William Thomas "Bill" Nightingale Jr.

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William "Bill" Thomas Nightingale, Jr. 83, of Tucson, AZ, passed away peacefully on November 24, 2012, surrounded by family. He was preceded in death by his parents, William T. Nightingale and Iola S. Stacher and his wife, Anne Benedict Nightingale. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Benjamin Nightingale of Tucson and six sons, William (Tom) Nightingale III of Alta Loma, CA, David Smith of Denver, Guion Nightingale of Owasso, OK, Courtney Smith of San Jose, CA, Frank Nightingale of Phoenix and Greg Smith of Auburn, CA; along with 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Bill was born March 1, 1929, in Hollywood, CA. He was reared in Rock Springs, WY, and attended high school at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. He then graduated from Yale University. He proudly served In the United States Navy on the USS Blackwood during the Korean conflict, earning the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In 1952, Bill married Anne Benedict in Darien, CT. The two moved to Lander, WY, where they reared their three sons. He was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church and served on the Vestry for many years, was also a Lay Reader, and also helped lead the capital campaign to construct the new Trinity Episcopal Church in Lander. He loved community service, supporting the local Chamber of Commerce, State of Wyoming Library Commission, One Shot Antelope Hunt, Gottsche Foundation, Wyoming State Training School, Future Farmers of America and the Rotary Club to name a few. He was also active with the American Legion and served as Post Commander. One of his favorite Legion adventures was getting up early on Memorial Day to place flags up and down Main Street. In addition to his community involvement, Bill was a successful entrepreneur whose businesses included Lander Valley Insurance, Central Trust Company and the Central Bank and Trust. In 1979 he lost his beloved wife and mother, Anne. Bill had multiple hobbies including golf, boating and snowmobiling. He loved radio control airplanes and would take us boys to the old Shoshoni airport to watch him fly them. The trip always included a Saturday lunch at the Yellowstone Drug store in Shoshoni. We loved the malts, but the memories are even better. Bill met the second love of his life, Linda Benjamin, in Saratoga, CA. In 1982 they married in Jackson Hole, WY, and we welcomed Linda and her three sons into the family. Bill and Linda lived in Jackson Hole for several years before making Tucson, AZ, their home. They loved to travel, share life with their good friends, and take many walks in one of their most favorite places on earth, "sound of music meadow" near Jackson Hole. They were truly best friends in life. Music always played an important role in Bill's life. He mastered the violin at an early age and played at church gatherings and family events. He played with the Utah and Denver Symphonies and in the late 60's was instrumental in bringing classical music to Lander by inviting both Symphonies to play for the community. He also co-hosted a Sunday afternoon radio program called "Music of the Masters." While living in Jackson Hole, PA, Bill and Linda were very involved with the Teton Music Festival. One project brought the New York Philharmonic to Jackson Hole. Over the years, he built an enormous collection of sheet music; some say the largest they have ever seen. That collection is proudly in use by the University of Arizona music department. Dad was a remarkable man, always reaching out to help those less fortunate. He loved life, his country and most of all, he loved his family. For his sons, he provided a great example in our lives and a truly special man. We're all proud to call him Pa. As per Bill's wishes there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, he would like to be remembered through donations to Peppi's House, TMC Hospice, in Tucson at the following address: 5301 East Grant Road, Tucson, AZ, 85712. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL.

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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Nov. 29, 2012
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