William Ullmann Pulsifer

July 5, 1927February 16, 2021

William Ullmann Pulsifer, age 93, of Naples, Florida, Rochester, NY, and Old Forge, NY, passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on February 16, 2021 at his home in Naples.

He was born in Rochester, NY on July 5, 1927, to Libby and Doris (Ullmann) Pulsifer. Bill graduated from Brighton High School in 1945 and enlisted in the army, where he served for 18 months in the Panama Canal Zone. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester in 1950, he worked for nearly 30 years at the Rochester Times Union, one of Gannett’s flagship newspapers. Starting as a copy boy, he became a sports writer, reporter, and senior editor, and was part of a Times Union Pulitzer-Prize winning team. He enjoyed a long and active retirement that included many adventures at home and abroad; he said he didn’t understand how he had ever had time to work.

Bill met the love of his life, Barbara, in high school; they married on December 22, 1952, and in over 67 years of marriage they were never apart for more than a few days. Together they raised five boys and two girls. Family was always the center of their lives.

Music filled Bill’s life and was a gift he shared with his family and friends. A superb pianist, he co-founded the Beale Street Bandwagon, a Rochester Dixieland band. Bill and Barbara were regular patrons at Tanglewood, the Rochester Philharmonic, and Artis Naples. He was an avid reader with boundless curiosity and a great lover of language, with a real journalist’s eye for expression and syntax. A devout Catholic, he rarely missed daily Mass when able to drive. He was a skilled and avid golfer starting in high school; a testament to his dedication to family is that he gave up the sport until his children were grown. He was a kind, gentle, and positive person with a wry sense of humor, loved by all.

Bill was predeceased in May 2020 by his wife Barbara. He is survived by his children, Peter (Margaret) Pulsifer, James Pulsifer, Andrew Pulsifer, Mary Beth (Robert) Pszonak, Timothy (Jackie) Pulsifer, Ellen (David) Ervin, William (Kari) Pulsifer, Jr.; grandchildren Libby, Daniel, Maggie, Brendan, Tessa, Thatcher, Matthew, Alana, Ben, Kathryn, Catie, Sarah, and Michael; great-granddaughter Amelia; and his sisters, Susanne Colson and Linda Ellis.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on July, 2, 2021 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Penfield, NY,


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Maureen Couture

February 24, 2021

One of the luckiest moments of my life occurred when my husband and I moved to Fl, joined Quail Creek CC.......took my first tennis lessons ......ended up playing team tennis with Barbara as my partner. I loved her immediately, and then I met Bill. Always so full of energy and much fun.....and both so bright. I knew immediately that I was in the presence of two very special people.....and I felt so lucky to call them my friends. My heart aches for the family that meant everything to these special people who are dealing with this difficult loss, to Peter, MaryBeth,Timothy, Jaime, Christopher, Ellen and Andrew go my deepest sympathy. “To those we love in memory, our hearts give immortality.”

Chip Hooley

February 22, 2021

We are so sorry to hear about Bill's passing. He was such an exceptional person, always kind and energetic with a friendly greeting whenever we saw him.

He and Barbara were loved by our parents, Charlie and Nancy Hooley and together they enjoyed many of the wonderful experiences of living in Quail Creek.

Charlie and Nancy had a special place in their hearts for Bill and Barbara as some of their most cherished friends in Florida. Charlie and Nancy always talked about how excited they were to see the Pulsifers each time they returned to Florida in the fall.

After Charlie's passing, Bill and Barbara showed their kindness and generosity once again, taking Nancy to dinner and to church, which she valued so dearly.

Bill and Barbara will be greatly missed!

The Hooley Family

Molly Beresford

February 22, 2021

My memories of Bill go back to the 1930's when his sister, Sue, and I were (and still are) bosom buddies. Bill was the much admired older brother who tolerated we giggling "little girls". He was always the brother I never had. What a full and wonderful life he enjoyed and shared with others.
My condolences to all who were fortunate enough to know and love him.

Kay Ryder

February 21, 2021

Richard and I met Barbara and Bill Pulsifer at UR events in FL. They were a lovely couple---full of life and busy all the time.
We also met them for lunch many times in Naples . It was fun to talk with them about Rochester, UR , music, our families and the world in general.

They were intelligent , peppy and good people. We will miss them,

I had the honor of reading Barbara's name when she received her Medallion from the UR . She was proud and smiling like always.

I will always think of them together. Sincerely Kay and Richard Ryder

robert enright

February 20, 2021

We usually only saw Bill at "Ehmann" family funtions. He and Barbara were very loyal to the Ehmann clan. Bill was always very frindly and I alaways enjoyed his conversations. We are going to miss Bill and Barbara. Margie and I extend our sincerest sympathy to all of the Pulsiver family, Hopefully we will see some of the Pulsivers next summer at the famous Ehmann clambake

Joe Donohue

February 19, 2021

He was a beautiful soul, perhaps my favorite of my Dad's countless friends and truth be told, I think his best friend.. I loved both He and Barbara .I saw them often at St Joe's, and every single time they asked about all of us Donohues.
He was a humble, simple man who lived a great life...

Julie Thaney

February 19, 2021

Pulsifers -
Sending warm thoughts and condolences from all of the Donohues. The friendship between our fathers started almost at birth and our Dad would always refer to "Pulsy" as his oldest and most devoted of friends. His photo albums are full of pictures of them together at one of his earliest birthday parties (which was featured in the Rochester newspaper), high school days, and as usher in our parents wedding. Your Dad was the last friend to visit our Dad the day before he died, and he sat quietly holding his hand like old friends do. Such a beautiful and kind man. Glad that he is reunited with your Mom. How lucky you have all been to have this man as your father! Sincerely Julie Donohue Thaney

Jack Kreckel

February 18, 2021

Bill and Barbara were dear friends of the University of Rochester and in particular the Newman Community. Their love for each other, and their family, was exemplary. They made the most out of life. Bill and Barbara will be dearly missed. My deepest sympathy to the family.