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William U. Thatcher

June 8, 1934February 13, 2021
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William 'Bill' Thatcher, 86, Served in Marine Corps and Army Reserve, loved football. William "Bill" Thatcher, 86 ,of Castleton Corners passed away on February 13, 2021. Bill was a man who loved life and those around him. He loved talking to people, loved traveling and could always just join right into any conversation sharing his own stories. Bill proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps and then continued his service with the Army Reserves. His love for football was tremendous and his love for coaching children for 30 years did not go unnoticed. Throughout his coaching career at SIBFL he coached over one thousand kids and had the number one team in the nation in 1972 called the Stumble Inn Rams. Although these young boys moved on to high school and then college they never forgot their Coach and the lifelong lessons he taught them. Bill also never forgot the boys and it showed with the big smile on his face whenever he would see one of his former players. He loved them all. Bill worked as a crane operator for the NYC Department of Sanitation until his retirement in 1993. Bill is predeceased by his wife Ellen of 66 years. He is survived by his three sons, Kevin and his wife Kathy, Timothy and his wife Kathy and William U.III, along with eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 16th, 4pm-7pm @ Harmon Funeral Home Staten Island 10310. Burial will take place at St. Peters Cemetery on Wednesday, February 17th @11 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation in William's memory to Tunnel to Towers Foundation or St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Memories

William U. Thatcher

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Jake Shein

February 20, 2021

Bill ,You were a great coach to so many .My boys will always remember you and have with them values you taught. That goes for me as well. It was my privilege to be able to be one of your assistant coaches.
Rest in Peace, SEMPER FI

Mark Bermingham

February 19, 2021

I was having a few drinks with your Da (I’ve had more than a few). We were in a club in Jacksonville, it had an upstairs.

Sitting at the bar he says, hey and motions towards the dance floor (there was also staircase).

“I’ve no interest in dancing with ya Billy”... and he gave me his “look”. We laugh, and he tells me there’s a photo of him hanging on the wall upstairs. “You’re sitting right in front of me... what do I need to see a photo for”?.... I get the “look” again and we laugh.

I follow him upstairs and he’s having trouble finding the photo. “Stop telling lies Billy.... be gone Satan” !!! And he’d just shake his head. THEN all of a sudden he finds it and the biggest smile comes across his face. That’s me leaning in on the right hand side....!!

“That’s pretty cool Billy but who’s the dude in the middle”?

And he cracks up laughing. I get no “look” he’s just laughing and shaking his head. We go back to the bar.

Billy Thatcher was a good man... I know this because I’ve been around “a few good men”. The guy in the middle of the photo was Lewis “Chesty” Puller.

Jill, Steve & Stephen Guerra

February 18, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss....Our thoughts and prayers are with your family...Rest in peace Mr. & Mrs. Thatcher

Ruth & Don Simmons

February 17, 2021

Kevin & Kathy,

Our thoughts are with you in your time of grief. Your loss saddens us as we pray you are engulfed in the love of Jesus in this trying time.

James LaTour

February 16, 2021

The last time I saw Mister T was about six years ago. I was visiting my brother Robert in Fort Lauderdale and he told me Mister T was in town and where I might find him. I want to a bar and found him sitting at the bar. When he saw me cone through the door he smile at me hayyy Jim. We hadn't seen each other in over thirty years. He had no idea I was coming. I was so glad I made the effort to find him and have a beer.

Maureen Gallo

February 16, 2021

Bill & Nell, You will be sorely missed and in our hearts forever. As our neighbors for over 50 years, you were there for us anytime day or night. We will miss coming over and talking with you. Your presence was felt by everyone who stepped foot on Rice Avenue. Rice Ave. will never be the same without you. You lite up the neighborhood with your laughter and at Christmas you shined with the speaker out the front window and angels singing giving everyone a true spirit of Christmas. Thank you for always being there and the memories. Your ways and actions brought kindness and joy. We were so blessed to have known and loved you. Time will never erase you from our minds and hearts.
JMJ blessings Love " The Ward Sisters " Maureen, Pat & Diane

Stephanie Thatcher

February 16, 2021

To my grandpa,
I’m so blessed to be your first grandchild, thank you for all the wonderful years! I will always remember you n nana coming to visit us each summer, us kids would wait for you to arrive on the corner of our block we would wait watching for your car. We spent a lot of time down by the pool, getting chased by the predatory “shark” which was grandpa, or playing chicken! One of my fondest memories was riding the Ferris wheel at Coney Island with you and nana, eating Nathan’s hotdogs n listening to your stories! I’m gonna miss you both so much, but I find comfort in knowing we will meet again. Love you guys!

Maurice Howard

February 15, 2021

My sincere condolences to the Thatcher family. Bill will always be remembered by anyone that had the honor to be in his company. A man that was bigger than life. I can recall many pleasant memories shared with Bill and Nell. Sad they are no longer here. They will live forever in the hearts of many.

Anthony Budrow

February 15, 2021

My deepest condolences for the families loss. I did not know Mr. Thatcher, but I do know his son, Kevin who is a wonderful respectful and polite man. Without a doubt Mr. Thatcher glowed with pride in his family.

Rest peacefully Sir.

All my respect
Tony

David Singhal in Florida

February 15, 2021

Bill, thank you for the decades of your friendship and great times that you have given me. You and Nell opening up your home to Linda and I, and sharing your family's 4th of July with us on the ferry is just one of so many indelible memories that I will keep in my heart forever. I will miss you so much my friend - until we meet again...