William Charles Hartgrove Jr.

June 9, 1947March 22, 2021
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William C. Hartgrove, Jr, 73, of Cape Coral, Florida passed away Monday, March 22, 2021 in Fort Myers, Florida. He was born June 9, 1947 in Hancock, New York to William and Eileen (Esolen) Hartgrove. He graduated from Hancock Central School Class of 1965, Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science class of 1966. He completed his residency at Walter D. Sullivan Funeral Home in Binghamton, New York, he then moved to Long Island before making it to Frank E. Campbells "The Funeral Chapel" where he spent many years. He next moved into Compliance and Training for the then Eastern Division of SCI based in Manhattan, but traveled extensively. In 1997 he moved to Florida and became the Director of Compliance and Training for National Cremation Society. After that he was Compliance for SCI-Florida. As he semi-retired he still performed funeral home and cemetery audits and occasionally filed in meeting families and working services giving 50 + years to SCI. He and his partner of 40 + years Gerry O'Rawe travelled the world together. They always took pride in their homes in New York and later in Florida. They were the life of the party. I'm sure on Monday morning Gerry greeted Bill with a Vodka and said "What the F%#! took you so long." Bill had many talents and interests, In New York he worked at a friends flower shop because he enjoyed making the arrangements. He was always proud of his gardens and yards. He also liked to Knit/crochet and made many blankets/sweaters and other things over the years, many he gave as gifts. If Bill was your friend, he was your friend forever. Bill was lucky enough to find Justin, and when he did he found happiness again. Even though it was a short time, it had made a major impact. Justin gave him the reason to fight for the last year. Bill was predeceased by his partner Gerry (1/3/2018); parents William and Eileen and sister Mary "Mickey" Hartgrove. Surviving are sister Sharon A. Gales; nephew Paul (Vicki) Gales, Justin; Gerry's brother, nephews and niece, several cousins. A memorial service will be held at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 950 Chiquita Blvd. S., Cape Coral Florida, on Friday, April 9th, gathering from 10am - 11am, service at 11am followed by a luncheon. Please wear bright colors, no black per Bill's request. Contributions can be made to the Cape Animal Shelter, 325 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral, Florida 33991 or the Hancock Rescue Squad PO Box 693, Hancock, New York 13783


  • William Hartgrove, Father (deceased)
  • Eileen (Esolen) Hartgrove, Mother (deceased)
  • Mary "Mickey" Hartgrove, Sister (deceased)
  • Sharon A. Gales, Sister
  • Gerry O'Rawe, Partner (deceased)
  • Paul Gales (Vicki), Nephew


  • Gathering

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Inurnment

    Friday, April 9, 2021


William Charles Hartgrove Jr.

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Maureen Cozzo

April 8, 2021

Rest in Heavenly Peace My Dear Friend, you are going to be so missed. I'm going to miss hearing your voice and your wonderful contagious laugh. You have no idea what your friendship meant to me. I will hold the memories we shared very close to my heart. You and Jerry have been my best friends for over 35 years. Sitting on my stoop in Brooklyn as you and Jerry drank your cocktails and my five children ran around, LOL. My deepest condolences to Bill's family and friends. Heaven has gained another angel. Until we meet again... XoXo

Michael Schmidt

April 6, 2021

I did not get to meet Jerry but met Bill a year after my husband and I relocated to Cape Coral

Bill was the first person I met who golfed and he got me back in the game. Our friendship grew quickly

Then there was bowling and the best part was dinner with Bill John Rick and I on the way

Parties we both loved to entertain so soo we were coordinating our Christmas parties so we both could enjoy

I will miss you my friend

Sharon. It’s only because you watched our dog that our paths crossed

Mike and Rick

Toni Sandell

March 26, 2021

My maiden name is DaBrescia and I grew up with Billy. He was a sweet guy and, although we didn't spend much time together, I saw him often around Hancock. My sympathy to his family and friends. He was truly one of the "good one."

Kathy Fleming

March 25, 2021

We are sorry for your loss.

Bill was always sharing his crochet and knitting projects with us. Each item was made with care and love and he told us to whom each piece was going. It was more than just a craft group. We shared stories and he told us of his travels and shared the pictures. The "cro-knitting group" will miss you. Rest in peace.

Anita Parry

March 25, 2021

So sorry to hear of your loss.......

I first met Bill when he came to Hillsboro Memorial to do a compliance audit and then later he was made GM here.....we learned much from each other about both the cemetery and compliance.......Bill was a dedicated man and very passionate about the families he served...He made many friends both inside and outside SCI, and oh the stories he had to tell.....I was deeply saddened by the news of his passing and he will be truly missed by many.....

Maritza Santa Cruz

March 24, 2021

To the family, I am so sorry for our loss. Bill was incredibly loving and caring , I will miss his beautiful cheerful personality. In the very short time that I met him via Justin, and my late brother Paulie- he became family. I will miss him dearly.

Joanne Kasson

March 24, 2021

Once I saw that picture, many happy memories came rolling in. I remember the night you took Jodi and I to meet your uncle, and Gerry. The laughs were non- stop, as were the cocktails. They truly were the life of the party, and enjoyed life to the fullest. I know you have many memories in your heart.

Gary Schoonmaker

March 24, 2021

Unfortunately I have not seen much of Bill since our graduation, but he was a true friend and fellow classmate (1965) with a roar of a laugh and a great sense of humor to go with it. RIP my friend.

Marie Pimperl

March 24, 2021

To the Hartgrove Family:
Blount & Curry Funeral Home at Garden of Memories extends its heartfelt condolences. Our sympathy and thoughts are with you.
Marie Pimperl,
Director of First Impressions

Annie O'Mara

March 24, 2021

I loved hearing Bill's stories about working in NYC. I'm very sorry to hear of his passing. Your family is in my thoughts.