WILLIAM A. SHANER JR., 91 William A. Shaner Jr., a man of many hats: Bill, Woody, Pop-Pop, Poppy, and Dad, died Sunday, January 13, 2013 at the age of 91. He was the husband of the late Anne K. (Ruyak) Shaner. Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late William A. and A. Helen (Burden) Shaner. After graduating from Pottstown High School, Bill joined the Army
. He received a Purple Heart
for service during World War II. Bill then pursued his passion by earning a degree from The New York Institute of Photography. For many years he owned the Tiny Tot Studio and later Shaner's Studio where he photographed hundreds of children, weddings, and swim teams. He and Anne especially enjoyed going to the Pocono Mountains to photograph Boy Scout troops at summer camp. When he retired from the photography business, Bill and Anne opened Shaner's Antiques and Collectibles. They enjoyed participating in antique shows in the area and the Jersey Shore. They could be found regularly at Shupp's Grove, Black Angus, and Renninger's Antique Market. Bill could talk for hours about his treasures with anyone. Bill closed the shop in 2005 and moved to Royersford to become the "Chief Irrigation Officer" at Renninger's Farm. Each day he could be found watering the plants, tending his black raspberry bushes, and feeding the animals, especially "Big Red" (aka Red Cloud). Bill kept his foot in the antiques world by continuing to display his treasures at Shupp's Grove on the weekends. Bill also loved to cook and bake. Each of his loved ones was treated with a homemade chocolate cake with caramel icing for his/her birthday. While his grandson was deployed in Iraq, Bill sent several of his special cakes to him. Bill developed quite a knack for packaging his cakes to ensure they arrived in perfect condition and full of flavor. The troops were amazed and loved every mouthful. Bill's pierogies and blueberry pancakes were other specialties that brought hungry eaters to his kitchen where he delighted in cooking for them. Trout season was an extra special time for Bill. He could often be found with his sons fishing the Perkiomen Creek, French Creek or Shohola Falls. Ocean City, NJ, was the vacation destination of choice for Bill. He loved taking his extended family to the shore to fish, play shuffleboard and horse shoes, eat frozen custard and ride the Merry-Go-Round. He was an expert "drizzle" sandcastle builder and was happiest surrounded by his family on the beach. Bill is survived by his children, daughters, Carol, wife of Jay Renninger, Royersford, and Norma, wife of Craig Bennetch, Pottstown, and sons, Bill, husband of Sherrie, Tallahassee, FL; David, husband of Sheri, Collegeville, and Jeff of Martha's Vineyard, MA. He also has nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mourning with the family is Bill's special friend, Pamela Noble. Bill will be greatly missed by his entire family. He was loved a bushel and a peck, a hug around the neck, a tickle and a squeeze; he made our hearts go wee, wee, wee all the way home. A private family memorial service and interment of ashes will be held. Arrangements are by Cattermole-Klotzbach Funeral Home, Royersford. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly, 642 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19130, 215-765-8118 or The Coatesville VA Medical Center, Contact Earl Johnson, 610-384-7711 x4272/800-290-6172 x4272.