Passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 12, 2014, at the age of 77 and is now at peace in the arms of the Lord. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Suzanne "Sue" Ayres; son Michael Ayres (Rosemary "Rosie", deceased) of South Lake Tahoe, CA; son, John Ayres and his wife Julie of Vacaville, CA; daughter, Kimberly "Kim" Ayres of Santa Rosa, CA; sister, Susan Taylor of Florence, CO; and grandchildren, Shannon Ayres, Lauren Ayres, Daniel Ayres, Dante Dedrick and Elisea Dedrick. Bill was born on June 3, 1937, in Binghamton, N.Y. to the late William and Helen Ayres. In 1956 he graduated from St. Joseph H.S. where he met his wife. He and Sue married in 1962 and made their first home in Chicago, Illinois where Bill was employed by the Santa Fe Railway. After their sons were born the railway transferred them to Los Angeles, CA and then San Francisco, CA., where daughter Kim was born. In 1968 Bill changed professions and became a Traffic Manager for Mendelson-Zeller Produce Dist.; he continued working in the produce business until his death. His love for Notre Dame football started at a very young age and during his 77 years never missed a game. The tradition lives on with his sons. Friends and family are invited to attend a funeral mass at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. with a reception following in the Church Hall. Private inurnment Calvary Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Vincent De Paul Society, C/O Holy Spirit Church, 1244 St. Francis Road, Santa Rosa, CA. Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral and Cremation Services 525-3730
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from June 17 to June 20, 2014