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William M. Anthony

Anthony, William

services for William M. Anthony, age 59, of 10 Cedar Lane, Hammond, will be
held on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at Christ Episcopal Church in Morristown at
3:00 p.m.  Arrangements are with Frary
Funeral Home. 

Mr. Anthony
died Thursday, October 30,
2008, at his home surrounded by his loving wife and family.  Mr. Anthony is survived by his wife,
Elizabeth (Bette); his cherished daughter, Diana L. Buckingham and her husband,
Justin, of Cockeysville, MD; a very special sister, Shelley Doyon and her
husband, Rick, of Morristown; two loving brothers, James Anthony and his wife,
Elaine, of Hammond and Douglas Anthony and his wife, Sheila, of Centennial, CO;
one precious grandson, Will Thomas Buckingham; several nieces, nephews and
cousins.  He was predeceased by one son,
Jeffery Zehr, in 1984. 


Mr. Anthony
was born on November 25,
1948 in Rochester,
the son of James and Nora Denney Anthony.
He graduated from John
Marshall High
School in Rochester.  He attended SUNY Oswego and graduated from Alston Community
College in Kingston,
NY.  He served in the US Army during the Vietnam
conflict from 1970 to 1972.  He married
the former Elizabeth Zecher on January
21, 1978 in Rochester.  He first went to work for Eastman Kodak and
later worked for Genencore International where he worked as a biochemist.  Mr. Anthony was a avid Buffalo Bills fan and
enjoyed fishing, and playing his trombone. He was a section five Varsity
wrestling official for several years.  He
was a past 14 year member of the Planning Board of the City of Greece and was also
a member of the board of the Black Lake Association.  His main interests were his faith his family,
his community and his country. 


Donations may
be made in his memory to St. Lawrence Valley Chapter of Hospice and to the
Christ Episcopal Church in Morristown. 

43 Condolences

  • Don & Betty Becker Posted November 2, 2008 1:27 PM

    We are so sorry to hear of your recent loss. We didn’t know Bill all that well, but do remember him as being terribly friendly and up-beat. We were not aware that you had moved back to New York, and we are so glad that you did return to an area of New York that you and Bill both loved.
    Don and Betty Becker
    9075 Becker Road
    Wayland, NY 14572

  • Shannon, Rowland, John & Roman Posted November 2, 2008 2:59 PM

    We share in your grief and will always remember Bill’s positive demeanor and big smile. Much love, Shannon, Rowland, John & Roman

  • Jim King Posted November 2, 2008 3:35 PM

    Betty and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I am so glad that I got to spend time with Bill over dinner and other places when you visited Carthage. What a class act he was!!!
    This had been a long process for both Bill and you. May you both now have peace realizing that Bill’s suffering is over and he is in a better place with no pain.

  • Tom Beamish Posted November 2, 2008 3:36 PM


    I am so glad to have had Bill as my best childhood friend while growing up on Electric Avenue and for us to have maintained this friendship since we were 5 years old. I know he told you we did some crazy things that only true friends would do and tell about in our later years.

    I want to tell you that during Bill’s 59 years of life the best thing that happened to him was his marrage to you.
    You brought him so much happiness and we all could see how he charished you and his new family.

    Diane and I are so glad that Bill and you were able to visit with us last
    fall. We had a great time and finally Bill and I, together, told you and Diane some of those crazy things we did as kids.

    Some of the best memories that I have of life were those spent with my best friend Bill. I know that sometime in the future my friend and I will be able to share those memories together again.

    “Nora, Jim, Doug & Shelley”

    My memories of Bill could not be complete without including you. I am so glad that the Anthony family became part of my life.

    Nora, I want to thank you and my mother for introducing Bill and I together when we were 5 years old. It was meant to be that I would have such a wonderful friend as Bill.

    As Bill always called me, “Bommer T”
    Tom & Diane Beamish

  • Ginny & Jack Hoover Posted November 2, 2008 3:37 PM

    Both Ginny I would like to pass on our condolences to Bette,Nora the entire Anthony family. May memories of Bill comfort you & bring you peace. Praise God for the extra time He gave to Bill & the family & that he didn’t linger on much longer.He is at peace now and out of pain. The years of good times and the love you shared will help get you through your great loss.


