William R. "Bill" McKernan (1971 - 2011)

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McKernan, William R.

(Bill)

Penfield: William (Bill) R. McKernan, born September 22, 1971, of Penfield, NY, formerly of Hilton, NY, passed away in a tragic accident on October 6, 2011 near Scranton, PA. Bill was traveling to New York City with his dear twin sister Lynn McKernan when the accident occurred.

Bill was a 1989 graduate of Hilton High School. He graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1993. Bill was employed by Paychex, Inc. since 1997 in the Information Technology Division; he will be missed by many, many co-workers.

Over the years Bill found great enjoyment in many activities such as jet-skiing, riding his motorcycles, scuba diving, skydiving and skiing. Bill loved the rush that activities gave him.

But above all else Bill will be remembered for his genuine love of life, his compassion for others, his sense of humor and his unwavering strength in the face of adversity. Bill battled MS daily and never complained. Those who knew him best loved and admired Bill.

Bill is survived by his wife Melissa and his step-daughter Paige; his mother Susan (Albert) Hall, his father Charles (Jane) McKernan; his sisters Elizabeth (Dustin) Graupman, Megan (John) Helferty; his Aunt Jane (Art) Prohaska; Uncles Quinn Lewis, Doug (Lisa) Lewis, Mike (Kay) McKernan, Bob McKernan, Dan (Pat) McKernan; his nieces Lauren and Ella Graupman, nephew William Graupman; step-brothers and sisters and many cousins.

Family will receive friends at Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, 735 East Avenue, Hilton, New York from 2-4PM and 7-9PM on Monday, October 10th. A Memorial Service to celebrate Bill's life will be held on Tuesday, October 11th at 11:00AM at the Hilton United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation at 6520 North Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309, www.msfocus.org

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Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Oct. 9, 2011
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