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Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home

145 East Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ

OBITUARY

William D. Pavia

November 13, 1939February 2, 2020
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William D. Pavia was a man of few words but impactful whenever he spoke. He often said, “I have a wonderful life” and “I am happy.” He was always focused, determined, up-lifting, generous to friends, family and those he never met. To his wife, Lisa, William was her rock, her Prince Charming, her “knight in shining armor”, and her one true love.

William, 80, of Livingston, NJ, unexpectedly passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at St. Barnabas Hospital in the early afternoon. He was surrounded by his wife, Lisa, her sister and her family, and Lisa’s friend and her fiancé.

William was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey with his brother Jack to Dr. John R. Pavia and his wife Mildred. During the war, Bill’s family resided in several locations including Pensacola, Florida and Burlington, Vermont. His father was a strong influence in his life and thus molded Bill’s character and values – to do what’s right, be strong, and always persevere.

William loved being a leader throughout his life and left long lasting relationships. He was most proud of being elected President of the Ironbound Business Association, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hospice in Glen Ridge, appointed Fire Commissioner of the City of East Orange and serving his country proudly as a member of the Deployable Specialized Force for the U.S. Coast Guard.

William was passionate about physical fitness (running and swimming), reading - and the need for speed. He enjoyed his high-end cars and boats which included his Rolls Royce, Bentley, Mercedes, Jaguars, Maserati - and is favorite the Corvette. He loved his Donzis and his yacht named Zanadu.

Family meant the world to him. But no one impacted his life and heart more than his wife, Lisa. From the moment he saw her nearly 24 years ago, he fell in love, married her in 2009 and told her almost every day until the day he went to heaven how much he loved her.

What we’ll remember most about William is his honesty, compassion, humor, discipline, and positive nature.

William was a devoted husband of Lisa Pavia; loving brother of the late John “Jack” Pavia II and his wife Ann; dear brother-in-law of Albert Kuo and his wife Rhonda, Penny Edmiston and her husband Dave; cherished uncle of Jasmine and Brianna Kuo, and David and Taylor Edmiston. Bill also leaves behind many close family members, friends, and associates.

There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial Gathering on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Quinn Hopping Funeral Home, 145 E. Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ. To leave condolences for the family, and a complete obituary please visit www.quinnhoppingfuneral.com and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lisam.pavia)

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  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, February 22, 2020

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Diego Cano

February 21, 2020

First and foremost I would like to offer you and your family our deepest and most sincere condolences. We are wishing you much strength during this difficult time.

It has been my pleasure to work with your family. I wish there were words to express how deeply sorry I am for this great loss. 

Again, my sincerest sympathies to you and everyone affected by the loss of my friend Bill. I am grateful to have known him and his great character. His loyalty and respect have always been admirable, and I am thankful to have known him all these years. 

Mike Melhorn

February 21, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.  I am so sorry to hear of Bills passing.  I have always thought of Bill as a friend and am so glad I had the opportunity to speak with him a few weeks ago.  He always had an interesting story to share with me and I always admired him for his love and care of animals.  He will be missed.

Richard Huber

February 21, 2020

Bill and you were always there for me and my family so please let me if we can be of any help.

Gary Falkin, Esq.

February 21, 2020

My condolences to Lisa on Bill’s passing. I’ve been Bill’s attorney and friend since sometime in the 1970s, so our friendship extends well over 40 years. I think our first encounters involved an Atlantic City venture just after the casinos were built. We went down there several times and I remember after each business visit, we both enjoyed the boardwalk and wandering around the City. After that Bill got into the employee placement business and I continued to represent him. We also continued our friendship even after his retirement and I can recall the many times thereafter that we just talked about business, world events and good times. In his earlier days, as Steve Martin would say, Bill was one wild, fun and crazy guy!

Bill always took a liking to cars. He always admired sports cars and he bought many of them. Even in his last years he was driving a Maserati and then a Corvette. I also had several sports cars and we would always compare notes on our best cars. He was perpetual youth, at least in his mind! Maybe me also!

I remember when Bill met Lisa and they developed a close relationship and then married. I was sure that Bill would be a confirmed bachelor for life, but I was wrong. He met his true love and since then he has always expressed how they were meant for each other and how they enjoyed their times together.

I cherished both our business and personal friendship. We will all miss Bill.

Gary Falkin

Elisa Jones

February 21, 2020

I was only 12 when I met Bill, throughout the years I became a little sister to him. He would always give me words of encouragement and exposed me to a different lifestyle. He was so caring and funny. He cared for me and the rest of my family as if it were his own. I remember Juanita telling him that I was failing History my senior year of high school. Well, not on his watch. I stayed at their house for the next few weeks and Bill helped me study. Since I was failing "History" I heard a ton of military/war stories, he would always tell me how his dad was a doctor and would be on the battlefield sewing up men that were injured. The story that Bill was most tickled about is when I was only about 14 years old and Bill let me drive his Donzi. We were on the Hudson River headed towards the Statue of Liberty. Once we were close the Statue, Bill told me to take over. Well, that I did! We were there to see the "Statue of Liberty" and I wanted to see every detail. So I drove the boat as close as I could and all you could feel was a weird vibration under the boat. Well thousands and thousands of dollars later, Bill called me and was laughing as he told me that I broke one of the propellers on the boat because I got too close. He teased me about that for YEARS! Even as recent as a few months ago. Around the same age he let me drive his Rolls Royce, of course I didn't even have a driver's license but thanks to Juanita teaching me how to drive when I was 12 I had a little experience. Thank god that went well!

