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January 11, 2014
William "Bill" Pilconis, 64, of Pottsville, passed away suddenly and tragically Saturday.
Born May 3, 1949, he was a son of the late Joseph and Helen Pilconis Meluskey.
Bill grew up in Mahanoy City and attended Mahanoy Area and Panther Valley high schools and was an exceptional football player under the guidance of his father, Coach Joe Pilconis. He also excelled at basketball and track, an undefeated state champion in the 120-yard high hurdles during his senior year. He continued his football career and education at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1971.
He was the husband of Joanne Flannery Pilconis and father of Ryan, Steven and Lauren.
He was a passionate father and husband and made spending time with his family his top priority. He utilized his athletic experience to tutor his sons from youth sports all the way to collegiate football at Harvard University, becoming a coach and mentor to many, both on and off the field.
He spent his professional career in the insurance industry.
Surviving, in addition to his wife and three children, are brother, John Pilconis, husband of Juliet; mother-in-law, Helen Flannery; stepmother, Erma Haas; sister-in-law, Maureen Tracy; a niece and two nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville, with visitation an hour prior to the service. Due to his lifelong love of animals, donations in his name may be sent to Hillside SPCA Inc., P.O. Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901. Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Mahanoy City, is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.truskowskyfuneralhome.com to sign the guest book, send sympathy cards and view a video tribute.
Published in Republican & Herald from Jan. 14 to Jan. 16, 2014