William G. Carpenter, husband of Sue (Foore) for 52 years, of Gilbertsville, Douglass Twp., passed away on Sunday at home with his family by his side. He fought a lengthy battle with cancer and refused to submit to its effects until his final breath. Known affectionately as “Big Bill”, he made quite an impression on all who came into contact with him.
Surviving with his wife are children Gary & Debra Carpenter of Barto, Cindy Carpenter of Boyertown, Dawn Gamler of Boyertown, Brian and Judy Carpenter of Green Lane, and Susan & Ray Beaver of Boyertown; 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his sister Colleen Gumbert, step-mother Veora Carpenter, and son in law Craig Gamler.
Born in Seibert, CO, he was the son of the late Rev. William A. and Evea M. (Bates) Carpenter. Bill spent his early childhood in Klamath Falls, Oregon before his family moved to Huntingdon County, Pa. when he was 12 years old. Bill married Sue, his high school sweetheart, entered the construction industry upon graduation and moved thru out PA while helping construct the interstate highway system. Always putting their family first, they settled in the Boyertown area when their children reached school age.
Big Bill’s hard work and dedication culminated in over 30 years ownership of Drum Construction and M & M Stone, both of Telford, along with numerous mining and construction related companies. Big Bill was always proud of his team and the impact that he had on the lives of those he worked with. He was a pioneer in the milling and pavement recycling segments of the construction industry.
Bill was an active member of New Hanover United Methodist Church and served as building committee chairman during the construction of the Sanctuary addition. He was a dedicated attendee of the 8:00 service and rarely missed a Sunday.
A member of the Souderton-Telford Rotary Club for over 35 years, he served in numerous positions of this organization to which he was dearly devoted. He was a proud member during a time in which the Rotary Club contributed so greatly to the community. He faithfully attended the weekly meetings until his fight with cancer prevented him from doing so.
Bill was an avid pilot and loved sharing the joy of flight with his family and close friends. Bill was also an enthusiastic hunter, greatly cherishing the trips with his family. He was especially fond of hosting family cook outs and other events, with his annual trout rodeo being his favorite.
Big Bill or “Pops” as all his grandchildren called him will be greatly missed. His love and dedication to his family is without equal. His wife, children, and grandchildren always came first. He always made sure that his family was taken care of, even at personal expense.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday April 3, 11:00AM at New Hanover United Methodist Church, 2211 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville with Rev. David Lewis and Rev. Gil Vining officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:00AM to 10:45AM at the church. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in William’s name to New Hanover Methodist Church PDF, 2211 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville, PA 19525 or TriCounty Hospice, 13 Armand Hammer Blvd, Pottstown, PA 19464.