William Frederick Hoover

January 3, 1948February 17, 2021

William Frederick {Bill) Hoover passed away on February 17, 2021. He was born on Staten Island, NY on January 3, 1948. In 1950, he moved with his parents Edgar G. and Carolyn Yawger Hoover to Garwood, NJ.

As soon as he was old enough, he got "working papers", and started washing pots and pans at Tillie's Restaurant. From shoveling snow to cleaning debris out of the creek, there wasn't a job he wasn't wining to do. One of his favorite jobs was working at Nick's Pizzeria.

He graduated from Arthur L. Johnson Regional High School and immediately joined The United States Coast Guard. He expected to spend his time taking the small boat out, putting an "Out of Service" sign up and fishing in Shark River Inlet. But, Vietnam happened. He volunteered to go for the good of our Country. He served aboard the USCGC Point Orient and Point Gammon, and spotted the first gun fire that the USS New Jersey put out. The primary job of his unit was to patrol the rivers (think "Apocalypse Now"). When he returned from Vietnam, he finished his service at Captain of the Port New York.

He was an original Plank Owner and first President of The Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association.

In September, 1970, Bill started his career with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as a Buildings and Grounds attendant at The Holland Tunnel. In January 1971, he received his appointment to The Port Authority Police Department. He was an instructor at The Police Academy; K-9 Coordinator and head of Manpower Planning. The best years of his career was time spent at J>ATH as a patrolman, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. PATH was the epitome of the term "brotherhood".

In January 1996, he retired and relocated to Las Vegas, NV.

He attended night school for seven and one-half years, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from The College of New Jersey (previously Trenton State College).

Of special note, after 9/11, he drove back to New Jersey and worked ''The Pile". He also returned to Manpower Planning, and created the schedules for the PAPD officers. He was one of 99 retirees who returned to "help out".

He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Libby; his rescue dog, Gracie; our nephew and adopted daughter, Ed and Laine Sigmund, his brother, James; his aunts, Doris Woolsey and Clara Schutz; his cousins Barbara Imbimbo, Paul Brookes, Carol Parise, Elsie Donohue, Eileen Donohue; many second and third cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following organizations:

USCG Mutual Assistance, 1005 N. Glebe Road, suite 220, Arlington, VA 22201-5718

Widows and Children's Fund, c/o PA PBA, 611 Palisade Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Vegas Shepherd Rescue, 2620 Regatta Drive, Suite 102, Las Vegas, NV 89128

Services will take place in New Jersey.


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Joanne Ross

February 28, 2021

I am so sorry. My God bless you with fond memories of your husband.

Cheryl Warren

February 26, 2021

I couldn’t possibly have enough time or space to share my multitude of memories of my dear friend Bill. I will say he was an amazing man and friend to all. Everyone he met felt the love that generated from him. It was such a pleasure working with him at PATH for many years and having him with us at the saddest time of our lives, 9/11. He traveled so far to be with us, his PATH family to help and comfort us all even though he was hurting as much as we were. He will never be forgotten and his memory will live forever in our hearts. He will be welcomed into the loving arms of everyone who has left us too soon.
Until we meet again my dear friend, love you so much and we will look after your/our precious Libby 🙏😪

Dennis Frederick

February 26, 2021

Bill, it was a pleasure working with you. You were truly one of the finest! Until we meet again, rest in peace 🙏

Your friend,

John Mariano

February 24, 2021

Bill was a great human being. Long after he retired he came back to help his department, The Port Authority of NY & NJ, during the 9-11 crisis. He helped me personally during a very stressful time and brought some sense and order to a chaotic circumstance. Rest Bill, I will think of you. JM

Bill Pettek

February 23, 2021

Bill was a good friend, Shipmate, and Brother, That gave so much of himself to help others. It is an honor to be able to say I served alongside such a Great man. Bravo Zulu Gunney, you gave your all, now it’s time to Rest In Peace!

Barbara ( Sturgis) Walker

February 22, 2021

So very sorry for the loss of your husband. My thoughts love and prayers are with you. Barbara


February 21, 2021

Walt Stewart

February 21, 2021

So Sorry to hear about Bill. Bill and I met in the 1st grade at Washington School in Garwood, NJ and went thru high school together.
We had many fun times growing up. I remember being yelled at by his dad as many times as my dad for waking him up after the midnight shift at the Port Authority Police. Being together on the First Aid Squad, we were yelled at there also, and just hanging out together.
He was a good man and friend and like a brother.


Barbara Flesher

February 20, 2021

I grew up with Bill Hoover and his family in Garwood, New Jersey. . He was a great friend and will be greatly missed.
May he RIP. I look forward to seeing him again one day in heaven.
My condolences to you, Libby and Gracie. And also to the rest of the Hoover family. Barb Flesher


February 20, 2021

Libby we are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing & for your loss, Bill has no more leg pains. We 1st met at GM-Ordnance school Groton. We hit it off, we played any type of card games, with anyone who would play, usually against Larry Chaney TX & Bob Montgomery GA while in gm school 4/17-8/16/67. I use to bust on him about the job he did before USCG, think it was for corner picking up bodies. I caught up with Bill when he was on the Castle Rock Boston & I was at COTP Boston, then again when we went to WAR, he in Division-12 Da Nang Vietnam Squadron#1 in 9/68-1/69. I spent most of my time in Div-11 & Div-13. We last spoke a couple weeks back going over my wife & I having big fight with COVID-19 & winning/surviving the virus, it had kicked my ass 1st week, in hosp. care 3 weeks. Bill "YOU WILL BE MISSED"