William R Bausmith

18 December, 194130 April, 2021

William Robert Bausmith December 18, 1941 – April 30, 2021

William Robert Bausmith of Manahawkin NJ, born in Plainfield NJ on December 18, 1941 and raised in South Plainfield NJ, passed away peacefully at home on April 30, 2021. Bill was a gifted teacher and coach and an inspiring and genuine man who brought a spark of life and joy.

He was a resident of Manahawkin NJ for the last 29 years. Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Irene Heaney Bausmith; his sons William R. Bausmith Jr. and his wife Jean Cunningham; David S. Bausmith and Gina Lamson; Stephen T. Bausmith and his wife Phissamay Heng; grand children William III, Katie, Sarah, David Jr, Caber and sisters Edith Grant and her husband Ian Grant and Clarissa Jane Ackatz. He is predeceased by his parents Alfred E. Bausmith and Elizabeth Schillinger, his brothers Frank T. Bausmith and Alfred E. Bausmith Jr.

Bill graduated from SPHS in 1961 and The College of New Jersey in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. He was also a lifetime member of Carpenters Union #254 in Newark NJ, and was a US Navy veteran and member of the Naval Reserve.

After 12 years in the construction industry Bill taught Building Construction at Hunterdon Central High School in Flemington NJ where he inspired and nurtured his Junior and Senior students. He also coached football, winter track and the state champion girls cross-country team. Students and athletes adored him and some keep in touch to this day. In 1992 Bill joined the NJ State Department of Education, coordinating programs dedicated to Workforce Development. He retired to “life on the bay“ in 2000. Bill and Irene travelled the United States and Canada extensively, completing 14 cross-country trips by car, visiting every state, including Hawaii and Alaska by plane and ship. They also took overseas excursions to Europe, the Baltics and South America.

Bill enjoyed his life on the Manahawkin Bay boating in CLAMALOT, crabbing, clamming, fishing, and watching the rising and setting sun. He relished his grandchildren – patiently teaching them how to bait a crab trap and detect those elusive clams with their toes.

Arrangements are with Thos J. Shinn Funeral Home, Manahawkin, NJ. Cremation is private. A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held on the bay for family at a later date.

Please consider a donation in Bill’s name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN or through the mail at 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266) Pancreatic Cancer is a formidable disease with few symptoms or screening options for early detection.

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Harvey Weber

9 May 2021

To Irene and Family.
Sorry for your loss. I only met Bill a few times, but it does not take long to recognize a good, caring person. God Bless You and Family.


7 May 2021


Phissamay (Peace-My) Heng

7 May 2021

We will miss having Bill visit us in Key West. He would proudly wear his LBI t-shirt that he got from the flea market and walk around town and inevitably he would run into someone from New Jersey! It would be an annual visit for Bill and Irene to visit and enjoy Fantasy Fest in Key West. Irene would expertly make a picture collage of all of the wacky characters that Bill photographed during the festival. Afterwards, Bill would gleefully bring the picture collage to the Moose Lodge to show off the great time he had in Key West. Bill and Irene's marriage was an inspiration of dedication and teamwork. Bill would make the frames for Irene's beautiful art work and it was awe inspiring watching them make a dinner of steamed blue crabs and stuffed clams with a choreographed display gained only from years of cooking together. I will miss their lively conversation while they packed corned beef sandwiches and boiled eggs for their road trip home while always leaving us with an egg one point we had 6. Bill lived his life passionately and would not hesitate to let his opinion be known. Bill was one in a million and will be greatly missed! We love you!!

