William J. Huber passed away peacefully on the evening of Feb. 7 at the age of 94 surrounded by family.
Bill was born on May 13, 1928, in Jamaica, N.Y. to Leopold and Mary (Quinn) Huber and was the youngest of four children. He was predeceased by his wife of 71 years, Georgene Huber; his parents, Mary (Quinn) and Leopold Huber; his brother and sister-in-law Frank and Dot Huber; and his sister and brother-in-law Helen and Tom Breen.
Bill and Georgene celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in June of 2022 before Georgene passed away in September of that year. Bill is survived by his brother, Albert, and sister-in-law Linda Huber, his daughter, Jeanne Huber-Happy; his son, William (“Bill”) D. Huber and daughter-in-law Lynn Huber; his nieces: Helen, Carol, and Nancy; his nephews: Tom, Jim and Steven; his grandchildren, Kelsey (Huber) Pasquarell, Clare (Huber) Humphrys, Julian Happy, and Benjamin Huber; their spouses, Micah Pasquarell, Adam Humphrys, Katie Happy, and Elysia Huber, and his six great-grandchildren: Grace, Dominic, Beatrice and John Pasquarell and Evelyn and Declan Humphrys.
During his childhood in the Great Depression the family moved several times between Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties on Long Island, including an extended period in Sayville. Bill attended Queens College and then CCNY where he completed his BS in Electrical Engineering.
He initially joined the Marines but transferred to the Army where he worked as an electrical engineer in Washington, D.C. during the Korean War.
After the army Bill completed his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland. During his long career as an engineer, he worked for Sperry and United Technologies. He also earned a second MS degree from Brooklyn Poly.
He was elected to the Westbury Board of Education where he served one term. Bill and Georgene resided in Westport, Conn. before retiring to Blacksburg.
Bill took up running as a lifelong passion beginning in the early 70s and continued for much of his life, completing two Marine Corps Marathons and competing as the oldest runner in the Westport Minuteman race. He was an active member of the Pequot Runners Club in Southport, Conn., and loved putting on the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, continuing as a volunteer after he was no longer able to run in the event.
A lifelong Catholic, Bill and Georgene attended St. Brigid’s in Westbury, N.Y., St. Thomas in Fairfield, Conn., St. Mary’s in Blacksburg, and Holy Spirit in Christiansburg.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, at 11 a.m. in the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 17, 2023, at McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Dr. S.W. Blacksburg.
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