William Simonsen

William Simonsen

Wednesday, June 27th, 1928 Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

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Obituary for William Alfred Simonsen

Simonsen, William A of Egg Harbor Township NJ passed away on July 23, 2019 at the age of 91. Born in Atlantic City to Helmer Revere and Madeleine Susan (nee McGlinsey), Bill grew up in Atlantic City. He enlisted in the Marines, attended Trenton State College; then was recalled to the USMC, and finished his education at Rutgers. He married June M. Walton during these hectic years. They had five children: Kathleen Swisher, Patricia Susan (deceased) William, Robert (Pattie), James (Karen), and grandchildren Katie, Kara, Loryn. Nik, Joe, Ken, Willie, Jaime, and Joel, 2 great grandchildren Xavier (deceased) and Austin. He was predeceased by his sister-in-law Patsy Walton, his daughter-in-law Jacquline, and his great grandson, Xavier Acevedo.
Bill was employed at Lenox China for many years as an efficiency engineer, retiring as director of new products. Bill was happiest working in his workshop, especially when passing on his skills to his children, and later to his grandchildren. He was well-known as builder of catboats, sneakboxes and other small boats and boat models. He won many blue ribbon for these, and for restoring older wooden boats.
The family would like to thank Dr. Brian Gery and staff; and Dr; Barry Kimmel and staff for their guidance and care during the last few years
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of your choice.

Friends will be received at Adams-Perfect Funeral Home, 1650 New Road, Northfield NJ 08225 on Monday, July 29th between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, July 29th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Adams-Perfect Funeral Home
    1650 New Road
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    Monday, July 29th, 2019
    11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Service

    Monday, July 29th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Adams-Perfect Funeral Home
    1650 New Road
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    Monday, July 29th, 2019
  • Interment

    Holy Cross Cemetery (Mays Landing)
    5061 Harding Highway
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Betsy Hall

So sorry for your loss, Bob. Sending you hugs.
Comment | Posted at 10:53am via Condolence

Louis and Mary Margaret Polisano

Kathy, we would like to extend our condolences for the passing of your father. May he rest in peace.

Mary Margaret and Lou Polisano
Comment | Posted at 08:39am via Condolence

James FitzPatrick

Bill Simonsen was a colleague of my father’s for many years at Lenox China so I had the privilege of meeting him several times during my childhood. Mostly it was to see and admire his latest creation. Such a craftsman. The only reason I know what a sneakbox or a catboat is is because I saw them being built in his West Atlantic City garage. The world has lost a special talent but he leaves a precious legacy behind. Rest in peace Mr. Simonsen and my heartfelt condolences to his family.

James FitzPatrick
Comment | Posted at 10:52am via Condolence

ira r fonorow

I am sorry to hear of the loss of Bill Simonsen. I will miss his presence at the xmas breakfasts. He had great stories of Lenox and boat building. A true artist and craftsman who passed his gifts on. A man who I admired who always seemed to have a genuine interest in my work and family. May he RIP and take solace in the memories of life well lived.
Bob Fonorow
Comment | Posted at 03:22pm via Condolence

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