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William (Bill) Foster

1929 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
William (Bill) Foster Obituary
William Edwin ("Bill") Foster, born on August 19, 1929 in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, died peacefully surrounded by family in Chicago, Illinois, on January 7, 2016. Coach Foster is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years Shirley Foster (Junkin), daughters Debbie, Julie, Mary and son-in-law Darcy Raab. He is also survived by brother-in-law Edwin Junkin (Joanna), nephews Steven Junkin and David Junkin, grandchildren Stanton Smith, Dylan Smith, Kacey Raab and Ashley Raab and great-grandchild Adabelle Smith. "Coach" Foster was preceded in death by daughter Vicki, father Howard McLaren Foster, and mother Viola Jane Beaston Foster. Coach Foster was a head men's basketball coach for over 40 years, including six Division I schools; was the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) President in 1976, has been on the Board of Trustees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts for three decades, and has been inducted into numerous Hall of Fames. Coach Foster most recently lived in Galveston, Texas. A private family service is planned with a memorial service to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the or the .
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 8, 2016
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