OBITUARY

William P. Slon

July 14, 1940March 29, 2021

William P. Slon, of Buffalo, went home to be with the Lord on March 29, 2021 at age 80. Beloved husband of 51 years to Kathleen (nee Snyder) Slon; devoted father of Michael (Holly Vradenburgh) Slon and Karen (Chip Asbury) Slon; cherished grandfather of Matthew Asbury; loving son of the late Walter and Mary Slon; dear brother-in-law of Eileen Snyder, Kevin (Nanci Lilga) Snyder, James (Steven Feldman) Snyder and the late John (Virginia) Snyder; also survived by loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Bill Slon grew up in the Kaisertown neighborhood of Buffalo, and graduated from Canisius High School in 1957. He next pursued theological studies as a Jesuit seminarian, leaving the order a decade later. In 1969, he married Kathie Snyder, with whom he celebrated more than 50 years of marriage and parenthood. He also dedicated 33 years to service as a high school math teacher in the Buffalo public schools (also earning a masters from SUNY Fredonia), and was active as a church musician, lector and eucharistic minister in several Catholic parishes through the years. Following retirement, he enjoyed book clubs, ushering for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, faithfully visiting family and attending his son’s concerts, following the Buffalo sports teams, and cheerfully cooking.

Relatives and friends may visit the DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA FUNERAL HOME, 3070 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, on Monday (April 5, 2021) from 5-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St., Buffalo on Tuesday (April 6, 2021) at 11am. Please assemble at church. Mass can be livestreamed at https://youtu.be/4AFN6mqi_z8. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. A celebration of Bill's life will also be held at a later date.

In compliance with the public health guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic, services will be monitored to limit gathering sizes based on the most current recommendations. Face masks required.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to faith-based, educational, and musical organizations and charities in his honor.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

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Bill Werdel

April 7, 2021

Bill was the gentlest man I ever knew. Rest in peace, brother.

John Bergin

April 5, 2021

Our heartfelt sympathy on Bill's passing. We will be thinking of you & your family (and watching) on Tuesday. My Lord, where has the time gone...
John & Betty Bergin
Schenectady

In paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem. Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.

Marie Stevens

April 5, 2021

It was with great sadness when I looked at yesterday’s Buffalo paper and read about Bill’s passing. I am at my home in FL but I can assure you it is at times like these that I wish I was home to remember and mourn with you all. Bill had such a profound impact on my life during my years at St. Vincent de Paul Church sharing music ministry with him. He was my teacher, mentor and dear, dear friend. I am glad that I got to see Kathy and him at Philharmonic concerts and Sunday mass at our parish - St. Joe’s. What a pleasure it was for me to see Karen in a high school musical and many years later, to be at one of Michael’s concerts. Our lives were shared. If I were home, I would wish to sing Bill’s version of “The Lord’s My Shepherd” that I sang at their wedding. I will be with you all in spirit and watch from my home here. Marie Maggiotto Stevens

Sue Ann and David Dunford/ Pantalone

April 4, 2021

We wish that life had given Bill good health for many more years. To know Bill was an honor for he was kind, gentle, talented, deeply spiritual, funny, gracious, and so much more. He had the capacity to listen and support without judgment or attachment to any particular outcome. The memories of times shared with Bill, Kathie, Michael, Karen and the entire Snyder-Slon Families are treasured beyond description.

For those who may remember Bill’s trip with the Snyder clan to a grocery store in Candor, NY in the late 1970s, you may expect that when Bill arrived at heaven’s gate, he announced to St. Peter that he would “buy whole place”. Heartfelt condolences and love are extended to his entire family and enormous circle of friends.

Ronald Schmitz

April 4, 2021

It was a pleasure to know Bill and sing with him in the St. Joseph's Contemporary Music Ensemble. My best wishes go out to Kathie for peace in the days ahead.

Anthony Rozak

April 4, 2021

Bill Slon is my first cousin who was born in July, ten months after I was in September. We grew up together and played at my home on Metcalfe Street, and at at his homes on Miller Ave, Barnard Street, at Humboldt Park and at Schiller Park, at the seminary on the Hudson, and at his home on Wallace Ave. He was a friend I always wanted to play with. Easy to get along with, but not willing to let me beat him in tennis or any other competitive activity. We both spent years at Catholic seminaries and many years teaching. Mary, Bill’s mother was my Godmother. Bill was very much like his father Walter, who was kind, gentile, and generous. Uncle Walter was often willing to give us kids some change or costly gifts. In spite of Bill’s difficulties living in a nursing home, challenged with speaking, he was always kind and cheerful.

