DAVERN - William J., Sr. Age 93, of Syracuse, passed away on July 9, 2012. A native of Syracuse, Bill resided in Tonawanda, NY for much of his life, up until 2004. Bill served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. He retired from Pitney Bowes in 1989, but did not retire from service to his community. Bill was predeceased by his beloved wife, Virginia C. Davern, in 2006. He is survived by sons, Michael (Theresa) Davern and William Davern, Jr., all of Syracuse; daughter Linda Davern of Albany; grandchildren, Amelia Davern of Buffalo, Christopher Davern of Albany and Sean and Angelina Konovitz-Davern of Amherst; as well as nieces and nephews. His son James passed away in 2003. Known as The Jokester to many, Bill believed strongly in volunteer service. He delivered Meals on Wheels and was a member of the Tonawanda Police Mobile Eye Patrol. An active member of St. Amelia Parish, he worked for their Outreach Program. He was involved in fundraising activities for a variety of charities and was president of an organization to support individuals with disabilities in attending camps and other recreational activities. He was an active member of the American Legion, the Elks and St. Amelia's Holy Name Society. Bill was a proud Marine and active in the Conrad Kania Detachment. Services 9 AM, Saturday, August 18, 2012, at Our Lady of Peace Church in Syracuse, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. The Rite of Committal and Burial with military honors will follow in Onondaga County Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill's memory may be made to the Buckley Landing Recreational Fund, 7430 Buckley Road, North Syracuse, NY 13212.
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Published in the Buffalo News on Aug. 5, 2012