William Charles Protheroe
1938 - 2021
Kuhn Funeral Home - West Reading
739 Penn Avenue
West Reading, PA
William Charles Protheroe, 83 of Birdsboro, PA, beloved husband, father and Pop Pop was adored by all who had the good fortune to know him. On Friday, September 10th, 2021 he passed away at Reading Hospital after a month-long battle with Meningitis. Born in Pottsville, PA on March 30, 1938, Bill was a son of the late William T. and Dorothy M. (Simmers) Protheroe. He was a 1956 graduate of Wilson High School, a 1960 graduate of Albright College and member of Kappa Phi Omega fraternity. After college he served in the US Army Reserves. Bill had a career in packaging sales spanning over 50 years at companies such as Boyertown Packaging, Hargo, Reynolds Metals and his latest endeavor ProPak. At the age of 83 he was still actively working and was admired by his clients and colleagues alike. Bill shared a love of golf with his son and was a member of the Reading Country Club for over 30 years. Over his lifetime, he achieved five holes-in-one. He was also an avid Philadelphia sports fan and enjoyed Sunday season tickets for the Phillies and annual trips to Clearwater, FL for spring training. He never missed a chance to watch his 3 favorite football teams: the Philadelphia Eagles, University of Delaware Blue Hens and the Penn State Nittany Lions. He loved a good cup of coffee, a flakey pie crust and grabbing a “bite to eat” at his favorite local spots. Bill liked to be by the sea and could often be found on his way to Cape May where many happy memories were made. He had sparkling blue eyes just like his favorite singer, Frank Sinatra and his quick wit and charming smile lit up every room he entered. Bill is survived by his wife Kaliope “Popi” (Tellis) Protheroe with whom he recently celebrated 45 years of marriage. He was a devoted father to his five children, two from a previous marriage- Jennifer Protheroe and Robert Protheroe, husband to Erin (Mannion) and his three daughters, Olivia Protheroe, Emily (Protheroe) Nichols wife to Jeremy and Millicent Protheroe. He was a proud Pop Pop to his seven grandchildren, Mitchell, Meghan, Rachel, Emma and Grace Protheroe and Beau and Archer Nichols. He leaves behind a brother, Thomas Protheroe, husband of the late Susan (Lothrop) of Great Barrington, MA, a sister, Carol (Protheroe) Young wife to Ian of Fleetwood and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family who will miss him dearly. The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the staff at Reading Hospital for the exceptional care he received during his illness. A funeral service will be held at 11am on Friday, September 17th, 2021 at EJ Kuhn Funeral Home, 739 Penn Ave., West Reading, PA 19611. A viewing will be in the funeral home on Friday from 9:30 to 11am. A private interment will be held the following day at Highland Memorial Park in Pottstown, PA. To honor Bill’s memory, the family encourages memorial donations be made to a charity of the donor’s choosing. Fond memories, condolences and tributes may be shared at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com
Published by The Mercury from Sep. 13 to Sep. 14, 2021.
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We are so sorry to hear about Bill, he was one of the sweetest neighbor you could ask for. Keeping the family in our prayers. RIP BILL you will be missed.
Darren N Fay Landis
September 22, 2021
Sorry for your loss Olivia.
Jody Rhoads
September 17, 2021
David and Robert
September 16, 2021
unique in every way...considered one of the best I ever meet. A SPECIAL PERSON. Found memories of the times we spent together. You were one of the best!!!
tom gross
September 15, 2021
Bill has been my best bud for over 70 years, ever since I moved to the Berks County area in 8th grade. He tried hard to teach me golf and I tried hard to teach him tennis, but neither endeavor had much success. He and I chased girls all over the area, venturing out to Mifflin and Reading High Schools in particular. We worked the night shift over the holidays for a while at a brass paraphernalia distribution facility (planters, decorative plates, etc.) in Sinking Spring; it came in handy for gifts at Christmas. I was at the microphone during a Wilson home football game when he ran for a touchdown; he always remembered hearing me say, "He´s going all the way". After we graduated from high school, he and I signed on with the Reading Railroad, working on a rail gang, replacing ties and rails. Even though we made really good money, it was hot work and we both learned that college would be a better idea. Off we went to Albright where we became proud Kappas. He and I were together in the trunk of a car that dropped us off in the middle of nowhere during Hell Week; we both had dimes in our shoes for a phone call to get us a ride home. We also built the home coming float for the fraternity our junior year from wood we borrowed at night from the lumber yard in Sinking Spring. What great memories. He had the best smile and best disposition of anybody I ever knew. I will miss him. Norm Bennett
Norm Bennett
September 15, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are for Popi and her family at this time of their loss. I remember the good times we had, many years ago when we attended the 3 Little Bakers productions. Bill always had a great sense of humor and was full of fun. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Jack R. Beaver
September 15, 2021
Bill and I were Kappas together at Albright. He was remarkably well liked and he had a quick wit and keen sense of humor. We often bantered in our fake Pennsylvania Dutch accents all in good fun. I always regarded Bill as a valued friend. My sincere sympathy to Bill´s wife and family and to Tom and Carol. Rich Chafey
Rich Chafey
September 14, 2021
Dear Popi and Family Diane and I were saddened to hear of Bill´s passing. Today we remember the parties we attended and get togethers at YaYa´s on King St. Even though we left Pottstown 20 years ago today we remember his laugh and how much he enjoyed a good joke. You and your family are in our thoughts today. Diane and Bill Hepp Elizabethtown, Ky
Bill and Diane Hepp
September 14, 2021
A.J. US Army Retired
September 14, 2021
We are so very sorry to hear about your loss of Bill. He will indeed be missed by so many. We will always remember him, so he will live on. God bless his soul. Peace and love to you all from us.
David, Esther, and Teresa Marino
September 13, 2021
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