For William Richard "Bill" Bush it took over 80 years for his life to come full circle in Utica, NY. He was born there, educated there & diagnosed with pancreatic cancer there, succumbing to it at home July 24, 2014 with coordination of care by the local Hospice. He chose to spend most of his final years in New Smyrna Beach, FL but all summers at his residence in Marcy, NY. Bill was a graduate of Whitesboro High School & later received an Associates degree from MVCC with an RN and then his Bachelors degree from. SUNY, Utica. In between he had a military career of over 22 yrs. as a Senior Chief Hospital Medical Corpsman in the U.S. Navy serving in many places in the world but most recently with the U.S. Marines in Vietnam, receiving among his awards, a Purple Heart. After this retirement, he worked for NY State at Marcy & Utica Psychiatric Centers for over 20 yrs, last serving as a Nurse Administrator. Since then he has been actively involved in volunteer work in NSB, FL. He worked for over 15 years with the Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia Flagler, the Visitor's Center in NSB, FL the Marine Discovery Center, The Hub on Canal St., and the Medical Reserve Corp of the Florida DOH. He was an active member of Florida VFW Post 4250 & American Legion Post 17 and Utica, NY AmVets & Whitestown, NY Veterans Club. He was a member of the NSB Elks Lodge, Port Orange Eagles and the Moose Fraternal organizations. He was active in the Southeast Volusia Genealogical Society, The Maryland Club and was Membership Chair of the Northeast FL Chapter RPEA in St Augustine. He did this daily volunteer work with his longtime partner Nanci Agett whom he leaves behind to continue this work. He is also survived by his son Mike (Barbara McKernan and son Michael), his daughter Marianne (Michael J, Brown) and children Lauren Kupiec (with sons Matthew and Derek) and Adam Soper (Kristin and son Nicholas and November baby). He was pre-deceased by brothers Ralph and Robert and has many nieces and nephews, several of whom were particularly close to him. Donations in his name may be made to your local Hospice, the
. A Celebration of Life in Marcy, NY will be private and Military Honors will be in a National Veterans Cemetery FL at a later date. Share a memory with the family at www.BaldwinCremation.com.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Aug. 3, 2014