WEEMATUK - Dr. William P. "Bill" McCamey, 59, of WeeMaTuk died at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at his home.
Born May 9, 1954, in Canton to Toby and the late William H. McCamey, he married Jody Tompkins on July 14, 1984, in Canton. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Diana (Troy) Eeten and Becky (Dan) Buchen; and his grandchildren. He was the world's #1 Papa, treasuring every moment with Trace, Macy and Emma.
A special appreciation to Troy for providing all the love and hard work given to fulfill Bill's dream of his cabin on the lake.
Bill taught for the National Fire Academy and was a Canton firefighter, a police officer, an investigator, a paramedic and for the past 32 years, a professor emeritus at Western Illinois University (WIU). He graduated from Spoon River College (SRC), was a chemistry major at Bradley University and has a bachelor's and master's degree from WIU in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in Higher Education Administration.
Bill believed in giving back to his community. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and was a Eucharistic minister. He was a trustee of the Cuba Fire Protection District and a state director of the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts. Bill was a former member of the SRC Board of Trustees. He was recently honored to be one of the three who received recognition by having the new Cuba Fire Station dedicated in his name. His work in criminal justice education included Graduate Coordinator at WIU, training police officers in Juvenile Justice throughout Illinois, chairing student theses and hearings, developing college standards, authoring 30 refereed Criminal Justice/Fire Science journals and four textbooks (most recently published in 2013). Bill was honored as Professor of the Year at WIU.
To honor Bill, a visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, with Knights of Columbus Honor Guard in attendance. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, where the Rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Burial of ashes will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary's Food Pantry or St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Bill's body was donated to science for brain cancer research at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
To view Bill's tribute video, or to leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
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