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William Richard Bill" Bush

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William Richard
Bill" Bush
UTICA, NY
For William Richard Bill" Bush it took over 80 years for his life to come full circle in Utica, NY. He was born here, educated here & diagnosed with pancreatic cancer here, 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 and 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 years as a Senior Chief Hospital Medical Corpsman in the U.S. Navy, serving in many places in the world, but most recently with the US Marines in Vietnam, receiving among his awards, a Purple Heart. After this retirement, he worked for NY State at Marcy and Utica Psychiatric Centers for over 20 years, 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 Corps of the Florida DOH. He was an active member of Florida VFW Post 4250 and American Legion Post 17 and Utica, NY, AmVets and 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 predeceased 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 or a . 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
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Aug. 3, 2014
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