William B Chuma

September 23, 1927July 20, 2017
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William "Bill" Chuma, 89, of Binghamton, NY passed away peacefully on July 20, surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Joy; his loving children, Michele Linda Wasser (Thomas) and Richard William Chuma; grandchildren Matthew Wasser (Amy), Jennifer Wasser (Matthew Greninger), Ashley Bartlett (Adam) and Shawna Dougher (Michael); brother John Chuma (Rose) and sisters Mary Murray (John E.) and Helen Rosalie Ashbery (James); as well as eleven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Bill was born in Binghamton and graduated from Binghamton High School and Broome Community College. He was the Purchasing Director of the City of Binghamton before then owning and operating several small businesses, including a local municipal parking lot, a sandwich shop and a designer women's dress shop. At a very young age, Bill became a car aficionado and his enthusiasm for automobiles rubbed off on his family. Bill and Joy moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL in 1971 and made a happy home for themselves for the next 26 years. Bill created and implemented the community service program of Fort Lauderdale, which later served as a model for other such programs nationwide. He was known to many as "the grandfather" as he offered words of wisdom and encouragement to anyone he encountered, solicited or not. A true gentleman, he was an impeccable dresser who emphasized the importance of one's personal appearance, proper etiquette and pride in ownership. Bill and Joy retired to Binghamton in 1997 where they became active members of social organizations such as a wine club, garden club, Macintosh computer club and Bonsai tree club. Bill wanted to spend his latter years with family and he devoted all of his time and energy into doing just that. He was known for his Chinese food and garlic obsessions, propensity for hot sauces, satisfying his sweet tooth with ice cream and sharing newspaper clippings and corresponding life lessons with his grandchildren. Bill and Joy loved to travel, having visited Colombia, England and Ireland. While traveling near the Blarney Stone wearing a flat cap and kelly green blazer, Bill was mistaken to be an Irish local despite having no Irish blood in him! Bill happily returned to St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church later in life and led his family in proudly celebrating their Russian and Hungarian heritage. Above all else, Bill was happiest spending time with his family and was known for reminding all loved ones that "we are blessed" and "family is everything." He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know and love him. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at Wm. R. Chase & Son Funeral Home, 737 Chenango Street, Port Dickinson, NY 13901. A memorial service will immediately follow. Burial will follow at Chenango Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, in Williams honor please consider donations to Lourdes at home, 4102 Old Vestal Road, Vestal NY 13850.


  • Calling Hours Tuesday, July 25, 2017
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, July 25, 2017

William B Chuma

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Richard Bedosky

July 27, 2017

I do not generally look at the obituaries. In doing so today I saw the passing of Bill. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Joy and the entire family. Dr. Richard Bedosky

John Okoniewski

July 23, 2017

Joy. So sorry to hear of your loss.l knew Bill in earlier years as his brother Mike and I were the best of friends during our school years. My condolences to you and the entire family.

Patty Martin Taggart

July 23, 2017

Rick, my sincere condolences. And a beautiful tribute to your dad.

JoAnne Thornton

July 23, 2017

I my very deepest condolences. I remember your husband fondly when you would attend DUVCW meetings. He was a very sweet man. May he now rest among the stars that gaze down upon you. ~ Prayers be with you.

Deb andbob Smith

July 22, 2017

I've always thought of you two as in- laws even after my divorce. I loved you then and I love you now! I've always had the utmost respect for your kindness. Bill you have touched so many hearts in such a positive and powerful way and I was surely proud to be your daughter-in-law. May Gods blessings fill your heart with joy in your new place in heaven. You'll be missed tremendously but never forgotten. Love you Basil Deb and Bob

Robert Smith

July 22, 2017

Dear Joy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Bob and Barbara