William P. Meier GREENPORT N.Y.- William P. Meier, 87, of Greenport and formerly of Staatsburg, and Hernando, Florida, died at his home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday April 16, 2013. Born on June 15, 1925 in Peekskill, Bill was the son of Adolph W. Meier Sr. and Margaret M. (Bissert) Meier. Bill was a member of the Church of St. Joseph at Stuyvesant, New York. Bill graduated high school in Peekskill. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served as a radio operator in the Pacific during World War II. Bill was discharged with honors in 1947. He graduated from SUNY Cobleskill in 1948 with a degree in animal husbandry. Bill Married Leona Van Vorst, of Schenectady, on June 5th, 1948. They were married for 55 years when she died in 2004. Bill worked as a machinist for General Electric in Schenectady and then worked for IBM Poughkeepsie and Kingston as a Production Supervisor for 25 years up until his retirement in 1987. He is survived by his brother Stephen of Peekskill; sisters Elizabeth Franklin of Rhinebeck, Katherine LeFerve of Red Hook, and Madeline Meier of Peekskill. He was predeceased by his brothers Adolf Meier Jr. and Charles. He is survived by his son Thomas P. and his wife Debbie Meier of Staatsburg; three daughters, Donna M. Meier of Hudson, Linda M. and her husband Michael Fritz of Red Hook and Cynthia A. and her husband Douglas Salamone of Medfield, Mass.; four grandchildren, Derek W. Fritz of Avon Conn., Caetlyn L. Fritz of Red Hook, Kimberly Meier of Cranford N.J., and Kristopher Meier and his wife Melissa of Buffalo; and a great grandchild, Aiden James Meier born in November of 2012 of Buffalo. Bill was a wonderful Father and provider. His grandchildren will always remember the walks he took with them when they were young. He will also be remembered with his beloved dog Frosty. Bill was formerly a member of the VFW in Red Hook and enjoyed running bingo for them for several years. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, gardening and traveling. He was an excellent carpenter. A memorial service will be offered as a date to be determined. Memorial contributions are requested to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty St. Catskill NY 12414. Arrangements are under the direction of Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home 700 Town Hall Drive Hudson, NY 12534.
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Published in the Daily Freeman on Apr. 18, 2013