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Calling Hours:
Friday, May 21, 2021, 5-7pm
Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA

Memorial Service:
Saturday, May 22, 2021, 10:30am
First Presbyterian Church
323 Main St., Greenville, PA
Rev. David Dobi, Pastor, officiating

Inurnment will be in Shenango Valley Cemetery

 

William L. Fay, age 75 of Goetsch Rd., Greenville, passed away Monday morning, May 17, 2021.

Born December 26, 1945, to Wells and Katharine Fay of Pittsburgh, and grandson of Senator Frank L. and Marie Fay of Greenville, William Loring Fay was the youngest of six children survived now only by his brother Frank (Terry) Fay. Raised in Edgewood, Bill enjoyed a rich community at school with many dear friends.

Moving to Greenville following his father’s retirement, Bill attended Thiel College and Youngstown State University. During this time he met the love of his life and future wife, Mary Jane Reigelman.

Bill and Mary Jane started a family and over the course of their life together, Bill enjoyed several careers including real estate, insurance sales, and estate planning.

Bill met Jesus as a young man and became an active member of First Presbyterian Church Greenville where he served as a trustee, deacon, elder, and Sunday school teacher for many years. He served as a deputy for the PA Game Commission, was an instructor for the Hunter Safety program, and a faithful member of the Greenville Lions Club.

Bill was a live-er of life. Intense, passionate, irrepressible, he was a person who refused to be deterred or depressed and believed that life was too rich to miss. No matter what opportunity presented, Bill was ready to embrace it: and he would bring anyone along with his unquenchable enthusiasm were they willing to go.

Bill was an avid hunter, fly fisherman and all around outdoorsman. Animals were a constant in Bill’s life: he loved animals for all their contributions as friends, food, and for sport.

Eight years ago Bill suffered a massive stroke that left him wheelchair-bound and at the end, bedridden. In spite of being unable to enjoy any of the pursuits he once did: Playing the guitar, dancing, sailing, tennis, golf, fly fishing, hunting, horseback riding, swimming, reading, or writing, he remained sweet, positive, welcoming, joyful, and uncomplaining. He was a model patient; a testimony to his faith, strength of character, how one may rise above one’s circumstances.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents are siblings Elinor, Jon, Jim, and Michael, in-laws Jim and Iris Reigelman, Frank Reigelman, and Bill Loughan.

He is survived - and will be sorely missed - by his beloved wife and faithful caregiver, Mary Jane of 54 years, son David and wife Gail, daughter Kristin and husband Kevin Taylor, and daughter Amy and husband Greg Johnson, nine grandchildren, faithful church family, numerous and loving nieces and nephews, dear sisters-in-law, and many, many cherished friends.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice, 1119 Park Ave., Suite #7, Meadville, PA 16335 or First Presbyterian Church, 323 Main Street, Greenville, PA 16125, Christian Remembrance Fund: Bill Fay

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9 Comments

  1. Ed & Theresa Heckman Ed & Theresa Heckman
    May 19, 2021    

    So sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. His family has our entire sympathy and will be remember in our daily prayers. Bill was a good friend and a financial advisor who really assisted us. RIP Bill.

  2. David Hall David Hall
    May 19, 2021    

    “Uncle Bill” will forever have my gratitude for his incredible kindness and hospitality towards me. Being a simple midwestern guy, I was quite intimidated and nervous to meet the legendary Fay brothers from the East Coast. I was certain that I would be looked down upon by the entire clan and seen as unworthy for their niece. Bill made it clear from the beginning that I was to be considered a “Fay” with all the rights and privileges endowed upon the members. He taught me how to fly fish, shoot a potato gun, understand the stock market, and a bunch of campfire-worthy songs. Even though it was clear that he enjoyed being the Master of Ceremonies (for whatever event – dinner, music, horseback riding), he always made some room in the spotlight for the rest of us. I’m not going to lie – I loved being illuminated by the reflection from his radiant demeanor. Bill knew how to have fun, and he taught me a lot about that too. And so, this is a too-lengthy way to say how much Bill has meant to me, even though we only spent a few weeks together spread over 20 years. Bill, I love you, and I love your family. Thanks for bringing me in. I’m sure there is a gathering of angels listening to some great 60s folk songs right now.

  3. Tom and Colleen Sigler Tom and Colleen Sigler
    May 20, 2021    

    Mary Jane and Family
    My fondest memories of Bill are ones of a caring neighbor, water skiing at Mosquito Lake, groomsman in our wedding, and support in the loss of my parents.
    His charm and ability to brighten any occasion will be greatly missed.
    Please know we are keeping your family in our prayers during this difficult time.

  4. Bob Gruver Bob Gruver
    May 20, 2021    

    My sincerest condolences for Mrs.Fay & their family, Bill always had a big smile when we would speak, always kind words also.

  5. Richard Lininger Richard Lininger
    May 21, 2021    

    Our sincere condolences to Mary Jane and family.

  6. Dan & Kim Zippie Dan & Kim Zippie
    May 21, 2021    

    Sincere Sympathy expressed to all The Fay Family.
    We first met Bill in 1986 right after we were married and He gave us very good advice as newly weds on saving, investing, and to encouraged us on what was most important, our Faith in God.

  7. Dee Soult Avey. Wlmtshopper@aol.com Dee Soult Avey. Wlmtshopper@aol.com
    May 23, 2021    

    Hello Mary Jane! Sister Lurita Soult told me of your loss. My sympathy to you and your family! I too lost my dear husband of 53 years almost 5 years ago-prayers for you-sincerely

  8. Carol Gibson Wilson Carol Gibson Wilson
    May 24, 2021    

    Mary Jane we met briefly at the all class EHS reunion when I stopped to talk to Bill. Bill was someone everyone loved. Once, at a church winter retreat, I rode a sled backward into a tree. As I started up the hill dragging the sledBill came over to tell me to get on the sled and he’d pull me up. He saw what I was too shocky to feel, blood. He didn’t scare me with that info, just pulled me to the top and put me into the hands of adult telling me to let whoever it was take care of me. I told him I was fine. Never mentioning the blood he just said I had hit my head and needed to go to the first aid station. He kept me calm and wouldn’t let anyone upset me. I’ve never forgotten this.

    Also he had a lovely tenor voice and would often entertain us. Bill was quite simply a wonderful, caring human being. He will be missed. My heart is with you as you move forward without him.

  9. Ginger Rochez Bauer Ginger Rochez Bauer
    May 24, 2021    

    I met Bill when I went to Edgewood High School my sophomore year. His brother, Terry and I went out a few times. We hung out with a lot of kids back then and when ever we were around Bill it was always fun with lots of laughter. We lost touch as life gets in the way but Bill & I reconnected at the last EHS all class reunion. Even though he had a stroke Bill was the same fun, full of life individual who was a joy to just be around him. Rest in peace my christian brother.

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