Schnurr, William J. II
Irondequoit: William J. Schnurr II, 78, of Irondequoit, lost his battle with cancer on Monday December 24, 2012. He died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family.
William (Bill) was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Helen. He is survived by his children, William (Penny) Schnurr III, Mary (Jerry) Fortman and Steven (Debbie) Schnurr; eight grandchildren, Alexandra, Brianna and Chloe Schnurr; Stephanie and David Fortman; Leah, Bradley and Jonathon Schnurr; two great grandchildren, Lily and Sophia.
Bill was a life resident of the Rochester area where for the past 30 years he owned and operated It's About Time Clock and Watch Repair located across from Seabreeze Amusement Park. Prior to being self employed, Bill worked many years as a millwright/machinist for both the Genesee Brewing Co and John M. Forster Co. of Rochester. He served in the Navy as a young man and while stationed in Norfolk, Virginia met the girl of his dreams, Miss Helen Clark. Of course Clark soon became Schnurr and within the first year of marriage they started their family. For the next 49 years they enjoyed a beautiful life together. Bill was deeply saddened with the passing of Helen in 2003.
Bill had a great appreciation not only for clocks and watches but all types of antique and collectables. For the past 20 years Bill could be found most weekends at the Craft Antique Co-Op in Greece (formerly Hilton) where he assisted in the overall operation of the Co-Op alongside his dear friend Mr. Homer Marple. Anyone who may have visited the Co-Op during the annual Dickens Festival might remember Bill in costume as Father Christmas. This was the most fitting role for Bill as he loved to make children smile. Bill was blessed with many close friendships throughout the years too numerous to mention.
The family will receive friends Friday from 4 - 7 PM at Michael R. Yackiw Funeral Home, 1650 Empire Blvd., Webster. Service will be held at the Funeral Home Saturday at 10:00 AM. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution in memory of Bill to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Brighton Commons, 1855 Monroe Avenue, Suite 4, Rochester, New York 14618.