    Jack and Ginny Hoover

  • Sharon (Patrick) Compton Posted November 2, 2008 3:56 PM

    Dearest Bette. This news makes me so, so sad, but I know the Angels in Heaven rejoice to have such a special one among them. I will always remember Bill by his huge heart and willingness to help in any and every way he could. But most of all, I will remember what a huge barrel of fun he was, and how graciously you both handled his illness, with total and complete faith. I love you dearly and have you and the family in my prayers. Sharon

  • The Hoffman Family Posted November 2, 2008 4:14 PM

    To the entire Anthony Family–We are all so saddened by Uncle Bill’s passing. I am heartened, though, to hear that he passed away at home, surrounded by those he loved. We treasure all the memories we’ve shared over the years, and hope his passing brings all of you peace at knowing he is in a better place. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of sadness. With love, Gretchen, Jim & the Hoffman girls.

  • Seth, Breanna, Kaylah & Kelley Posted November 2, 2008 4:17 PM

    Even though I am unable to attend (Kelley is actually flying there now) I could not go without saying a few words. I found a poem I would like to share: Fisherman’s Prayer
    I pray I may live to fish
    until my dying day
    And when it comes to my last cast
    I then humbly pray:
    When in the Lords great landing net and peacefully asleep
    That in his mercy I be judged big enough to keep
    Uncle Bill was a Keeper.

    We Love and will deeply miss you. It will be tough not whispering Uncle Booy, Uncle Booy outside the window.

    Seth, Kelley, Breanna & Kaylah

  • Frank Marotta Posted November 2, 2008 4:47 PM

    Dear Bette,
    I know that I speak for all our Section 5 wrestling officials is expressing condolences to you and the family. It was a pleasure to work with Bill for the 20 years that he was a member of our group. I appreciated his hard work, dedication and loyalty. I am grateful that I have fond memories extending from his boyhood days of winning a wrestling championship at the first Spencerport Tournament in 1966 to his being selected to referee in the Sectionals in the 1990’s. As a Greece resident, I appreciated Bill’s work on the Planning Board and the “political guidance” and assistance he gave me. I always looked forward to his calls and e-mails from Colorado and the great conversations we had. I’m grateful to have had Bill as a friend.
    Frank Marotta, Executive Secretary
    Section 5 Wrestling Officials Assoc.

  • Leo and Marie Reger Posted November 2, 2008 5:39 PM

    Dear Bette and Diana,

    Leo and I were so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We understand that he was ill for a long time, he is at peace now.

    We have alot of wonderful memories of Bill in our Greece days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Love Leo and Marie Reger

  • Mark and Sharon Petersheim Meredith-Joy, Michael and Muriel Posted November 2, 2008 9:37 PM

    Dearest Bette, We just received the email. Our hearts go out to you. I know Bill fought a long and struggling battle. He truly has won, as you know he is now with our Lord. I wish there was something I could do or say to make this time easier for you, but there is none. Only, that you know you will always remain in our prayers.
    Bill and you have always been so special to us. Although we are miles apart, you both have remained closed to our hearts.
    Please let me know if there anything I can do for you.
    We love you Bette and please send our best to Diana and her fine family.
    God bless and watch over you now.
    With love and peace, Sharon and Mark, Meredith-Joy, Michael and Muriel

  • Rose Mancuso Posted November 3, 2008 12:59 AM

    Dear Bette & Family,
    Sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. Bill was my colleague, comrade and friend. He was optimistic about everything! Bill made you feel you could do anything if you had faith. I always told him he was my hero and when I grew up I wanted to be just like him. We would enjoy a good laugh because I was older and a woman. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your belief in God keep you strong.
    With Love, Rose & Ron

  • Kyle and Rosy Bonesteel Posted November 3, 2008 8:06 AM

    Dear Bette, Diana, and Anthony Family – Our family is saddened with the news of Bill’s passing. Diana and Justin have, through the years, conveyed so many memorable stories about him and the family…and his love for you all. Our deepest condolences to you. The Bonesteel Family

  • Rocky Rochford Posted November 3, 2008 1:08 PM

    I worked with Bill in the Synthetic Chemicals Division at Kodak over thirty years ago. Bill was a high energy guy and had a passion for political discourse. Bill was a good man. I am very sadden by his loss.

  • David and Toni Schantz Posted November 3, 2008 1:39 PM

    Toni and I enjoyed having you as neighbors for the short time you lived in Greece and well remember the energy that Bill gave to the Greece Republican Committee.

