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William David Whitman

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SYLVANIA, Ohio -- William David Whitman passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003. He was 70 years young.

William, known to many as “Uncle Bill,” was born in Bennington, Vt. on Feb. 1, 1933 to Frank and Agnes Toomey Whitman. After serving in the U.S. Army, Bill moved to Sylvania where he married Magee Galligan. He is survived by Magee, his son Michael, daughter-in-law Ina and his grandchildren Rachel and Michael of Indianapolis, Ind. He is also survived by his brother Roy of Fairhaven, Vt., Martha and brother-in-law Andrew Marocchinni of Rockyhill, Conn.; many nieces and nephews and loving friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Leon and his sister Peggy.

Bill was involved in many community service responsibilities in Sylvania highlighted by his 25 years of distinguished service as a volunteer firefighter. He was an active parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a charter member of the Immaculate Conception Council of the Knights of Columbus and the Joseph W. Diehn American Legion Post 468.

He was awarded the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen Award in 1982 and the special citation of dedicated service award of the International Association of Firefighters Local 2243. After retiring from GTE Telephone Co. in 1994, Bill worked part-time at Pace Setter park mowing soccer fields. Bill enjoyed making his “rounds” of Sylvania in his 1988 black pickup truck, swimming at Northview High School and watching his grandchildren play soccer.

Friends are invited to visit “Uncle Bill” at Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 N. Main St., Sylvania, on Monday, Dec. 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Scripture services will be on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Immediately following, the Sylvania Township firefighters will conduct their service. Final prayer services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday with the funeral mass to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sylvania. All are welcome. Those wishing to give memorials are asked to donate to the Sylvania Area Family Services or Hospice ofo Northwest Ohio, 300000 E. River Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551 or Sylvania Area Family Services/Huntington Center.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 15, 2003
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