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“Bill” William Arthur Reiter of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. He was 79 years old.
Born in Wilmington, Delaware, he was the only child of the late A.(Arthur) William Reiter and the late Phylis Nilan Reiter.
Bill was a 1958 graduate of Kennett High School, where he participated in band and orchestra. He excelled in H.S. track & field and qualified for the Penn Relays. His love of music and dance, got Bill on American Bandstand, as the guy in the “white sportcoat and pink carnation". His love of music continued in early adulthood. As a known upright bass player, Bill professionally played anywhere and for many venues in Kennett. Following graduation, Bill served our Country in the U.S. Army. After basic training, he was stationed in Alaska, where he expedited material and coordinated supplies. He was honorably discharged in 1964. Upon returning to Kennett Square, Bill began his working career with General Motors at their Boxwood Road Plant as the Traffic Transportation Coordinator supporting production and supply replenishment. He retired in 1992 after 30 years of devoted service. Bill continued working in "retirement" at Reino's Printing, Clifton Mills Antique Shop and later helping Pat at Aunt Margaret's Antique Shop. Together, they loved to travel, explore and find these treasures for the shop. Bill was an avid sports fan, especially the Phillies and Eagles. Most of all, NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. was everything. Traveling trips to Bristol, Charlotte and Dover Motor Speedways was what Bill loved to do!
He was the beloved husband of Patricia Sexton Reiter for 54 years; father of Lynne M. Reiter-Truby (Gerald E. Truby, Jr.); grandfather of Nathan L. Truby and Jeremy R. Truby; brother-in-law of Donna S. Abel (John) and Karen E. Wisniewski (David); nephew of Jean Perillo and cousin of Sharon Ryan (Michael) and Davie Florida. Bill is also survived by many nieces and nephews, a grand niece and grand nephew.
A funeral service will be at 12:00PM on Monday, August 26, 2019 at the LONGWOOD FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION of MATTHEW GENEREUX, 913 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square. A viewing will be AT THE FUNERAL HOME from 11:00AM until 12:00PM. Burial will be private. There will be a luncheon at the Italian American Club, 30 Ways Lane, Kennett Square, immediately following the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, www.kidney.org/home or American Heart Association, www.heart.org.
The family wishes to thank Davita Dialysis, Bayada Homecare and WillowTree Hospice, especially Sean & Carol for their care and compassion in this journey of Bill's. It will never be forgotten!