In the early morning hours of Saturday September 1, 2018, William Bruce Epp, the patriarch of the Epp family, peacefully departed this world to once again join his beloved wife.
William was born on January 17, 1931 at Wesley Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois. After battling polio at a young age, He went on to attend Castle Heights Military Academy and Northwestern University. He then moved to Cortland where he played football for Cortland State and where he would meet the love of his life, Dorothy. They were married and together raised six children. z
During his adult years, he worked for Wickwire, Champion Sheet Metal, Cortland Hardware, Carrier Corp and Syracuse University, leaving an impression everywhere he went. Bill also had a deep love and passion for boxing. This passion would earn him the Golden Gloves. Family was the most important thing in Bill’s life. Right up to the end, his family brought a smile to his face. Memories will always be cherished but the most profound and lasting gift he gave everyone was what he left in their hearts.
Bill is survived by his sons; Robert (Stacy Field), William (Julie), Rick (Lisa Weir), and his daughters; BettyLou (Joe Camillo) Bakker, Nancy (John) Sinclair, and Rhonda (Joseph) O’Mara, 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother; Robert and sister, Betty.
He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy, his parents, a sister, Virginia, and grandsons, Michael, Ronald, and Donald.
87 years in the ring and the final bell has rang to call him home to heaven. We are forever grateful for our time with this titan of mankind! Those who knew him are honored to have been able to call him; husband, brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather, mentor, and most importantly…friend.
There will be no services however, a celebration of William’s life will be held on September 16, 2018 from 1 – 4pm at The Red Dragon on Tompkins St, Cortland.
Donation in William B. Epp’s name may be made to the Central New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St, Syracuse, New York 13204