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William H. Gonyea Sr.
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William (Bill) Gonyea Sr., (79) from Selkirk, NY passed away suddenly on April 28, 2018, at home with his loving wife and two sons at his side. He was born in Albany, NY on February 6, 1939, the son of Leo and Elizabeth Gonyea/Kenneth and Elizabeth Gallup. surviving him are his wife: Loretta (Lockskin) Gonyea, two sons: Daniel J. Gonyea and Kenneth Gonyea, grandchildren: Jonathan Gonyea, Jordan D. Gonyea, Mariah Joy Gonyea and sister: Nancy Gallup-Byerwalters, as well as many niees and nephews and children cared for in his home. Predeceased by his son William Gonyea, Jr. and sister, Virginia Gonyea Porter and grandparents, Harold and Edith (Phelps) Van Oostenbrugge.

Bill married the love of his life, Loretta, on July 24, 1960. He loved her like she was the only person on earth till the day he died. He was an amazing father always sharing and teaching. Bill was retired from the New York State Thruway, where he was a mechanic for many years. He was a loving man that was la like father figure to many in our community, sharing his wisdom and helping everyone he could even if it required himself to go without. He was the kind of man that would give you the shirt off his back. Bill spent most of his life living his passion with building and racing multiple cars at Lebanon Valley Speedway, Fonda Speedway and many other East Coast Dirt Tracks. it became part of his family's life style attending all his races almost every weekend until he retired in the late 70's. He was loved by hundreds and respected by all.

Bill's wishes were to only have a remembrance celebration of his life with friends and family on Saturday, June 16th, at the Blackthorne Resort, 348 Sunside Rd., East Durham, NY 12423, around 5:;00 pm. With a live band at 9:;00 pm. There may be rooms available if you call ahead (518)-634-2541.) Please bring your favorite dish to pass along with any photos and stories in the way he touched your life and share in this celebration. ALL ARE WELCOME.


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