On November 18, Bill was called to muster at the Pearly Gates. William M. Dubetz was born on January 13, 1937 in the East Village of Manhattan. Amidst the depression, he returned with his mother to his parents’ homeland of the Ukraine where he remained for several years. Upon his return to the East Village, Bill attended the elementary school at St. George Roman Catholic parish where he remained a parishioner for the remainder of his life. Bill would later go on to study at the University of Detroit and NYU but most notably Cooper Union.
Aside from a career in engineering, Bill was passionate about golf, gardening and his artwork. His still photos, collages and sculptures were featured in several shows. His passion and joy were evident in every conversation he had. He turned acquaintances into friends and friends into family. A regular at JG Melon’s bar, he earned the name “Billy Becks” and was known as “Old Bill” to his family at McSorely’s Old Ale House.
A true Marine, Bill lived with order and composure and was always dressed to the nines. He never deviated from his routines. This stature did not affect his approachability or his thirst for life. Fueled only by pipe tobacco, ale, pierogis and candy bars Bill brought a sincere enthusiasm to his life and friendships. Leaving smiles in his wake, knowing Bill was knowing the best part of the human spirit. With tongue in check and pipe in hand, Bill was always up for a good conversation. Known for his generosity and kindness Bill never missed an opportunity to let us know he was thinking of us. He signature mustache, his unique gruffy charm and his mustache will be missed.
Bill is survived by over 200,000 brother and sister Marines along with countless friends and of course his cat, Sophia Lorenski.
Viewing will take place on Friday November 27th from 4-9pm with religious service at 6pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday November 28th 9:30am at St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church. Private Cremation to follow.
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