We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Kniffen O'Malley Leffler Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc.
William C. Bolinski, 79 of Hanover Township, PA, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, June 18, 2022 surrounded by his loving family and devoted cats, Zee Zee & Ashley.
Born on November 18, 1942, he was the son of the late William S. Bolinski and Amanda E. Postens. Raised in Mocanaqua, PA, he was a 1960 graduate of Newport Township High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1963 as an SP-5, in the 716th Military Police Battalion, Fort Dix, NJ. During his service he was deployed overseas and later assigned to missile base security at Camp Ederle in Vicenza, Italy.
He was a 1966 graduate of West Side Vo-tech where he earned his diploma in carpentry. He began his career as a general contractor and started his own business, Bolinski Construction, in 1969 where he specialized in custom remodeling and refinishing. His meticulous attention to the smallest details of a design truly made him a master of his craft.
He also owned and operated “The We Three” bar in Plymouth, PA along with his mother and sister, Wanda.
In 1970, he met the love of his life and wife, June, and shared 48 wonderful years building a beautiful life and family together.
He was a humble man who enjoyed the simple things in life. He liked to spend time in his garden feeding peanuts and seeds by hand to the birds, squirrels, and chipmunks who trusted and came to see him. He was an animal lover to his core, our own Dr. Doolittle, and always generously supported local and national no-kill animal refuge shelters.
When he was not working on projects around his home or in his garden, he enjoyed hanging out with his fur babies, working on puzzles, watching Judge Judy and relaxing on the porch enjoying beer o’clock with “Mr. Miller”. But most of all, spending time with his “girls” Jenny and Lele and his family was what brought pure joy to his heart.
He was a great conversationalist and loved to share stories of his life and the many adventures he had growing up. He had a great sense of humor and could easily bring a smile to those around him with his goof-ball behavior and silly antics. He was a devoted and loving father, papa, uncle, mentor and friend.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Frank S. Bolinski, sisters Marion M. Bridle and Wanda Ahlbrandt; wife and soulmate, June Verry, and their son, William Christopher. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Verry (Jason Callahan) of Dallas, PA, and grand-daughter, Alycia Thomas (Robert Earley) of Luzerne, PA; daughters Christine Woodbridge (Kevin); Tracey LeClair; Holly Terapane (Steve); grandchildren Tiarra, Arielle and Amanda Jones, John LeClair and Caeley Terapane; and loving nieces and nephews.
In his own words to those he loved and those who knew him well, “Mr. Bill has finally finished and I’ve hammered my last nail into the board.” Bill will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved him, and his bright spirit will live forever in our hearts.
The family would like to thank the team at Geisinger 65 Forward Wilkes-Barre (Dr. Avetian & Terri) and the wonderful team at Residential Home Hospice (Marie, Denise and Kayleen) for the excellent care, compassion, conversation, laughs and support they provided to Bill.
A memorial service with military honors will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 12:00PM at Kniffen O’Malley Leffler Funeral & Cremation Services, 465 S. Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bill’s honor may be made to Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, Dallas PA.