I extend my heartfelt sympathies to the Kathleen, Michael and Bill’s family and close friends. For some of us, some sooner than others, I hope that we can join Bill enjoying each other with our resurrected Christ in Heaven.

James Deiotte

April 4, 2021

I have known Bill for many years, and I am deeply grateful for having been a friend. He could read me in my work, make suggestions, and look at me in very kind and supportive ways when I was overwhelmed by this or that. He is still a teachers teacher... in my heart and soul, as I age I catch up to much of the deeper wisdom of his kind soul; he was a giant of gentle strength with kind loving vision. Bill loved his wife so much, and his children, and continue to practice his profound deep faith as a Roman Catholic is the way of the good shepherd. I feel his kind eyes and smile, and his every unconditional love for all, though he suffered always in pain as per problems In his back. Unconditional love to me is present, always, it does not die, it is part of Gods blessing, Given to us and to share. Sad as I am this day, I can literally see him and feel this kindness from him that always gave comfort to my soul. always.. I wish I could have been more like him... I felt him a mentor in spirit in my work... the sad, we lost him here in this place, the happy, we know he is in the line of unconditional love as part of God and we can feel is resurrection this very day.

Tony Cofrancesco

April 4, 2021

My heartfelt sympathies to the family and close friends of Bill.
Bill was a dedicated teacher and always the consummate gentleman. I taught with Bill at Lafayette high school for many years but last saw him at a BPO concert where he was volunteering as an usher. I will remember Bill as a decent and honorable man who was always willing to listen to and help others. May he rest in eternal peace.

Sandy Levinthal

April 4, 2021

Bill was such a loving, wonderful, spiritual and caring friend. He always had a smile on his face and was always willing to help. We shall sorely miss his presence but rejoice that he is sharing his talents in the heavenly choir. Our prayers and deepest sympathy to Kathy and family.

Kathy O'Keefe

April 2, 2021

Bill and I were classmates in the first Lay Leadership Development in the Church Program at D'Youville. He was thought-ful, reflective, kind, and very talented with a twinkle in his eye and the Spirit in his heart. His example of discipleship often comes to mind and inspires me. Bill's presence is a great blessing that will continue within all who knew him! My sympathy and prayers for consolation to his family...

Biography

William P. Slon, of Buffalo, went home to be with the Lord on March 29, 2021 at age 80. Beloved husband of 51 years to Kathleen (nee Snyder) Slon; devoted father of Michael (Holly Vradenburgh) Slon and Karen (Chip Asbury) Slon; cherished grandfather of Matthew Asbury; loving son of the late Walter and Mary Slon; dear brother-in-law of Eileen Snyder, Kevin (Nanci Lilga) Snyder, James (Steven Feldman) Snyder and the late John (Virginia) Snyder; also survived by loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Bill Slon grew up in the Kaisertown neighborhood of Buffalo, and graduated from Canisius High School in 1957. He next pursued theological studies as a Jesuit seminarian, leaving the order a decade later. In 1969, he married Kathie Snyder, with whom he celebrated more than 50 years of marriage and parenthood. He also dedicated 33 years to service as a high school math teacher in the Buffalo public schools (also earning a masters from SUNY Fredonia), and was active as a church musician, lector and eucharistic minister in several Catholic parishes through the years. Following retirement, he enjoyed book clubs, ushering for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, faithfully visiting family and attending his son’s concerts, following the Buffalo sports teams, and cheerfully cooking.

Relatives and friends may visit the DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA FUNERAL HOME, 3070 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, on Monday (April 5, 2021) from 5-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St., Buffalo on Tuesday (April 6, 2021) at 11am. Please assemble at church. Mass can be livestreamed at https://youtu.be/4AFN6mqi_z8. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. A celebration of Bill's life will also be held at a later date.

In compliance with the public health guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic, services will be monitored to limit gathering sizes based on the most current recommendations. Face masks required.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to faith-based, educational, and musical organizations and charities in his honor.