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ROOP, William George Bill Roop, age 90, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away peacefully on April 12, 2013 due to cancer complications. While getting progressively weaker during the last 4 months, he kept up his sense of humor. To quote Bill when asked how things are going, he responded, "Well, the first 90 years were great, but since then it's been a real pain". Bill was born in Illinois where he spent the first 42 years of his life. He met his wife of 64 years, Janet Lea Burke, while they were both working at a bank in Chicago. Jan passed away in 2007. While Bill was overseas serving our country during World War II, their daughter, Peggy Jean, was born. Peggy passed away in 1994. Bill was proud to be in the Army during those years. After his discharge, Jan and Bill were blessed with 4 sons: John David, William George, II, Richard Allen and Glenn Edward. In 1957, Bill and Jan joined Alcoholics Anonymous. He stayed active with this wonderful organization until his death. The people he met and worked with changed his and his family's life. The family moved to Georgia in 1965 when Bill took a position with McGraw Hill Publishing Company. He continued to work until his retirement at age 70. Bill is survived by 4 children and their wives (John and Judy, Bill and Sue, Richard and Joice, Glenn), 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. But just as important is the fact that Bill was surrounded by so many great friends. The proudest things in Bill's life were keeping his family together during all difficult times, his love for Jesus and the strong support he found in AA. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Norcross First United Methodist Church, 2500 Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross, GA with Rev. Gary Dean officiating. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wagesandsons.com

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April 9, 2020
Bill Roop, my father. I think of you most every day. You are more important to me than ever as I apply what I've learned from you. Most of it by example. You taught me that it is not the difficulties in the journey of life but how you end up. At a fine age of 90 you were a living example to me and others how that is so true.
John Roop
April 10, 2014
Thank you Grandpa for giving me an example and inspiration of how to love God, love people, and how to feed sheep. I am thinking of you today and am challenged to "put on the armor", "get out of judgement", and "get into love". Love and miss you!
Phillip Roop
April 10, 2014
Feeling blessed to have had you in my life for 44 years.

Missing you Gramps. Love you.
Patti Makare
April 9, 2014
Thank you grandpa for blessing me with your love that you showered down upon me. You are the best grandpa anyone could ever have. Thank you for teaching me to be a better grandson and to love everyone always....
Tom Roop
April 9, 2014
Dad passed away on April 12, 2013. He had the "will to live" as he wanted to "Go to God". God blessed me when he brought us together. I think of you daily, Dad. All of us are so proud of you, Dad, and miss you so much. I thank God for allowing you to stay with us as long as you did. 90 Years!
John Roop
July 23, 2013
I think of my Dad daily, missing our times together which I took for granted. Thanks to everyone for their loving thoughts about my Dad.
John Roop
July 22, 2013
I am grateful to have known Bill and Jan for almost 4 decades!!!! each day I try to emulate Bill in the way he lived his life- with Faith, Humor, and Love. Thank you, my friend for sharing yourself with us for so many years. You are Love and you are Loved.
ila Runningdeer
July 22, 2013
cornbread.....thanks to him i have been wth bill w.for 7yrs now.good man will be miss..thanks...
July 17, 2013
I have known Bill over 30 years. My dear friend Bo introduced me to him. He was a good and wise friend to me. I will miss him and his good humor.
Al Cinar
May 1, 2013

Thank you for teaching me that I can relax because God in charge. Rest in peace, warmth and love, my friend.
Tom R
April 23, 2013
My grandfather was a man of poise and grace. He taught me that the important things in life are not tangible, but are acquired through finding God, not being a victim, and reaching out to those who need you more than you need yourself. He put together the best Christmas stockings filled with some of the most random things, that you couldn't help but smile. He'd lick our ears and had a treasure chest filled with candy. My last conversation with my grandfather was short, but like others in the past, meaningful. The Lord has my grandfather now and I'm sure he's having to accommodate for the high energy, joke telling man that now lives in His home. It's people like my grandfather that make this world a better place and though he is physically gone, I know he rests spiritually within each one of our hearts. I love you Gramps, you're my favorite.
Rachel Roop
April 22, 2013
I knew Bill for over 30 years, and he was a friend from the beginning. He had the marvelous quality of making others feel special. He was my sponsor's first friend in recovery. We needed more like him. He will be missed.
chet goins
April 21, 2013
Bill taught me how to love everyone, including people whose behavior I don't particular like, by saying and doing "I wish you well". I love Bill for his wisdom, humor, humanity, and for making a spiritual way of life so attractive! Thank you Roop family, John, and Gary for sharing your experiences with Bill so generously and transparently at the service yesterday. I felt his love with us...
Paul Olander
April 21, 2013
We will miss him so much! Our love and prayers go out to the family.
John and Barbara Walsh
April 20, 2013
Goodbye Gramps. I am so happy to be your granddaughter. You're my favorite ya know!
Jennifer Burdette
April 20, 2013
That, Roop Family, was the sweetest memorial service I have ever had the privledge of attending. Bill is at rest and I'm certain he's carrying the message in heaven. My prayers will continue to be for you as you remember him always.
Suzanne Segarra
April 20, 2013
thanks Bill for taking the time to talk to a newcomer after a meeting, like so many others I'm sure, but I'm grateful cause it was me that night. I'm still putting on that spiritual armour we talked about and plugging in those power tools. I'm sad to see you go, but glad your ahead of me still.
April 20, 2013
I attended many retreats at Ignatius House and adored Bill, with all his love and goofy sense of humor ("Head joke," anyone?) He was something of a father figure to me and will be greatly missed by all.
Lyn Thaxton
April 20, 2013
I remember Bill saying "when I start thinking like a lawyer...I am a lawyer" and I will never forget hearing him say "I'm just Bill". In his living and in his dying Bill brought laughter, love, and LIFE. Grace and Peace Jim H.
April 20, 2013
Heaven is brighter now that you've arrived, Bill. I will always cherish seeing you at conferences, enjoying your quick wit and smile. You were a joy and we will miss you so.
Lindsey B
April 20, 2013
Lord, thank you for making Bill Roop an instrument of thy peace. Where there was darkness, Bill shed Light. Where there was sadness, Bill showed us how to Love. In dying, Bill's Light and Love, so close in our hearts, shall be born to eternal Life. Amen.
Tim Ridgway
April 19, 2013
Mr. Bill was a very kind and loving man. He has earned his rewards.I Always enjoyed enjoyed serving him and his group at Ignatious House.
Sandra Brumelow
April 19, 2013
Bill was one of a kind. He made everyone he talked to feel special. His twinkling eyes, quick wit, charm and giving personality will be truly missed. I feel so blessed to have known him. His smile will live on in the rooms.
Stephanie Bercik
April 18, 2013

