William H. S, of Lititz, died peacefully at home on May 29th after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Born on September 12, 1944, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Mildred S and is preceded in death by his brother, Robert. He is survived by Mary, his wife of 40 years.
William, known to most as Bill and to a few as “Moon Pappy,” was born and raised in Millerstown, PA, graduating as marching band member, class president, and valedictorian from Greenwood High School in 1962. He earned a BS in biology from Lycoming College in 1966 and then completed a year of training at Lancaster General Hospital’s School of Medical Technology, where he met his future wife.
Bill worked for three years at New Jersey’s Morristown Memorial Hospital. He spent most of his career as a medical technologist specializing in clinical chemistry at Lancaster General Hospital from 1971 – 1999. After retiring from LGH, he worked in the lab at Good Samaritan Hospital from 2000 – 2009. During his career, he also taught clinical chemistry at Lancaster General’s School of Medical Technology.
Reading, bird watching, science fiction, photography, gardening, traveling, and music were just a few of Bill’s passions, and they were reflected in his community life. An active member of the Lititz Moravian Church, Bill served on its Board of Elders and sang in the choir for over 20 years. He enjoyed being the church’s unofficial photographer. He was a board member of the Lititz Public Library for 12 years and during that time acted as Secretary, Vice President, and President. Each year, Bill looked forward to counting birds for the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas count. He had also volunteered at Franklin and Marshall’s North Museum as a docent.
Bill will be fondly remembered as a loving husband and father with an intelligent, humorous, quirky personality. Whether he was introducing his children to Star Trek, taking endless pictures of mush-rooms, or spinning his old Civic on top of the hospital parking garage, he lived the life of a unique individual.
In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by two children, Rebecca S, wife of Eric F, of Philadelphia and Daniel S, husband of Jes S, of Ephrata; a brother, Ronald of Harrisburg; a sister, Dolores of Mechanicsburg; and many nieces and nephews.