    You have our deepest sympathies and Toin and I will remember Bill in our prayers.

  • Evelyn Posted November 3, 2008 2:09 PM

    Bette, I am so sorry to hear about Bill. We loved getting the updates on you and he. He will be missed. At least he is at peace and not suffering. May the Lord keep watch over you and your family during this difficult time. You nad your family will be in my prayers.

  • Bill Diamond Posted November 3, 2008 2:21 PM

    Dear Bette and Family, I was a colleague of Bill when he worked at Energetix. He was a hard worker, a smart man, and a great overall person to be around. The world is a better place because of Bill. My deepest condolences, Bill will be missed by all the people he knew.

  • Mona and Ken Loveless Posted November 3, 2008 2:42 PM

    To the entire Anthony family, we express our deepest sympathy for the loss of Bill. He will be missed by so many, but we know that he is in peace and pain free with God in heaven. There is no way we ever stop missing someone we loved so much, but remembering the good times helps. Sorry we will miss the funeral because we are home in Fairport. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Love, sympathy and prayers,
    Ken, Mona and the Loveless Family

  • Marcus & Debbie Posted November 3, 2008 3:24 PM

    Dear Bette & Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss! Bill also continued to amaze us in his will of fight and determination.

    We were so luckly to have had the opportunity to get to know him and you better a few years ago when you both had a short stay here in Central Florida while Bill was getting his strength back.

    As we Pray during the approach this important Election Day, we will also be Praying for Strength, Love and Courage for the Loving Family that Bil has left behind.

    We love you Bette, Doug & Sheila and girls! Our hearts are with you all!

    In His Great Love,
    Marcus Lund & Debbie Irving
    Orlando, Florida

  • Ben Keefer Posted November 3, 2008 4:01 PM

    Mrs. Anthony and Family, I am very sorry for your loss. I had the honor of getting to know Bill through officiating the sport of wrestling during his stay in Colorado. Bill had a great smile and enthusiasm towards the sport. He always had some good stories to share at the edge of the mat while we took a mutual break from refereeing. I will carry good memories of Bill. My prayers are for God to provide you and your family the love and strength to get you through this difficult time. With love and respect, Ben Keefer, Montrose, Colorado

  • Dave and Sue Hurlbutt Posted November 3, 2008 5:16 PM

    Dear Bette and family,
    We pray God’s continued strength, peace and joy as you prepare to celebrate the life of your husband, father, grandfather and friend. We praise God with you for his witness, especially in the challenges he has faced in the last years. Please know, while we can’t be there with you in person, you remain in our hearts and prayers!
    With much love,

    Dave and Sue Hurlbutt

  • Gail & Jerry Isaac Posted November 3, 2008 6:20 PM

    Dear Bet, “Ma Kettle” and all of your family we send our love and condolences on Bills passing. He fought hard but now will suffer no more. He always had a great smile and a kiss for me and we will always remember him with fondness. We will be with all of you in spirit tomorrow and send our love.

    Gail and Jerry Isaac

  • Bob Adams Posted November 3, 2008 6:48 PM


    I was deeply saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. When I was in Rochester recently staying with Max and Pat, they made me aware of the serious situation with Bill’s health.

    I will always reflect fondly of our days in Orchard Brook and having you and Bill as our next door neighbors. It just didn’t get any better than that. Such great friends and wonderful memories.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.



  • Jim & Terry West Posted November 3, 2008 7:27 PM

    Bette, Terry and I were saddened to read about Bill in Sunday’s paper. It was ironic that Saturday night we were together with old friends (Deb and Jeff Krause, Connie Leary, Dan Muscatel, etc) when Debbie pulled out some old pictures and the top one was of Bill. He had that great smile on his face and we all shared some fond memories of times with Bill and then wondered how he was doing. I know now it was God who put that photo on top. I can recall some wonderful times with Bill from kindergarden to 8th grade as we were always in the same class at #7. Playing KPAA, going to the playground, the Aquinas woods, etc. Terry recalls the nice times with Bill in HS and how he always made anyone he met feel special. Bill continued to be a great friend in adult life. Bill faced life like a winner and with the most positive attitude I have ever seen. He lived his life as a role model we should all strive to emulate. God Bless you and the family and our prayers are with you and Bill always. Love, Jim & Terry West

  • Sue McWharf Posted November 3, 2008 7:28 PM

    Was sorry to hear of your loss.During this difficult time I hope you can take comfort in knowing that your family is in our families thoughts and prayers. Keep the memories alive with a smile and a heartfelt story…..noone can take those away.

