William B. Elder

  • Born: March 3, 1954
  • Died: January 29, 2017
  • Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania

Donohue Funeral Homes, Inc.

1627 West Chester Pike
West Chester, PA 19382

Tel. (610) 431-9000

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Beloved Husband, Loving Father, Loving Grandfather, Loving Son, Dear Brother and Uncle

Message From The Family

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William B. Elder, 62, of West Chester, PA and formerly of Delaware and Philadelphia Counties and Rimersburg, passed away on January 29, 2017.

Born in 1954 in Brookville, PA, he was the son of Patricia (Switzer) Elder and the late William J. Elder.

He was the beloved husband of Mary E. (Crotti) Elder; loving father of Jeffrey W. Elder (Colleen) and Gregory J. Elder (Alexandria); loving grandfather of Scarlett Rose Elder; dear brother of Jami Simpson (Tim) and uncle of Stephanie Zeiber (Jeff), Maggie Willoughby (Jared), Will Crotti, Melissa Crotti, Sarah Crotti, Hannah Linsk and Madeleine Linsk.

William was the Hershey's Mill Sports Group Bocce Champion for 3 years along with his partner, Jon Ford. He was an Eagles, Phillies, Pirates and Steelers fan and enjoyed gardening, walking and spending time with his granddaughter. He was a 1976 graduate of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He was employed as a social services caseworker for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for nearly 30 years. He was a member of the United Church of Christ, East Goshen, where he served as a member of the Building and Grounds Committee.

Services and interment are private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the Buildings and Grounds Committee, United Church of Christ of East Goshen, 1201 N. Chester Rd., West Chester, PA 19380.

Arrangements by The Donohue Funeral Home, 1627 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382, 610-431-9000.

Online condolences at www.donohuefuneralhome.com.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Mary and family. I just learned of Bill's passing a few days ago. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Bill was a good guy. I'm pleased to have known him and always enjoyed being in his company. I hope everyone is doing well.

Posted by Bob Bryce - Eddystone, PA - Friend   February 24, 2018

To Mary and family,I want to express my sincere regrets ....Bill was a devoted husband and my good friend..He was my outstanding Bocce partner,the best in the Mill..I will miss the times when after we would practice we would sit in one the chairs enjoy a cold drink and chat about everything....He was an asset to the community of Brighton Village and to his church...Anytime a job needed to be done Bill was there to help..We are still in a state of shock that he was taken from us too soon...Life is so fragile...Jon Ford

Posted by Jon Ford - Hershey's Mill, PA - Friend   February 11, 2017

I would like to extend my sincere condolences to your family. For your loss, there are no words that can ease the pain of loosing someone you love. May you find comfort and peace in knowing that your loved one is in God's memory. Because they are precious in his eyes. Psalms 116:5.

Posted by Courtney    February 07, 2017

Sad to hear of one of passing of my close friend from my days at Mansfield state college.Bill was a genuine good guy and friend and after graduation was honored to be able to keep in touch and being in Your wedding and sharing phone calls over the years.My thoughts and prayes are with Bills family and rest assured he is in heaven watching over all of you.God Bless.

Posted by Charlie Brennan - Mansfield, PA   February 05, 2017


Uncle Billy was a truly special guy with a huge heart, he will be so dearly missed. I am sending all my love, compassion and support to the family, may he rest in paradise

Posted by Madeleine Linsk - Saint Paul, MN - Family   February 04, 2017

Thoughts are with you. Remembering good times at the Phillies games.

Posted by Will Crotti - Hillsborough, NH - Family   February 03, 2017

Mary and Family,
I want to express my sincere regret about Bill's sudden passing. He a devoted husband, a good friend, and an outstanding bocce partner. We won 4 consecutive bocce championships. He was always willing to help in any capacity. He changed light bulbs for the village he lived in, put up Christmas decorations, and helped his neighbors in many ways. He also was a volunteer at his church and put in many hours in a variety of duties.
He will be terribly missed by all who knew him.

Posted by Jon Ford - West Chester, PA - Friend   February 03, 2017

Posted by Jon Ford - West Chester, PA - Friend   February 02, 2017

Uncle Bill will surely be missed....Keeping you all in our hearts and minds during this difficult time-

Posted by Maggie, Jared & Nolan Willoughby - Henniker, NH - Family   February 02, 2017

We are shocked and saddened by your loss. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. With love, Anne and Bill

Posted by Anne and Bill Crotti - Henniker, NH - Family   February 02, 2017

Sending sympathy to the family

Posted by Donald Switzer - Rimersburg, PA - Family   February 01, 2017


Bill was a great man. I had the honor of working with him in Brighton Village during most holiday seasons. We would talk about all aspects of life. He had a particular love and devotion to his wife, family, and church. I was saddened by the news of his passing, but feel comforted that God received a wonderful soul. Rest in peace my friend.

Posted by Jeff Bevan - Phoenixville, PA - Friend   February 01, 2017

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