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On the morning of August 4, 2022, William P. (Bill) McDermitt, Jr. of Middletown, NJ passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 93.
Bill was born in Newark, NJ to William P., Sr and Marguerite (O’Çonnor), the youngest of three sons. He grew up in Maplewood and Newark and had resided in Monmouth County for the past sixty years. Graduating from Barringer High School in 1946, he served in the US Navy 1946-1948. He attended college at Plattsburgh State University and then New York University, where he received a degree in business in 1950, beginning a career in marketing and advertising. He landed in the media department at Young & Rubicam in the early 1960s, then in 1969 joined the Ladies Home Journal to work in advertising sales. He remained in advertising sales, spending almost twenty years at McCall’s Magazine and retiring in 1996. He was an outstanding salesman and mentored many younger colleagues. He was active in retirement. Passionate about helping others he volunteered at Riverview Medical Center at Hackensack Meridian Health for 12 years, being known there affectionately as "Fancy Pants". He was a long standing member of the Root Beer & Checkers Club of Fair Haven and a parishioner of All Saints Episcopal Church, Navesink.
Bill was a loving father and stepfather, a people person in business and in life, and enjoyed sharing stories and laughs with everyone he met. He had a passion for sharing and preserving memories of family and friends through his photographs. Bill loved music and reading with a particular interest in military history.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Aurilla (Laurie), his first wife Gladys, and brothers Matthew P McDermitt & John H McDermitt. He is survived by his children and their spouses Michael & Cynthia McDermitt, Chris McDermitt, Amy (McGrane) & Michael Whelan, and David & Denise McDermitt, his stepchildren Richard & JoAnne McCoy, Peter & Joan McCoy, Leslie & Neil Scully, Jennifer & Ted Sidun and Kate & Ken Chatto, and numerous grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.
A viewing will be held at John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, NJ on Thursday August 11th from 3pm to 7pm. Interment with a graveside service will be at Mt Olivet Cemetery, Middletown, NJ on Friday August 12th at 10am.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association or to Veterans organizations.
Please visit Bill’s memorial website at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com
Thursday August 11, 2022 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM John E. Day Funeral Home 85 Riverside Avenue Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
Friday August 12, 2022 10:00 AM to TBD Mt. Olivet Cemetery