    Sue McWharf & Family

  • Mark & Sherrie Neuman Posted November 3, 2008 10:58 PM

    To the Anthony Family and especially Bette. we will miss Billy’s humor, quick witt, and positive attitude toward just about anything. His smile would warm even the coldest hearts and we have a picture of the jazzman playing his trombone at Shelley and Ricks wedding to remind us of his talents.

    Though our trips to Black Lake are few these days you, your family and Bill will always be in our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers.

    Always Mark and Sher

  • Phyllis & Gary Vragel Posted November 4, 2008 12:40 AM

    Dear Bette, We were so saddened to hear about Bill. We have so many fond memories of Black Lake and Bill – always smiling, and friendly as well as a good sense of humor. The nights around the camp fire were always special. Our sympathies to you and Diana, Jim and Elaine and all of the Anthony Family.
    Gary & Phyllis Vragel

  • Gerry Snow Posted November 4, 2008 1:24 AM

    to the Anthony family,
    As a former member of the Town ogf Greece Planning Board who served with Bill, I wish to offer my condolences on
    your loss. Bill was a valued member of the board, bringing insight, wisdom and humor to what could be tedious and sometimes combative sessions. I considered Bill to be a friend and collegue and am saddened to hear of his passing. Gerry Snow

  • The Kunkels Posted November 4, 2008 3:10 AM

    To Our Beloved Bette and Lady Diana and their precious family and friends,
    There are no words to describe this loss and yet there are no words to describe what we have gained because we knew Bill Anthony. The memories rush in of high school days, sweet times at Black Lake during college–something about a pink drink???, dancing with him at our wedding, water skiing, boat rides, and watching him laugh with our kids. What a joy, privilege, honor to say our lives were blessed because of him. Our prayer is for peace and strength, comfort and hope. In Heaven’s great dixieland band, there is a clarinet player named Jeff who boldy exclaimed when Bill arrived,”I heard you were coming, so I saved you a seat!” All of heaven rejoices to hear the music again.
    All our love,
    Bob, Sharon, Daniel, Jane, Grace

  • Todd Heller Posted November 4, 2008 4:52 AM

    Bette, Diana and family – I am saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. Throughout the years I have thought of you often and have only fond memories of times we shared. I will always remember Bill as a smiling, happy trombonist who thoroughly enjoyed life. My thoughts are with you and your family. Love, Todd

  • Jerry Welcher Posted November 4, 2008 1:17 PM

    I am truly saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. My sincere condolences go out to Bette and the entire Anthony family. I enjoyed working with Bill as ushers at the Church of The Ascension. I remember the many stories that he shared with me relating to the many years at the Church of the Ascension as his family had been members there in the 1950s and 1960s when he was growing up on Electric Avenue in Rochester, NY. I understood his passion for wrestling and he shared many stories with me in regard to his work as an wrestling official. Bill was a real pleasure to talk with and seemed to always be trying to spread his optomism to others. –Jerry Welcher

  • Paul and Kathy Richards Posted November 4, 2008 2:36 PM


    So very saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. We enjoyed his enthusiasm and yours with all the fun times we shared over the years at Genencor. You and the family are all in our prayers at this difficult time. Bill will be dearly missed, but we are so grateful to have shared a small portion of his life. Keep the strong faith in the Lord and keep the memories alive forever!


    Paul & Kathy

  • Keith Germano Posted November 4, 2008 2:53 PM

    My Condolences To Bills’ family. Having worked with Bill at Kodak and Genencor we shared many laughs and good times. He was quite a character always ready to discuss politics with vigor.
    I remember many Halloweens were he would dress up and be very convincing in his costume. I am very sorry for your loss am happy to have known Bill for many years. I miss seeing you Diane pray your life is going well. I hope Bill will be pleased with todays election results if not there could be trouble in Heaven

