William Dabbs

William R Dabbs Jr.

Saturday, May 17th, 1930 - Saturday, June 20th, 2020
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Dabbs Jr, William “Bill” R. – 90 – of Mays Landing, NJ (formerly of Waterford, MI) Passed away peacefully on June 20, 2020 at The Samaritan Hospice Center in Voorhees, NJ. Bill lived in MI for more than 60 years, until he moved to NJ in 2015 to be closer to family. Bill served in the U.S. Army as a Medic during the Korean War and loved patriotic music. He had many jobs throughout his life: working for Pontiac Motor, Pontiac State Hospital and Washington Mutual Insurance Co. Eventually, his career took him to a position with the Federal Government as a Defense Contract Administrator where he retired in 1988. Following retirement, he worked at Sears, and finally did volunteering for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, which helped fulfill his desire to help others. He enjoyed planning, building things, teaching his daughters how to care for their cars and garden, also photography and painting. Bill’s true passion was singing, of which he was a member of the Pontiac-Waterford Big Chief Barbershop Chorus for 45 years. As a “barbershopper” he sang baritone in several quartets. He truly loved the outings at Christmas time and was able to continue singing while in NJ, performing at his place of residence, Woodview Estates. His parents, Blanche & William R. Dabbs Sr., his loving wife, Betty (McMiller) Dabbs, and several siblings precede him in death. Bill is survived by: his daughters Diane (Ed) Nowak and Karen (Tom) Pericles; granddaughters Kayla & Allison Nowak; brother R. Joseph (Jane) Dabbs; sister-in-law, Doris “Jane” Turner, and many loving nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends. A private memorial service will be held at a later date with interment of ashes back in his beloved state of MI. Memories and expressions of sympathy for William Dabbs, Jr. may be shared at obituary page.
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    Seaside Crematory
    Thomas Drive
    MARMORA, NJ 08223
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Donna Bevington

Posted at 04:50pm
My name is Donna and I was stage manager for the Big Chief Chorus fall show for over 20 years. I always enjoyed talking to Bill, he was always a gentleman. He is missed in the chorus. My sympathies to you all.

Diane Nowak Posted at 06:56pm

Thank you Donna for you kind words! Dad loved his Barbershop music above all other hobbies. He kept up the singing the best he could. We appreciate you remembering him! ~Diane Nowak

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