William (Bill) Jonathan Trumbull
February 18th, 1958 - November 26th, 2020
"The true measurement of character is not in words, but in the impact in life one has had once one has left."
On NYE, 1999, Bill and Pam began their journey together that spanned over 20 years. When they married, Bill wrote in his vows an old Irish proverb… "The road in life is long but takes no turns but here today we take a new turn on our road in life together."
But never could we have imagined back then that the brilliant light he cast, sharing love, compassion, laughter, wit, and his passion of life would end so abruptly.
Pam, Bills wife of 18 years, remembers him best as "the love of my life and means everything to me. We had a long life planned together. And I will very much miss the journey we had planned together. Bill, you were my everything."
Over the years, Bill engraved a legacy of caring, community, friends, and family which has forever forged a bond that will long survive his time among us. The very character that defined Bill's formidable presence and true heart is best seen in the reflection of his adoration and love of his children, Ginger, Nate, and Ashley.
When Bill hugged you, you knew you were being embraced by a genuine giant soul. His sometimes bombastic, but always enduring charm filled the room with humor and a brilliant intellect. Opinionated, absolutely! Right, not always. But unrelenting in his pursuit of betterment of others and cherishing life, there can be no doubt. If you needed something, he would be right there without hesitation. He treasured everyone and his little ones. Whether it was best friend and colleague Bryant Fowler, his lifelong friend Lois Petty Ford, or his most treasure and beloved toy poodle, Bella Sue and his tenacious Tabby Cat, Shelbycat.
Bill had an impact on life that was unique to him. One might say it even started by how he came into this world of ours that we now share in memory of him.
It all started in the dark of night during a huge snowstorm in Brooklyn, New York. That night, February 18th, 1958, Bill just could not wait. He was born in the backseat of a taxicab on the way to the hospital with his late father and mother, Robert and Catherine welcoming him to life.
Bill was raised in a big family that traversed both west and east coast, from New York to Oregon. As one of five brothers, he was surrounded by cousins', nieces, and a loving family. Including the Walsh's, of his father's side; Rosemary, Patrick, Kathleen, Molly and Tommy.
If you knew Bill, you knew of his youth-long career in the Boy Scouts, rising to the level of Life Scout, his musical prowess on the trumpet, and of course, love of golf.
His higher-intellectual pursuits earned him multiple degrees, an Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Engineering degree from Central Ohio Technical College, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene College. He would serve a distinguished tour in the US Army, before returning to Newark, Ohio to set into motion all that we know is Bill today. With his trusted business partner Bryant by his side, he grew his passion as the business owner of Computer Warehouse for over 24 years.
For many years, one of Bill's great pleasures was his involvement in the Elks. His tireless efforts to serve his community did then lead him to the highest position of Grand Exalted Leader at the Delaware Elks Lodge. It would be unforgivable not to mention his love of the Oregon Ducks, Dallas Cowboys and yes, Golf.
He touched so many lives, and is survived by loved ones near and far:
Wife, Pamela (Cook) Trumbull, daughters Ginger Rife, Ashley Briggs-Trumbull and son Nathan Trumbull.
Brothers David, wife Denise, Walter, Partner David, Robert Marco Boe and dog Jack, and Grandchildren; David, Daniel, Brittany, Camila, Ginger's partner Tom, Nathan's wife Ada, Ashley's husband Kyle Miller, Ashley's Children: Hayden, RaeLynn, Tryniti, Kaileb
Extended family: Braxton, Miah, Boston, Dane, Lainey, Walker, Chris, Dennis
"If there is any advice I could give you, it would be that you live your best life now because you only get one chance to do it. You only get one go around." - William Trumbull
In light of the health crisis, the family held a private service. Plans for tribute celebration for all his friends and colleagues will be made once such a gathering is possible.
Published in Advocate from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2020.