William Jonathan (Bill) Trumbull
1958 - 2020
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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.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Advocate from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2020.
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February 19, 2021
We met in 1974 when the youth choir at my church performed at his church. We met and the friendship began. I always called him BJ and he called me Sunshine (just kids). We were pen pals.

When he went to college at EKU, he came down to see me two or three times.

I knew something was wrong when he didn’t call over the holidays. Then, when I went to write Happy Birthday, I saw all the condolences.

We talked about death and how we would watch over one another.
May God give him a peaceful time and may he fly like the eagles! Love you friend!

Nancy French
December 22, 2020
My brother Bill, was my dearest friend, brother, partner and all around cohort in living life with the heart of a child. I have never known a man I trusted more, and loved so for his truly expansive heart and mind. If in the end, we are measured by our live, he was boundless. I will, for the test of my days, dream of tossing a frisbee again with him, across the eternal shores...Rest in the peace you so richly deserve, my brother.
Walter Trumbull
December 8, 2020
I last saw Bill at the funeral for out classmate Debbie Holtz, who Bill went to college with later in life and who also died suddenly and shockingly. I'm stunned and sad to hear off his death and wish his family and friends peace and many happy memories to comfort them.
Amelia Black
December 6, 2020
Mark and I are truly saddened by the passing of such a dear friend,Prayers of comfort for his family and loved ones he ,he loved and spoke of you often.We will miss you Bill and will see you in heaven,lots of fun memories of bowling and thank you for your friendship..
Mark and Sharla Cook
December 4, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Sherry Hillock
December 3, 2020
I will miss you uncle Bill. Thanks for always being a friendly caring person.
Marty Ghiloni
December 3, 2020
My deepest Sympathy and Prayers go out to Bill's family...he was a good customer when i worked downtown at Riley's and was my go to guy for all my computer needs...May he R.I.P.
carol wolfe
December 3, 2020
Bill and I have a brothers relationship and you hit the nail square on the head with your words.Bill I love deeply and save me a place on the golf cart, I will y seeing my brother.
Chris Ash
December 2, 2020
He was a good friend always positive and smile on his face. I saw Bill on Veterans Day and we compared notes as to which restaurants we wanted to visit. I will truly miss this caring man who would give the shirt off his back if ya needed it.....good bye good friend
Doug Frischen
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