Dick S. for Bill R..

When God grants a blessing and life is improved
We expect that the blessing will stay.
It's a shock to the blessed when the blessing's removed.
My world is less gentle today.

At NABBA, Gwinnett Room and jail meetings too
Age and nature were having their way.
But I thought that our program would always have you.
My world is less gentle today.

Your eyes held a warmth ‘neath a snow-covered roof
That white hair you'd always retained
Those eyes flashed a smile of the soul shining through.
Please, make my world gentle again.

I'm left here to trudge the road you once trod
Aspiring to be more like you.
Since you no longer need it perhaps you'll ask God
To grant me some gentleness too.

Drunks like me can be raucous, and loud, and profane
You don't fit my pattern that way.
Though I made you my sponsor – soft-spoken and tame;
You were much too gentle to stay.

My first thought was surely that God was mistaken,
But these words speak of you and say
He's left us with much more of you than He's taken.
You've made my world gentle today.
April 17, 2013
What a great picture of Bill's great smile! I was very lucky to have been one of the hundreds of people to come to know his spriit and sweet soul. Thank you for enriching my journey, Bill. You will be missed, but I am glad you are reunited with your wife. friend.
Cary Krix
April 17, 2013
When I go to mass sunday I will light a candle for you,Bill God needed you in heaven. When you see Jan and Edward say hello for me.
gloria buckles
April 16, 2013
"I love you more, Grandpa." Say hello to Grandma and Mom. I miss you all so much. There is peace in knowing you joined Grandma in time for your anniversary! Happy 70th.
Patti Makare
April 16, 2013
Bill was a source of peace & serenity in my life after the passing of my husband. We had known him & Jan for 25 plus years. He told me that "my husband was waiting for me in the next room". I loved the prayers he gave me, they gave me strength to go on one day at a time. God Bless your soul, Bill. You were a sweet, kind & loving man. You will be missed by so many people. Thanks for the jokes & your smile. Love, Priscilla
Priscilla Kluczykowski
April 15, 2013
Mr. Roop was such a presence in my parents lives. I feel lucky to have grown up knowing him. Will miss that loud laughter.
Nancy Meehan, Indiana
April 15, 2013
Your spirit will always be with us.
Joe Gardner
April 15, 2013
My Grandfather was simple the best there is. I lived just outside of Chicago so I didnt get to see him on a regular basis, but when we would come to visit or vise versa, I cherished every moment with him. He was as genuine as they come and full of love. I'm going to miss his quick wit and funny jokes as well as his ear licks. (some of you may or may not know what that is, but it is just my Grandfather at his best) I love you Grandpa.
Joe Gardner
April 15, 2013
I'll miss you Bill.

Your Pigeon, Sam
Sam Orlando
April 15, 2013
When I think of the qualities that made Bill special - dedication, loyalty, presence, good cheer - it causes me to examine my own behavior. Bill accomplished in his life what I consider success: being a graceful good example for many years in many ways to many people. Bill set the bar quite high. I miss him already.

April 15, 2013
i knew Papa Roop for 10 years . He always had a lot of wisdom and love to share with everyone. He helped so many people over the years and a literal legacy. I am thankful and blessed to have been a friend.
Sandra Riddell
April 15, 2013
I met Bill 29 years ago. He made me feel like an old friend from the very start. We spent time together every week for about 20 years and then occasionally after he moved away. My life is greatly enriched by him and I will always miss him
Russell Dale
April 14, 2013
Bill just lighted the room everywhere he was! Cub and I will miss his smiling face and his wit on Sunday morning! I know that the floor is moving in heaven as your parents are dancing again!

Our prayers are with you all as you grieve the loss of his presence here and rejoice at his presence in heaven!
Mary and Cub Ness
April 14, 2013
Bill Roop always entered the library like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day; what a great inspiration he was to so many. I'll miss that smile :)

Karen Burton
April 14, 2013
Dear Roop (and family); Thank you for all you did for my family. I miss you already! Love, Adams
Sue Adams
April 14, 2013
With deepest sympathy to the Roop family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
April 14, 2013
I was blessed with my Dad, Bill Roop. My memories from childhood until his final days are wonderful. We traveled together, went to ball games and movies, played cards regularly: how I will miss all of that. Dad loved life, enjoying every day. It makes me feel so good knowing my family loved him, too.
Rest in peace, Dad, as you join Mom, my sister Peg and your other loved ones in heaven!
John Roop
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