William F. Schwitter
William F., 93, of River Edge passed away Saturday morning at home surrounded by his loving family.
An irrepressible optimist whose smile and love of life won over everyone he met, Bill was an extraordinary husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. Bill was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Mary White Schwitter.
Bill was born on July 5, 1919 (the “leftover firecracker”) in Brooklyn, NY, and was the third of four children of Andre and Irma (Schmitt) Schwitter. He attended Brooklyn Prep High School and graduated from Manhattan College in 1941.
Upon graduation, Bill was signed to play professional baseball by the Atlanta Crackers in the Southern Association. After one season, he joined the US Navy and served for four years during World War II. Bill was inducted into the Manhattan College Hall of Fame in 1995 for both basketball and baseball, and in 2006 he was honored as one of Manhattan College’s greatest athletes of its first 100 seasons. He was also an accomplished tennis player.
Bill worked for 48 years as a sales representative for two decorative accessory firms. Bill spent many years coaching youth sports, and in the 1970s managed several American Legion baseball teams to regional championships.
Bill was a founding parishioner of St. Peter the Apostle Parish and served as the Parents Guild President. He entertained for many years in the Parish Showtime Variety Show.
Bill is the beloved father of Pam Schwitter, Jan and husband Gary Halder, Marybeth and husband Jim Flynn, Diane and husband Arthur Montemurro, and Bill Jr. and wife Eileen (Cannon). He is the cherished grandfather of Robert and wife Nikki Halder, Elizabeth and husband Adam Willkomm, Andrew and Matthew Halder, Timothy and Daniel Flynn, Mary Agnes and Christine Montemurro, Billy III, Meaghan, Michael, Tara, and Maura Schwitter. Bill is also survived by his loving sister, Anne Helene Cagney, seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends at the Beaugard Funeral Home, 869 Kinderkamack Rd., River Edge, NJ, on Sunday, June 2, from 7-9 PM, and on Monday from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. The Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday morning at St. Peter the Apostle Church, 445 Fifth Avenue in River Edge, NJ, at 10:30 AM.
Interment will follow at George Washington Memorial Cemetery, Paramus, NJ.
Published in The Record/Herald News from June 2 to June 3, 2013
Schwitter, William F. [MC1941 RIP]
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