countless memories of him at the band room, competitions, football games, parades and concerts. He expected excellence and always gave his own excellence to his students. He was a leader in the district, respected by the teachers and the administration and Board, of which I was a member from 2003-2008. Personally, he listened to my concerns when my son became ill and encouraged me in his quiet compassionate way. He will always be remembered with great affection and respect and admiration.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Deb and family -- Teresa and I are so sad at the loss of Bill. When I heard Heather pounding at our door, I could not imagine who it could be or what would ensue. It's a hard thing to accept, but God must have needed Bill in heaven to join the countless musicians making grand music there. Please know that we are only a few steps next door or phone call away. If there is anything we can do to help you now or in the future, our door is always open to you and your family.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
To the Ennis Family,

My deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Bill was a mentor to me early in my professional career. He taught me countless valuable lessons not only about teaching music, but about being a teacher.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Bill was a wonderful person, musician, and educator. He always motivated me to become a greater musician every time I played.

One of my favorite memories:
I tripped and fell at school, bashing my chin open. Bill comes into the nurse's office, and after giving me "that look", says "can you still play flute?". After that he asked me what happened and if I was okay, but I always laugh when I think about that story.

Bill will be deeply missed. I send many prayers and condolences to his wonderful family.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Deb and Family - we are so saddened about the news. It is our prayer that you all find peace and understanding through the love or God during this time of sorrow.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Debbie and girls - I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful teacher, co-worker, and friend, and he loved all three of you very much. You are in my prayers.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
A very talented artist will be greatly missed. Your talents have affected the lives of many . Rest in peace my friend.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Bill was a truly wonderful person, and a great educator to me while at EP. I thank him for the many times he motivated me to become a better musician. One of my favorite stories: I tripped and fell at school, busting my chin open. While in the nurses office, Bill comes in, gives me one of "his looks" and says, "can you still play flute?" He then asked what happened and if I was ok, but I always laugh when thinking about that.

He will be deeply missed. Many prayers and condolences to the Ennis family.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Ennis Family: Truly a "Mr. Holland." Thank you for sharing him with my children. They were better students and musicians because of him. God bless.
Linda Leiser-Springer
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