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William T. Behrends

Mahopac, New York

Dec 4, 1926 – Jan 9, 2019 (Age 92)

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William T. Behrends, a longtime resident of Mahopac, NY passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at the age of 92. He was born in Manhattan on December 4, 1926, the son of Frederick and Margaret (Dolan) Behrends. Bill served in the US Marine Corps during WWII. Following the war...

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Dear Joan and Family,

My heart is broken learning of your beloved fathers passing. I will always remember your Dad's presence at St. John's when we were students there. He always was quick with a friendly smile. Then later at MHS your father was my Buisness Math teacher. His classroom overlooked the smoking area and he would shout out the window at me to get to class on time. Later in life it was a pleasure running into him at Mass. I'm thinking of you all and I am certain you...

I was so sorry to learn of Mr. B's passing. What a great man. I will never forget him! Jeff K.

We were truly saddened to learn of Bill's untimely passing. We were unaware of Bill's illness and to read his obituary was unexpected. Bill was not only a fine gentleman but was an outstanding teacher/coach/ athletic director for many years at MHS and leaves an enviable record. Our friendship goes back many years and was one to be treasured. May We extend our prayers and condolencef to Bill's family.

My deepest condolences to the Behrends family. Mr. Behrends was a wonderful teacher, coach and mentor. He really cared about his students. He helped me succeed in athlectics at Mahopac High School. I will always remember his smiling face!

Bill Behrends was a truly exceptional person. One on person is missing, the whole world seems desolate. When I became an Athletic Director at Gorton High School in Yonkers, Bill always saved time at the end of Section One meetings to answer any of my questions and served as a personal mentor. He was a delight to be around both professionally and personally. My sincere condolences to the Behrend's family, he will be long be remembered.

I was a student at mahopac and remember him fondly. So sorry for your loss

When I was a young boy, Mr. Behrends called me "Mike." It was explained to me, by my father Michael Bergin, that the two of them were in the Marine Corp together for basic training during WWII; So these two guys, who grew up in the Bronx, serviced in The Corp and both settled down in Mahopac to raise their families.
It was through this connection that Athletic Director (AD) Bill allowed me to be the PA announcer at varsity football and basketball games. I will always appreciate...

Mr. B was loved and admired by his family and everyone who was fortunate enough to know him. While I have many memories all which will be treasured forever. What I remember most is the way his family and friends adored him. Yes, he was, and always will be the "Man" people didn't just know, they wanted to be!
He will be missed and yet his legacy will continue to inspire, if we follow his example by simply making everyone around you feel special". As for me, every time I...