Bill Craft

7 May 2021

Dear Irene,
We are deeply sorry for your loss and offer our sympathy to you and your family. Among Bill’s many talents and positive traits, he was an excellent track coach who developed the best in his athletes. It was an honor to know and work with him. So many fond memories...... Bill and Dianne Craft

William Fernekes

7 May 2021

My wife Sheila and I were deeply saddened to hear of Bill Bausmith's passing. Bill and I joined the faculty at Hunterdon Central Reg. HS in September 1974, and we were colleagues until 1992, when Bill left Central to join the Workforce Development section of state government. Bill always was an upbeat, positive person who loved teaching and coaching, and who lit up a room with his wonderful smile and enthusiastic, compassionate demeanor. May he be remembered as a man who made our world a better place and whose legacy is measured in the good works he inspired among family, friends, colleagues and students. Bill Fernekes, HCRHS 1974-2010

Jim Meert

7 May 2021

To the Bausmith Family,
Our deepest sympathies on the passing of Bill. We have the most positive memories of him and his wonderful family. Beginning with our friendship at The Readington School, and continuing at Hunterdon Central, Bill was always willing to contribute his many gifts and talents to anyone in need. I especially am thankful for his willingness to join our Football Staff during my first year, when few others were willing to do so. His encouragement, and wide and welcoming smile, were always appreciated. I am forever in his debt.
It is said that the greatest contribution are those we have left behind. I believe that is so. Bill has contributed a wonderful family that has inspired our family with his love and devotion to his.
May the Good Lord welcome him home with an equally broad smile and the words, "Well done my true and faithful servant."
Thank you and God Bless You All!
Jim Meert and The Hunterdon Central Football Family

Jennifer Schwartz

6 May 2021

I have such fond memories of your dad. Always a great laugh, mischievous glint in his eye, and such an inspiration to the many lives he touched through his work. I am so sorry for your loss but feel so fortunate to have known him. 💕

Barbara Cameron

6 May 2021

Uncle Bill I had the biggest crush on you as a little girl. Your big blue eyes your infectious laugh. You always made our time together so fun and adventurous. I always loved going to Seaside Heights were Pop Pop would rent that Beachhouse and we would all spend time together. Then at your home in Manahawkin Bay crabbing which was a love that all my sisters and I had. We loved crabbing at Uncle Bill and Irene’s house! I’ve got some pretty funny pictures stuffing those clams in the tops of our bathing suits too!😂When you and Irene moved here to California and had little Billy you had me babysit so you and Irene could have a date night. I always loved babysitting there because you always had your cupboards filled with potato chips and soda and cookies and ice cream! I remember how we would all laugh over the years of how much I would eat from your cupboards😂. Uncle Bill you were our favorite uncle! We will miss you terribly. ❤️ Love, comfort and peace to You Irene, Bill Jr., David, Steven and your families. ❤️

Bruce Zabelski

6 May 2021

When we found out 6 months ago that Bill had a major illness , we
couldn't believe it. Bill was always the most positive person we knew. I thought maybe his positive attitude would win over the illness. But it didn't.

We had some fun times getting together over the past 20 years.
Reading his Obit I realized that he was a very special person his whole life. Being married 58 years, what Irene put up with!
My wife will never forget you and her singing Christmas in Killarney after the Christmas show on LBI.

He lived the American dream in many ways.
He went to soon, which is the sadist part about it.

Bill you were really something.

Carol Pawlak

5 May 2021

Uncle Bill, I miss you! My heart is filled with memories that span from my childhood and carried on through the years even as we were miles apart. Your travels brought you here to California for such wonderful times with you and Aunt Irene. Our travels back celebrating family always brought wonderful memories that included your jokes and the best laughter!! Crabbing, shucking clams from the bay was always the best!! Our last visit together 2 years ago with my pilgrimage to the “house my father built” , the home you grew up in, our walk on the Jersey shore, and hanging at the Moose Lodge was the best of the best times.
Thank you for loving your California family, being the very best Uncle a girl could ask for! My dad reminded me often how much I reminded him of you!! That always warmed my heart and will carry as life here moves forward. Sending my love to Aunt Irene, Bill Jr., David, Steven and all my cousins . I will miss you. Till we meet again! ❤️

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