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BERTIE, WILLIAM JAMES William "Bill" Bertie of Ocean Hills Country Club Oceanside, passed away on Friday, September 28, 2012, at age 85, of natural causes related to aging. He was born on July 2, 1927, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. William Bertie. He grew up on the Santa Monica beaches, where he enjoyed the popular Pacific Ocean Park, and he often shared stories of his happy childhood there. His many cousins would often vacation at his home, where Bill was discovered to be a child prodigy. From an early age, he showed the talent and dedication of a gifted pianist. In the 1940s he served our country in the U.S. Navy and was always proud to be a veteran. In the early 1970s he served with the reserves on the battleship USS Ranger. After his Navy days, Bill played the piano on tour for many years. Music was his life and he traveled with the big bands, even playing for President Harry S. Truman in Kansas City, MO. At the age of 27 he teamed up his own adventurous soul with that of his best friend, John, and took an ocean liner to France. They toured Europe for three months. After arriving back in the states Bill partnered up again, this time, with his much-beloved mother, and purchased their first apartment building in Santa Monica. In 1967 he met Ginger, the love of his life, and they were married that same year. In July of 2012, they celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. They could count on one hand the number of nights they were ever apart in the entire time of their loving marriage! When they moved to Oceanside they finally found the time to make the beautiful music they were destined for. Bill worked his magic on the keyboard and helped Ginger to discover the magic in her marvelous voice. They've entertained, at the highest professional level, throughout San Diego over the past 20 years, at such locations as the Lawrence Welk Resort, The Fairwinds, Seacrest, the Remington Club, and La Costa Glen. Many retire when they reach their 60s but the Berties chose to keep going, doing something they passionately loved and bringing so much pleasure and enjoyment to so many. Bill is survived by Ginger, his loving wife, as well as many friends and family members. We will miss this wonderful man. His kindness and quick, bright smile...his happy outgoing manner will be remembered so fondly and held in our hearts. And we'll never forget how he could make those "ivories" dance on the keyboard! We can imagine that heaven is celebrating his arrival. Services will be private with family, and interment will be In Santa Monica. A memorial remembrance service will be held at a later date.

Published in U-T San Diego on Oct. 25, 2012
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