William J. Mitchell died at the age of 69 on July 22, 2013, following a courageously fought 3-½ year battle against Multiple Myeloma cancer. His wife and two sons were in his presence when he passed. Bill was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Margaret Mitchell, and his brother, Thomas Mitchell.
He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 44 years, Judy Mitchell; his sons, Matthew Mitchell (wife Elissa) and Scott Mitchell (wife Despina); five grandchildren (whom he adored), Mason, Connor, Caitlin, Maya and Lauren; his sister, Helen Castronova (husband Joseph); brother, Robert Mitchell (wife Betty); sisters-in-law, Christine Mitchell, Joanne Zick, Carol Zick (wife of the late Jim Zick), and many nieces and nephews whom he loved as if they were his own.
Bill was a loving and faithful husband, devoted father and grandfather and friend to all who knew him. His grand personality helped him achieve a successful 44-year career in sales at Inland Container.
An active member in the community, he served as president of the First Congregational Church of Harford church counsel for many years, he served on the board of the Maplewood Cemetery, was a 4-H leader for 22 years and the recipient of the 2007 Cooperative Extension Award.
Among all of these great achievements, he was also well known for his fine woodcrafting and fabrication skills and general ability to fix just about anything. His workshop was a second home for him, where he created one-of-a-kind pieces for family and friends to be admired for generations to come.
Above all, Bill had a genuine love of people. He valued other’s opinions and views and found himself at ease talking to just about anyone (friend or friend-to-be). It was this honest and noteworthy trait that led him to touch many hearts and lives.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Harford. A greeting time will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the church, prior to the service. All are welcomed and encouraged to bring stories to share of this wonderful man who was loved by so many.
The family will provide flowers; in lieu thereof, please make any contributions to the First Congregational—UCC Building Fund, PO Box 217, Harford, PA 18823 or the Harford Volunteer Ambulance Service, PO Box 206, Harford, PA 18823. Both of these community resources have provided unconditional support to the family throughout these difficult times.