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William Bill J. Burcroff

1942 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
William Bill J. Burcroff Obituary
BURCROFF ENCM William Bill J. Burcroff, USN (Ret.) --- William Bill Burcroff, 71, passed away on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Clyde Lassen State Veterans Home in St. Augustine, FL after a lengthy bout with Dementia and its associated illnesses. Bill was born in Sodus, NY on November 24, 1942 to Nelson and Mildred Lapp Burcroff (both deceased). He grew up in Montezuma, NY and was a member of the Port Byron, NY class of 1961. Bill had three brothers: Robert Bobby Burcroff of San Diego, CA; Richard Dickey Burcroff (Karen) of Montezuma, NY; and Vincent Vinny Burcroff (Karen) of West Virginia. Bill enlisted in the US Navy in 1960 and had a long and distinguished career which took him around the world numerous times and introduced him to cultures and friends to last a lifetime. On March 14, 1964 he married Marilyn Lytle of Throop, NY (deceased) who was the love of his life. They enjoyed a 42 year marriage before her passing in May, 2006. They are survived by two children, Lisa Burcroff of Morris, IL and William E. Burcroff Sr. of Palatka, FL and one grandson, William E. Burcroff, Jr. also of Palatka, FL. Bill is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws who were a very important part of his life. He was always known for being the life of the party and quick with a joke. He was everyone s favorite Uncle Bill. After retiring from the US Navy as a Master Chief Engineman in 1987, Bill went to work at North Florida Shipyard in Jacksonville, FL for many years, teaching others the vast knowledge he had gained in the Navy before taking on his final career at the US Post Office Bulk Mail Center in Jacksonville, FL where he retired as a supervisor after a 10 year career in 2006. During his years in Jacksonville, Bill was a very active member of the Fort Caroline United Methodist Church where he participated in the Men s group, and sat on the board of directors for the church s chapter of the Boy Scouts. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Squad in Schenevus, NY, a VFW and American Legion member. Bill coached many Little League teams for his children and his grandson and was a very devoted family man despite the requirements and deployments associated with a military life. Cremation arrangements are being handled by Jacksonville Memory Gardens of Orange Park, Florida. Bill s ashes will be laid to rest next to his wife and his parents at Evergreen Cemetery in Wolcott, NY. A memorial service will be held in Montezuma, NY with family and friends at a later date this summer. In lieu of flowers, please send donations or volunteer time in Bill s honor to one of the following: American Leukemia Society, Clyde Lassen State Veterans Home in St. Augustine, FL, or the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Please sign the online guestbook at www.jacksonvillememorygardens.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Apr. 24, 2014
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