Bill and Lisa both were very supportive with helping Ahmir and Leila after Juanita's death. Bill continued to check in on me periodically to help me get through the loss of Juanita. He will always be remembered.

Love Always,
Elisha

Michael/Susan Parziale/Shevardnadze

February 20, 2020

I met Bill one day when I saw a fancy car pull up to my office. It was 1986. A well dressed well groomed fancy gentleman got out of the car and walked to the door of my office . I wondered who this important person was. As well groomed as he was on the outside, he was a much better person on the inside. Always calm, always there to help and a great listener. He found the love of his life in Lisa and later introduced her to our practice. H e loved talking to my nurse Susan.Susan always felt that it was mutual. Losing Bill is like losing a big piece of our past. He will be remembered always and will remain in our heart.

Rest In Peace, Bill

Ann Pavia

February 17, 2020

I was 15 years old and Bill was 8 when I began dating his brother, Jack. He was always like a brother to me throughout the many years since then. Always happy, funny, energetic, smart, generous and, of course, lovable. So many happy memories of great times together. His Sunday morning phone calls to brother, Jack, kept us closely, lovingly connected. He'll always be in our hearts.

Bill lived a happy, fulfilling life thanks to his loving, devoted wife, Lisa. May those happy memories fill her future days.

"Smooth sailing, Uncle Bil!"

Lovingly,

Annie and John

Cora Brina

February 16, 2020

I was deeply saddened to hear of Bill’s sudden passing. Bill was a wonderful, thoughtful, caring, generous person with a great sense of humor. Our friendship lasted for 45 years and I have many fond and funny memories to reflect upon. He always offered great counsel and was extremely supportive in every way.
Lisa, I hope that the outpouring of love you have received since Bill’s passing is a strong reminder to you of how much he was loved and respected by all who knew him.
Bill’s memory will be forever in my heart.
Rest In Peace my dear friend,
Cora Brina

Albert Kuo

February 15, 2020

Since I lived far away in Asia, I only saw Bill for a few hours once a year, but he always made the effort to speak to me with genuine interest, and I always felt welcomed.

Despite the long distances apart, I learned over time he was an accomplished business man, loved his NY sports (Yankees & Giants), was always active and fit, and lived a full life.

Bill was loved by all and left us too soon. May he rest in peace.

Albert.

Mike Melhorn

February 12, 2020

Bill was a great person and will be missed. I have known him for many years and always enjoyed working with him. My sympathy goes out to Lisa and those who loved him.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Bill joined the Coast Guard Special Forces engaged in “Search and Rescue”, was part of the Coast Guard Intelligence/Port Security in NY and received an Expert Medal in marksmanship.

FROM THE FAMILY

When it was time to do his duty, Bill decided to join the Coast Guard. It was a natural and obvious pairing for his love of the waters. Bill wore this cap every morning before he started is daily exercise routine.

FROM THE FAMILY

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is the coastal defense, search and rescue, and maritime law enforcement branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the country's eight uniformed services. Bill was part of an elite group - the Special Force Division of the U.S. Coast Guard.

FROM THE FAMILY

Bill received the U.S. Coast Guard Expert Pistol Marksmanship Medal.

The Marksmanship Medal is a decoration of the United States Navy and the Coast Guard and is the highest award one may receive for weapons qualification.

To qualify at the expert level, a superior score must be obtained on an approved weapons qualification course. Bill specialized expert level using a pistol.

FROM THE FAMILY

Bill and Lee of Park Tower Associates were active members of the Ironbound Business Association and were often seen networking at the Newark Club.

FROM THE FAMILY

First time Bill invited to me to the Ironbound Business Association at the Newark Club. Nelson remembered that evening when people saw me, they told Bill, “Wow, that’s your girlfriend? She’s beautiful!” That evening Bill was quick to whisk me away from anyone getting to close to me. Needless to say, I never had the opportunity to attend another Ironbound gathering.

FROM THE FAMILY

Bill loved being on a boat, enjoying the sun and fresh air. Here’s Lee and Bill back on June 8, 1991 where Park Tower Associates invited all their clients on a chartered yacht.

FROM THE FAMILY

Enjoying the sights of New York on the Liberty Cruise. We sailed past the Statue of Liberty and in the background, you can see the Twin Towers. Pictured from left to right: Mike and Ginny Miele, Tony Villanova, Bill, me, my sister Penny and her husband Dave.

FROM THE FAMILY

Bill was always proud to be born in Newark and at every opportunity wanted to share his love and enthusiasm for the city. None more evident than from when he was President of the Ironbound Business Association.