William J. Funari, 80, of Dry Brook Road in Arkville, died peacefully, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 surrounded by all of his family in his home on the “Boulevard.”
He was born May 8, 1931, at the Margaretville Hospital, the son of Edward and Delia Funari of Dry Brook Road in Arkville.
He married Elizabeth Funari of Needham, Massachusetts on December 5, 1953, in Newton, MA. Bette and Bill had remained as one for the last 58 years and will continue to do so in eternity.
A lifelong area resident, Bill worked for A. H. Todd’s Garage in Fleischmanns for 14 years, Ron DeSilva’s Garage in Margaretville for two years and Margaretville Central School for 14 years.
He received an honorable discharge from the National Guard of New Jersey and The National Guard of the United States. He was also a member of the Middletown American Legion Post 216.
Bill had many lifelong accomplishments. His life started in the Dry Brook Valley where he stayed until enlisting in the U.S. Navy to participate in the Korean Conflict. Returning to his beloved valley or commonly called, the Boulevard, between Bill and his dog, Dolly, he spent the rest of his life walking the paths of Dry Brook. From hunting to fishing to owning Mountain Man Bill’s Bait Shop and raising a family, Bill was a common sight on “The Boulevard.”
He played an active role in the Dry Brook Community Hall, the Veterans of Foreign of Wars and assisted friends and neighbors whenever there was a need.
Surviving are his wife, Bette Funari, of Dry Brook Road; five daughters, Debra Naglieri of Mahopac, Susan Squires of Schuylerville, Cheryl Scarth of Arkville, Delia Fiedler and son-in-law, Bill Fiedler of Arkville and Denise Athy of Randolph, MA.
Bill had two late half-brothers, Herbert Annin and Roger Funari, and two nieces, Ilene and Greg Carr of Port St. Lucie, Florida and Lori Taylor and family of Canandaigua.
Also surviving are several grandchildren of which he was very proud: Caleb and Kyle Carney, Hannah Squires, Zachary Naglieri, Jared and Logan Scarth, Lucas, Season and Billy Fiedler and Rachel and Julia Athy.
There are also six great-grandchildren surviving: Tehya, Ayva, Layla, Ella and Lincoln Scarth of Temecula, California and Collin Browe of Averill Park.
Whether looking out your window at the mountain or walking the stream with a fishing pole in hand, there is the spirit of a man called William J. Funari.
Calling hours will be at the Hynes Funeral Home in Margaretville from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb 2 at Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville, with the Rev. L. Lawrence Dunlap, officiating.
Committal services will be held at the George Cemetery in the spring.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Delaware County Hospice in Delhi.