William R. Park

Engineman 2nd Class

New Castle , PA.

William Robert Park, 85, of New Castle, PA, passed away the morning of August 28, 2016 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

William was born on June 4, 1931, at his family home on Chestnut Street in New Castle, to the late Robert K. and Norma G. Smith Park. He married the former Bonnie Lee Ross on October 30, 1957. She survives.

Mr. Park worked at the Johnson Bronze Company, Penn Power and was a consultant to First Energy Corp. in Akron, OH. Bill was a 1948 graduate of New Castle High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1954 as an Engineman 2nd Class aboard the USS SKAGIT AKA-105. Upon his return, Mr. Park attended Youngstown State University on the G.I. Bill.

Bill had a great sense of humor and a way of developing new friendships wherever he went. He became an avid runner in his 50's and continued running and placing in many local 5-k races well into his 70's. Mr. Park also enjoyed traveling and had a life-long love of the sea and the beach, from Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH, in his youth to the many trips he took with his own family to the California coast and Wildwood, NJ.

In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his daughter, Nancy C. Natale and her husband, Robert of New Castle; his son, Todd C. Park and his wife Karen, of Harrisburg, PA and 3 grandchildren, Tyler C. Park, Nicole M. Natale and Amanda R. Natale. He was preceded in passing by his parents.

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held on Thursday, September 1, from 6-9 pm at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 2429 Wilmington Rd.

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Memorial Service

Thursday, September 01, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

R. Cunningham Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
2429 Wilmington Road
New Castle, Pennsylvania 16105