WILLIAM "BILL" SCHILLING
SCHILLING WILLIAM "BILL" lately of Springfield, PA, died at home on December 9, 2021 following a brief and sudden struggle with cancer. He was 76. Bill departed this world surrounded by the loving presence of his family and dear friends, secure in his faith and certain of the everlasting life awaiting him through the sacrifice of his Lord and Saviour. Bill was born in Drexel Hill, PA, the third son of Arthur and Margaret Elizabeth (Moore) Schilling. He graduated from Upper Darby High School ('62) and attended the University of Pennsylvania (C'66) as a Federal Work Study recipient, working part-time in the University's laundry room and financial aid office while he earned his bachelor's degree. Until his retirement in 2012—and, indeed, for several years thereafter—Bill never left Penn, having taken a job as a financial aid officer following his graduation from the University's Law School (L'69); he would rise to the role of Director of Student Financial Aid in 1980 and remain in that position for over 32 years. During his tenure at Penn, Bill committed himself to making an Ivy League education possible for students of all backgrounds and means. He oversaw the manifold expansion of the University's undergraduate financial aid program and pioneered a no-loan aid policy, ensuring that students in need receive only grants, not loans, in support of their education. He supplemented this work for educational equity in his volunteering with the College Board and the Mendenhall-Tyson Scholarship Foundation. Beyond his working life, Bill was blessed with a beautiful bass voice and sang for years in his church choir and with the Wayne Oratorio Society. In 1976, Bill met and fell in love with Patricia Charlesworth (née Connelly), a nurse, while she cared for his father in a time of illness. Bill and Pat were married in March 1978, in the living room of the house where he grew up and where they would go on to raise their children. In 2018, with his children raising families of their own, Bill formally adopted his eldest three children, the daughters and son of Pat's previous marriage, desiring nothing more than the surety that no-one could ever again question his commitment to them. The tender act, born of Bill's abiding love, was heartfelt but unnecessary: to all his children, he was always and will ever be their real father. Bill Schilling lived a life of gentleness, generosity, humility, and faith: a constant current of grace and wisdom running beneath still waters. In his quiet way, he modeled an unwavering love and devotion to his children in his fierce love for their mother, and he radiated joy in his closeness with his grandchildren. His happiest days were spent not in high places or in grand pursuits, but in the simple joys of home: peaceful days spent in the company of his beloved wife, his loyal dog, and his loving children and grandchildren, who knew how deeply they, too, were loved by him. Bill is survived by Pat, his wife of 43 years, whom he adored, and by their children: Amy Liberatore (Lenny) of Drexel Hill; Donny (Bonnie) Charlesworth of West Chester; Gail (Lawrence) Harrington of Newtown Square; and William "Drew" Schilling of Bryn Mawr; and by seven grandchildren: Benjamin Liberatore, Jacob (Caitlin) Liberatore, Sara Charlesworth, Emily Charlesworth, Nathaniel Liberatore, Katherine Harrington, and Kira Harrington. He was joyfully anticipating the birth of his first great-grandchild, expected in February 2022. Bill is also survived by loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. He joins his parents and his brothers, Yates and Fred, in the peace of the life eternal. A memorial will be held at 11 A.M. on Saturday, 18 December at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Drexel Hill, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's name to the church.
Published by The Philadelphia Inquirer on Dec. 14, 2021.
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I was just sharing memories of Bill with colleagues from all over the University. Everyone has noted what an absolute gem of a man he was with impeccable integrity and a huge heart! We always knew that if we could explain a circumstance to Bill, he would find a way to make things right and indeed he did. As Bruce Chamberlin said, Bill was the epitome of "gentleness, generosity, humility... nothing more sure. Bill brought a compassionate eye to everything he did. His legacy lives in the lives he changed..." and there were so many! We will miss Bill and the kindness and love that he brought to this world! What a guy!
Amy Calhoun
Work
January 13, 2022
Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to our friend Bill. I am forever grateful to have shared a part of this life with Bill and Pat. Pat, we are praying for you. We asked our Heavenly Father to give you strength and comfort during this time. With love, admiration and thankfulness, Youlonda and David Morgan
Youlonda Copeland-Morgan
Friend
December 18, 2021
Singing with Bill in our church choir and the oratorio society, his bass voice rich and true, was a pleasure. Knowing Bill, and spending time with him and Pat, was a joy. He was a wise and kind man, Intelligent, and devilishly funny. I am honored to have known him. May he rest in peace.
Carol Estornell
December 18, 2021
I found Bill a wise and mentoring presence through many meetings and shared conversations. I'm sorry that he is gone and I send warm wishes to his family in this difficult time.
Jonathan Burdick
Work
December 17, 2021
Pat, My Pat and I are deeply saddened by Bill's passing, but know that he is welcomed home by our Lord Jesus. His work was always in the best interest of students. Bill was more than a colleague- he was a friend and I will miss him. We shared many days together which I will always be remembered as some of my best. I regret that I will be unable to attend his service, but I want you to know that I will be there in by thoughts and prayers.
Frank E Claus
Friend
December 16, 2021
Pat, Jean and I are sorry to hear about Bill's passing. You and your family are in our prayers.
John Gallagher Sr
Friend
December 16, 2021
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Despite the passing of so many years, Jan and I have many great memories of times spent with Bill. He was truly a kind and wonderful man.
Mark and Jan LaRocco
Friend
December 16, 2021
My deepest condolences to Bill's family. Bill was an amazing colleague and human being, always kind and gentle, and deeply committed to enabling student success. He and I worked on numerous difficult and challenging cases. He was always generous and smart and tactical. Countless students benefitted from his work on their behalf. True to his character and nature, Bill was an unsung hero to many. Rest in eternal peace. May his memory be a blessing to us all.
Joseph Sun
Work
December 15, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are extended to the Schilling family. Bill was such a well respected colleague at Penn and in the financial aid community. My sincerest condolences to you. He will be missed.
Michelle Brown-Nevers
Work
December 15, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Schilling family. Bill was my mentor when I was a Trustee with The College Board. I will forever be grateful for his guidance, wisdom and friendship.
Joe Dragone
December 15, 2021
We offer our condolences to Bill's family. We both had the pleasure of working with Bill at Penn. He inspired us to keep the interest of our students first. What a great role model he was for us. Bill was loved and respected by many and will not be soon forgotten. Sincerely, Elton and Doris Cochran-Fikes
Denis Elton Cochran-Fikes and Doris S. Cochran-Fikes
Work
December 14, 2021
Pat, Drew, Amy, Donnie, Gail and families, Sending heartfelt condolences & prayers to you & yours. We are thankful to have been gifted with the world´s best neighbors for over 30 years. The Schilling Family was our extended family. We give thanks to have been blessed with memories of an amazing man, loving wife and their wonderful family. Bill shall live in our hearts forever. Reney, Phil, Phil & Ashley..
The DiDonato Family
December 14, 2021
I always looked forward to, and enjoyed my time hanging out with Pat and Bill. Bill was a great conversationalist, had a scampy streak, a good sense of humor, and above all was a fine person. I´ll listen to some Judy Collins and The Seekers in his honor. Bill, I´ll see you sometime down the line. Ann
Ann Costello
Friend
December 14, 2021
Bill was such a good man in whose presence we were always comfortable. He was an interested and patient listener, a true lover of history and civics, recognized a great singing voice when he heard it (Judy Collins among them), and always took the time make us feel like individuals he valued. We will miss him so much and hope that Pat and their wonderful children are nurtured by his loving memory well into the future. Tom Costello
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