“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4
Mr. William Brown “Bill” Madill, age 95, of Weston, Bradford County, PA, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home surrounded by the love of his family on Tuesday evening, January 2, 2024.
Bill was born in Lanesboro, Susquehanna Co., PA, on September 26, 1928, a son of the late Thomas Weston and Frances Brown Madill. He graduated from Chester High School, Delaware, Co., PA, a member of the class of 1946. After graduating High School, he did a stint playing semi pro football for the Chester Barons. He honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1950 until 1952.
He married the former Doris Elizabeth Reed on May 28, 1960, in the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church. They celebrated 62 years of marriage before Doris’s passing on October 15, 2022. In early years, Doris and Bill lived in Sugar Run where they raised their family and would later move to Weston, PA, in 1988, to their forever log home that was built by Bill and his sons.
Bill worked at GTE Sylvania for over 30 years and retired as a Foreman in February of 1991.
He was a member of the Sugar Run Presbyterian Church. On February 6, 1953, he joined the former Wyalusing Lodge No. 618 F. & A.M. and in 2015 became a member of the Union Wyalusing Lodge No. 108 F. & A.M. when Wyalusing and Towanda merged together. He was also a member of the Forest Landowners Association where he was actively involved for many years.
Bill was a lifelong learner and history buff of both Civil War and local history, especially Barclay Mountain. Bill was proud to be a direct descendant of General Henry J. Madill, a decorated Civil War Veteran. In retirement Bill and Doris enjoyed traveling extensively all over the United States and abroad. All through retirement and into his 90’s, Bill enjoyed the weekly hike and camaraderie with his hiking group who were all fellow GTE retirees. Bill was also an outdoors enthusiast, who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working on his property. Conservation was important to him, as he could always be found improving the outdoors by creating wildlife habitats and planting trees. He belonged to the Schrader Creek Watershed Association, where they were dedicated to improving the water quality and lessening the effects of mine acid pollution from the former coal mines. Throughout his life, Bill was never without the loving companionship of a dog and most recently enjoyed the company of the family dog, Beau, who never left his side. However his greatest joy was spending time with his family. He was a loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Four sons and daughters-in-laws:
Reed and Rose Madill Montour Falls, NY
Mark and Judy Madill Weston, PA
Drew and Carol Madill Weston, PA
Brad Madill Chandler, AZ
Geraldine Madill Tunkhannock, PA
He is also survived by five step grandchildren and four step great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Besides his parents and wife he was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Madill, two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Gertrude and Harry Whipple and Ruth and Olin Eberlin, and three brothers-in-law and their wives, Lewis and Mahala Reed, Edward and Edith Reed, and James Reed.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at 2:00 PM in the Homer Funeral Home, 83 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA, with the Rev. Dr. Karen Ballard officiating. Interment will follow in the Wysox Cemetery, Wysox, PA. Graveside Military Honors will be accorded by members of the United States Army Honors Detail.
There will be a Masonic Service at 1:45 P.M. by members of the Union Wyalusing Lodge No. 108 F. & A.M. prior to the start of the funeral service.
Friends and family may call on Saturday afternoon from 12:00 PM until the start of the service at 2:00 PM in the Homer Funeral Home, 83 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s name to the Wyalusing Valley Museum Association, PO Box 301, Wyalusing, PA 18853, the Bradford County Historical Society, 109 Pine St., Towanda, PA 18848 or to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA 18848.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Homer Funeral Home, 83 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA 18853
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