William “Bill” Blakely, Jr. passed away on December 13, 2023 in the care of the staff at Newhaven Court at Clearview and VNA Hospice with his loving wife, Dianne, by his side.\n\n Bill was born in Pittsburgh, PA on June 14, 1950, the eldest son of Mary Lou and Bill Blakely, Sr. He attended Fox Chapel High School. Bill graduated from Grove City College with a B.S. in Psychology, and later earned an Associates Degree in Computer Science from BCCC. He worked for various telephone companies, the PA Department of Environmental Protection, and Computer Aide at FedEx Ground in Pittsburgh. His favorite job was designing and installing computer lines for the World Financial Center, part of the World Trade Center in New York City. After retirement, Bill volunteered with Butler Meals on Wheels for many years.\n\nBill and Dianne were married on December 27, 1972.\n\n Bill was a kind, patient, loving husband and a wonderful father to his son, Chris. He is survived by his mother Mary Lou, sister Sarah, brother Paul, sister in-law Caroline, brothers in-law Glenn and Steve, nephew Dan, nieces Anne and Claire, and their families. He was preceded in death by his father Bill Sr., brother Jim, and sister in-law Rosie.\n\nHe loved bowling, golf, reading, word and number puzzles, and classic movies. He was incredibly curious and had an uncanny ability to recall obscure facts on pretty much any topic.\nBill battled Diabetes and Parkinson’s Disease in his later years and worked hard to maintain his health for as long as possible. Through difficult times he was calm and kind. He never lost his sense of humor, tranquil nature, and gentle smile.\n\nDianne and Chris especially want to thank all of the staff at Newhaven and VNA Hospice for their kindness, attentive care, and warmth. Thanks as well to Toni Grupp and her crew of caregivers, the many therapists, the folks at Fit for Boxing and the YMCA, our extraordinary neighbors, and Bill’s bowling and golfing buddies. And our greatest appreciation to those who stuck by us through it all – the Oglebay crowd, Rhonda, and the Haleys – couldn’t dream of better friends!\n\nBill will be missed by all who knew him. He was, and always will be, loved.\n\nFriends will be received on December 23, 2023, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Thompson-Miller Funeral Home, Inc. 124 E. North St., Butler, PA16001.\n\nA private memorial will be held at a later time.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Butler Meals on Wheels, 218 E. Jefferson St., Butler, PA 16001 or The Parkinson’s Foundation WPA, 100 S. Commons Suite 102, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.\n\nAll who knew Bill are encouraged to share memories and photos on his remembrance page.