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William K. "Bill," loving husband, father, and son -- died unexpectedly Sunday of natural causes at home in Howell at 54.
At the time of his death, Bill was director of the Monmouth County Department of Public Information and Communications, a job he held since 2005. Essentially, he was the spokesman/public voice for county government.
Bill had been a member of the Howell South Little League Board of Trustees, obtaining a state grant allowing the league to light the baseball ballfields.
Bill was known for his warmth, wit, smile and laugh.
Bill was a big, big New York Yankees baseball fan and loved music, photography, cooking and entertaining family and friends.
Born in June 23, 1958, Bill was originally from Clifton. He moved in 1975 to Wall, where he graduated from the high school in 1976.
Bill graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in journalism. After graduation, Bill worked in news at the Coast Star. From 1981 to 1997, Bill was a reporter, copy editor and photographer for the Asbury Park Press.
In 1997, Bill began working as a spokesman for the state Public Defender's Office and, later, the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance.
Earlier this year, Bill won a nationwide photography contest, sponsored by the National Association of County Information Officers, for a photo he took of a 9/11 10th anniversary service. He also won various other state and national awards for his county work.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Beth and son, Matt, of Howell; his parents, Robert and Marie, of Brick; sisters Debbie Visconi and husband, Dave, of Jackson; Barbara Mancinelli and her husband, Bob, of Clifton and their sons Kenny, Stephen and Jimmy; a brother, Bob and his wife, Linda, of Wall, and their son, Michael, and daughter, Jordan; his beloved dog, Cassidy; aunts; uncles; and cousins.
Visiting will take place at O'Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Road, Brick, on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, from 1-3 and 5-9 PM, with a funeral service at 8:30 PM. A Memorial Mass will take place at a Roman Catholic Church at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Foodbank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties, 3300 Route 66, Neptune, 07753; Telephone: 732-918-2600; website: www.foodbankmoc.org. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. For further information or to send condolences, please visit
Published in The Record/Herald News on Sept. 11, 2012