William “Bill” Calvin Marion, 70, husband of Brenda G. (Johnson) Marion, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 13, 2022, at his home in Gilbertsville.
Born in Hackensack, NJ, and raised in nearby Rutherford, he was the son of the late John Calvin Marion and Ruth (Long) Marion.
Bill graduated from Rutherford High School where he was a star athlete, especially in wrestling. He won many awards including Bergen County champion for his weight class two years in a row. His athletic success led him to West Chester State College where he majored in Physical Education. He received his Bachelors and Master’s degrees from West Chester and later went to the University of Pennsylvania to obtain his administrator certificate.
Family was his biggest joy in life. He especially enjoyed spending time with his two grandchildren who he nicknamed the king and the princess and who lovingly referred to him as “Bepa.” Golf was another big passion. After he retired, he enjoyed being part of the Brookside Geezer Golf group and a golf highlight was his visit to Pebble Beach where he had a private tour of the course. In his down time, he enjoyed gardening, caring for his yard and cars, cheering on the New York Yankees and spending time with his furry companions. He also greatly enjoyed taking family vacations and traveling with friends. Highlights include a trip to Normandy Beach to see where his father landed on D-Day and the trip to California with his family to celebrate his and Brenda’s 40th wedding anniversary. He spent his career in education, first as a teacher and then as a principal for a total of 34 years, most of which were spent at Spring Ford School District. His early years were spent in the Souderton and Owen J. Roberts School Districts. He was well respected and loved by those who had the privilege of working with him. Bill was a longtime member of Brookside Country Club and attended New Hanover United Methodist Church.
Surviving along with his wife Brenda of 48 years, is his daughter Kristyn M. McAghon, wife of Michael; his son Jamie Calvin Marion, husband of Judy; brother Douglas L. Marion, husband of Lynn; grandchildren Kieran John McAghon and Aislyn Grace McAghon. He was much loved by his extended family including his brothers and sisters-in-law, his many nieces and nephews and his furry companion, Bella. He is predeceased by his nephew Gregory T. Marion.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 21, 2022, at 11:00 AM at New Hanover United Methodist Church (2211 Swamp Pike Gilbertsville, PA 19525) with Pastor Gil Vining officiating. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30-11:00 AM. A visitation will also be held on Thursday, October 20, 2022, from 6:00-8:00 at PM at Catagnus Funeral Home (1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville, PA 19525). Burial will be held privately by the family at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (https://www.nationalmssociety.org/) or to the Montgomery County SPCA (https://montgomerycountyspca.org/) in Bill’s name.