William Bill E. Ennis III

February 28, 1954November 11, 2013

William E. Ennis III, 59, of New Cumberland, PA, passed away Monday, November 11, 2013 in Harrisburg Hospital.

He was born February 28, 1954 in Philadelphia, PA, a son of the late William and Patricia (Whitecar) Ennis.

He was a graduate of the University of Michigan in 1977 with a master’s degree in woodwind performance. He went on to teach middle school instrumental music, and soon moved into the high school instrumental music program. During his 32 years as a teacher, he worked as a chief negotiator for the union, and supported countless students as they became music educators and performers. He retired at age 55. Beyond his deep love of music, he was passionate about history and the outdoors. He also was deeply passionate about photography and photographic editing.

William was a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 38 years Deborah A. Ennis, of New Cumberland, daughters, Heather Nicole Ennis, of New Cumberland and Meghan Renee (Ennis) Prato, her husband Brian, of East Stroudsburg, granddaughter, Claire Renee Prato and his brother, Jack Ennis.

Funeral service will be conducted Friday, November 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM from Neill Funeral Home, 3401 Market St. Camp Hill. Viewing will be from 12:00 to 2:00 prior to service.

In lieu of flowers family request memorial contributions to Good Shepherd Anglican Church 5122 Earl Dr. Harrisburg, PA 17112


  • Visitation Friday, November 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 15, 2013

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Sherry Wilson - Smith

October 11, 2014

I just found out about Mr Ennis. I am so saddened. He was my teacher and inspired me to play an instrument I loved and taught me with great patience. Altho I do remember the middle school band frustrating him so badly at times he'd throw his wand across the room :) He will be missed but never forgotten

Angi & Mark Saikkonen

December 8, 2013

You will never be forgotten and always missed. Thank you for all you have given and inspired. Thoughts and prayers with the family.

pease family

November 18, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ennis family in your time of loss.

Gloria Weary

November 17, 2013

I am so very sorry about your loss. There are no words, but please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

Kathie Blazi

November 16, 2013

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.
Jim, Kathie and Brittany

Jennifer Bailey

November 16, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

Angi Saikkonen

November 15, 2013

Mr. Ennis, you will truly be missed. You were such an inspiration, such a great man, mentor, and teacher. My condolences, thoughts, and heart are with the family. Thank you for all you have done for me.

Carole Spahr

November 15, 2013

Bill swam with us at Bethany Village. So sorry to hear of his passing.
Peace be with you and your family.
Carole & Ken Spahr

Aric Colunga, PhD

November 15, 2013

'Mr. Ennis' shared his passion for music and performance with me and the rest of his students, and helped foster that passion in all of us. He allowed us to use the band room as a second home at school, and the musicians there became a sort of second family. Along the way, I learned life lessons about dedication to a craft and gained the confidence to help me 'come out of my shell,' as my parents/band parents (Marilou and Eddie Colunga) have often said. I owe much of my successes to many great mentors in my life, and Bill is certainly up there. My thoughts are with his family and with those 'extended members' who are surely missing him.

Donna (McCommon) Bancroft

November 15, 2013

My prayers go out to the Ennis family. Mr. Ennis was a great teacher, mentor, friend and musical inspiration. He will be greatly missed.