William “Bill” L. Bird, Sr., age 70, of Wrightstown, passed away peacefully surrounded by those he loved on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at home. He was born in Trenton to Jean and the late Earl “Lester” Bird on August 2, 1950. Bill was a 1968 graduate of Northern Burlington High School and after graduating he enlisted into the New Jersey Air National Guard as a full-time technician and Civil Servant, where he proudly served and retired after 40 years of service. Bill worked as an Air Ground Equipment supervisor for several years. He was a lifetime member of the Wrightstown Volunteer Fire Company. Bill also enjoyed driving the tow truck for his son and helping out at the garage. He loved to spend time outdoors doing yardwork, gardening and farming. He got great enjoyment from sharing the vegetables from his garden with others. Bill loved taking trips to Lancaster and being around those he cared about. His greatest joy in life was being a family man. Nothing was more important than his family and his grandchildren and his sweet and loving dog Bella. Bill was a loving husband, father, son, grandfather, brother and friend who will be deeply missed.
Bill is predeceased by his father. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Gayelynne Bird (nee Christiansen) of Wrightstown; his three children, William L. Bird, Jr. and wife Melissa of Wrightstown, Robert P. Bird, Sr. and wife Carla of New Egypt and Stephanie L. Bird and significant other Calvin Lippincott of Roebling; his mother, Eugenia “Jean” Bird of Wrightstown; his four grandchildren, Caryce and husband Jeremy, Miranda, Robert Jr. and Anthony; his brother, Wayne Bird and wife April of Chesterfield, Niece Brianna Bird and husband Jason, great Nephew Henry and Nephew Denver Bird.
Relatives and friends are invited to gather on Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 1PM to 3PM at the Tilghman Funeral Home, located at 52 Main Street, New Egypt, NJ 08533. A memorial service will begin at 3PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s memory to either the University of Penn, Penn Medicine at https://giving.aws.cloud.upenn.edu/fund?program=MC&fund=604304 or to Holy Redeemer Hospice at Holy Redeemer Development Office, 521 Moredon Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006. Facial coverings and social distancing are required with a maximum of 25 people inside the funeral home at a time.