William W. "Bill" Pincumbe

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Pincumbe, William W. "Bill"
Dec. 30, 1934 - Jun. 17, 2013
"Bill" Pincumbe, 78, of Venice, FL (formerly of Michigan) is survived by his loving family: wife Lana; children Walt, Ken (Pam), Catherine (Weldon), Bill (Lynn), Kent (Trish) & Kelly (Bernie); grandchildren Mark, Wendi, Casey, Jessica, Lisa, Rodney, Janna, Michelle, Allegra, Marissa, Meghan & Molly; great grandson Jacob; brothers Bob (Bev) & John (Linda); niece Jane; nephews Chuck, Greg & Dennis. In 1972, Bill became a member of the Flint Banjo Club and started playing professionally as "The Untouchables". He joined the Shriners in 1980 and formed an entertainment unit called "The Banjo-tainers" which raised thousands of dollars to support the Shriners Children's Hospitals. He was the musical director of the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Flint. In 1987, he hosted the FIGA Convention; retired from the Flint Police Dept.; and moved to FL. He then teamed up with Sandy Riner and "Big Sut" as "The Entertainers". He joined the Sahib Banjo Band and became the director for many years and did the same with the Bay Indies Band. A Florida version of the "The Untouchables" formed with Lorraine Rohrer and Carl Fillmore. In 2010, Bill was inducted into the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame in the category of Promotion. It was in recognition of decades of quality presentations of the banjo which raised over $500,000 for worthwhile charities. He was a witty emcee, a great singer, director and performer. Bill's wishes were to have no memorial, rather one last standing ovation. He will be missed by so many. The family asks that in memoriam, donations be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital or the American Banjo Museum (9 East Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104).


Published in Herald Tribune from June 23 to June 27, 2013
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