William C. Packer, III, 76, of Westville, NJ, passed away on April 16th at his home. Bill is survived by his wife of fifty years Florence (nee Woodward), his six children; Stacey (Rich) Wright, Patti (Bill) Bartley, Jenn Packer, William (Amie) Packer, Jamie (Joe) Schili, Michael (Amy) Packer and eleven grandchildren; Caitlyn, Jacob, Melissa, Allison, Billy, Brenna, Ella, Addison, Jocelyn, Joseph and Cody. Bill is also survived by his three sisters; Sue, Jean and Diane as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and close friends.
Born in Camden to William & Florence Packer, Bill grew up the oldest of six children in Brooklawn and graduated from Gloucester City High School. He continued his education at Camden County Vocational & Technical School in Industrial Chemistry and then Rutgers University in Advanced Wastewater Treatment. Later he received his Certified Public Works Manager license from Rutgers University. In addition Bill obtained numerous licenses for Water, Sewer and PA DEP Water Systems operations. He was a certified instructor for Handling of Hazardous Chemicals, ABC Certification Water Treatment & Distribution Operations as well as Public Speaking.
Bill’s long career started in 1964-1965 as the Superintendent of the Water & Sewer Department for the Borough of Brooklawn,1966-1967 Superintendent Water Division for the Matawan Township Utilities, 1967-1996 Superintendent of Public Works for the Borough of Westville, 1996-2002 Superintendent of Operations for New Jersey American Water (Delran), 2002-2008 Superintendent Southern Division of Aqua New Jersey, 2008-2011 Part time inspector for Key Engineers, 2012-2014 Licensed Water Operator for Remington & Vernick Engineers. Bill also held numerous part time positions from 1967-1996 for the Borough of Brooklawn, City of Gloucester, Borough of Buena, Borough of National Park and the Borough of Wenonah. From 1978-1986 Bill was an instructor teaching Advanced Water Treatment at Camden County Technical School and periodically taught Public Speaking courses at Rutgers University. He also served in the New Jersey National Guard from 1965 through 1967.
Bill’s dedication to public service and volunteerism was exemplary. He was the past Assistant Fire Chief and Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners for the Westville Fire District, past coach and umpire of the Westville Little League, past President Region VI NJ Public Works Assoc., past President South Jersey Water Superintendent, Life Member of the American Water Works Assoc., past member of the South Jersey Water Pollution Control Assoc, the Westville Environmental Commission, the Westville Board of Health, the Westville Concerned Citizens, past president and member for twenty six years of the Westville Lions Club, past member of the Board of Trustee’s NJ Water Association, the Advisory Board Bureau of Licensing & Examination Water & Wastewater NJDEP, the Gloucester County’s Mayor Assoc., the Gloucester County Solid Waste Task Force and the Gloucester County College Board of Trustees.
Bill married and raised his family in the Borough of Westville and was the Mayor from 1997 to 2006 and later Councilman from 2011-2014. In the early 1990’s he was a Lay Leader for the National Park Methodist Church and spent the 1980’s playing the xylophone for the Broomall String Band. His greatest joy was his family and in addition to all of his numerous responsibilities he always made time to coach and umpire his children’s little league and soccer games and even helped his wife deliver their youngest child Mike in the front seat of the family car. In his later years, he enjoyed making memories boating & fishing with his grandchildren at the family’s log cabin at Lake Hauto in the Poconos.
Relatives and friends are invited to Bill’s Viewing Friday evening 4PM – 8PM and Saturday morning from 10AM-12PM at the McGuinness Funeral Home, 34 Hunter Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096. Bill’s Funeral Service will follow at 12PM. Interment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Westville Fire Department, the Westville Lions Club and the Westville Methodist Church. share the memories … share love … ShareLife® at www.mcgfuneral.com