  • Diane Denney Ness Dent Posted November 4, 2008 11:35 PM

    Dear Nora and all the clan of Anthonys

    I am so proud to have Bill and all of you as my relations. I have been educated and affirmed in reading condolenes from others regarding our loss of Billy. It is overwhelming the creative and loving life he has led, definitely a role model in so many ways as was said by another appreciator of Bill’s powers. Bette and team could not have been more supportive in meeting Bill’s needs; he was also pretty good at looking after himself at a time when average people like the rest of us would have been down and out!
    I love you all and appreciate you so much, Diane (Lynne would second all I have said)

  • DONNA (NAGLIK) BAKER/ LINDA (NAGLIK) KLEINHENZ Posted November 5, 2008 1:28 AM


  • Kathy & John Potter Posted November 5, 2008 6:24 PM

    Dear Bette, John and I are so saddened to know our friend is no longer in this world. However, I know you, Diane, and the rest of your family are comforted to know Bill is finally at rest with the Lord in His Heavenly home. To have had Bill as a friend was a special privelege we will cherish always. We know this journey has been a difficult one for all of you. Please know our hearts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. In Sympathy, Love and Friendship,

  • Doug and Michele Bennett Posted November 6, 2008 5:20 PM

    Dear Bette and Diana – We will always remember the handsome, smiling face of such a lovely man. He always greeted everyone as if we were great friends. The world was truly a better place for the presence of Bill and is at a loss with his premature death. May your many memories and the comfort that he is again with his beloved Jeff bring you some solace as you go through this difficult time.
    Fondly, Doug, Michele, Andy and Matt Bennett

  • Ray, Pat & Adam Ozuna Posted November 9, 2008 4:47 AM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We remember you and Bill fondly as our neighbors for many years on Wood Run Circle. May you find peace in many cherished memories.
    Very sincerely,
    ~Ray, Pat & Adam Ozuna~

  • norene murphy Posted November 9, 2008 5:05 PM

    i wanted to express to to my cousins, aunt nora, bette and diana that the service was such a wonderful tribute to billy. each and every person who spoke on billy’s behalf did a marvelously job. especially dougie, bette, rick and shelley. i am also proud of jimmy because i know how difficult it was for him. at least he did it! you all accomplished so much more than the 4 of us in my family. none of us could do it……i wish we had. my heart tells me billy was looking down and was so very proud of you all. he was such a positive, happy, loving person. i will miss him very much. love always, cousin norene

  • Kathy and David Weidauer Posted November 9, 2008 5:44 PM

    Dear Bette, Aunt Nora, Jimmy, Doug. Shelley, Rick, and Diana,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you from all of us from Nebraska. I have lots of memories of us growing up but none more precious then your visits when traveling through Nebraska and Bill’s transplant. Norene told me what a beautiful service you had for Bill. I wish for you all to always remember special moments that will give you comfort for the days ahead.
    Love to you all,
    Kathy and David

  • Kristine E. Pochodylo Posted November 9, 2008 11:50 PM

    My husband Jim and I worked with Bill back in the Kodak Bio Products/Genecor days. We have many fond memories of Bill and his funny ways. He really seemed to enjoy life. Neither of us have worked with Bill in 13yrs and were saddened to hear of his passing. He always seemed to accept his condition with dignity and grace. We were happy to hear that he had retired and had gone to live in a place we know he loved. Best wishes to you Bette and Diane. He always spoke of both of you fondly.

  • Erica Collins Posted November 14, 2008 10:48 PM

    Mrs. Anthony,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. It truly breaks my heart. Bill was always such a ray of sunshine to my workday here at the VA Hospital. His jokes, caring demeanor, and love of life was such an inspiration to me. No matter how bad things got, he always had so much faith and such a positive attitude. I will continue my prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. Bill…you will be missed!

    Erica Collins
    (Ward secretay, VA Hospital)

  • Carol (Woods) Thompson Posted November 24, 2008 5:11 PM

    Dear Bette and Family,
    I was so sad to hear of Bill’s passing. I, too, went through Number 7 school, and Bill was around my family through high school. He played football with my younger brother, Don, and was at all the many parties my folks let us throw. When my dad died 14 years ago, Bill showed up at his service and told my mom that he would never forget how they opened up their house to all of their “kids” from the neighborhood. That is still the one solid memory I have of Dad’s funeral. Bill was a wonderful friend all through school. My heart and prayers are with you through this time. He will be missed by all.
    Carol (Woods) Thompson

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