William H. "Bill" Woolworth III

November 27, 1965 - March 30, 2022
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William H. Woolworth, III (Bill), 56, of Reading, passed away unexpectantly on March 30, 2022, in his residence.

Born in West Reading, he was a son of Joan L. (Huber) Woolworth of Exeter Twp., and the late Duane W. Woolworth. He was the partner for 20 years and husband for the last 3 years of MD Moniruzzaman.

He was currently serving as Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer with Malvern Bank NA, Paoli, PA. He previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Auditor of Customers Bank. He was a Certified Internal Auditor and held other certifications.  He also most recently served as an adjunct professor at Penn State Berks Campus. He was also an adjunct professor at Rosemont College in the MBA program.

Bill and his partner Monir were the owners of Dans at Green Hills Reading, PA, for the past 16 years. The restaurant fulfilled both his  dream as an entrepreneur of fine dining and as a sommelier.  Bill loved to cook!

Wild Bill, as he was affectionately known, received his MBA from the University of Baltimore. He received his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law.  He was also a graduate of West Chester University.   A graduate of Exeter Township High School, he played trombone and was the drum major.

He was currently serving as President of the Board at Co-County Wellness Services. He previously served on the Caron Foundation Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.  Bill was a board member of the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  He served as a board member for Junior Achievement of Greater Reading and Lehigh Valley.  He was an advisory Board member for the University of Baltimore, Merrick School of Business.   As a former student of Junior Achievement, he attributed  his passion for business  as a result of his JA experience.  He was an active volunteer and contributor to the Yocum Institute of Arts Education where he was preparing to perform for the upcoming Dancing with the Stars this month.  He was a member of Nativity Lutheran Church, Reading. He was an Eagle Scout.  He loved going on cruises.  Bill previously was a candidate for Reading City Council. Bill loved to help everyone!

He is survived by his mother Joan, husband Monir, sister Sharon L. Sweigert wife of Mark Ray, Leesport, his nieces Amanda wife of Joshua Frost, Jennifer Sweigert, his nephew Benjamin Sweigert, Monir’s sister Saleha wife of Razzaque, Saleha’s son Rocky husband of Jakia, and their daughters Jaisa and Jhara. Bill is also survived by Monir’s extended family and many many friends worldwide!

Viewing from Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., One East Lancaster Ave., Shillington, on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, from 5:00-9:00 PM and Wednesday, April 6, 2022, from 10:00-11:00 AM followed by Bill’s Celebration of Life service beginning at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Carol B. Kehler, his pastor and Carolyn Bazik of Co-County Wellness will officiate. Interment in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Exeter Township. Services will be webcast. Please go to www.kleefuneralhome.com and go to Bill’s obituary, click on the webcast tab. In lieu of flowers, please honor Bill by making a contribution to: Co-County Wellness Services, 429 Walnut St., Reading, PA 19601, Nativity Lutheran Church, 1501 N. 13th St., Reading, PA 19604, Yocum Institute for Arts Education, 3000 Penn Ave., West Lawn, PA  19609 . www.kleefuneralhome.com

 

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

Address:

One East Lancaster Avenue
Shillington, PA 19607

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Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

Address:

One East Lancaster Avenue
Shillington, PA 19607

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Service Information

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Time: 11:00 am

Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

Address:

One East Lancaster Avenue
Shillington, PA 19607

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Rev. Carol B. Kehler, his pastor and Carolyn Bazek will officiate.


Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Time: 12:15 pm

Forest Hills Memorial Park

Address:

390 West Neversink Road, Reading, PA, 19606

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Donation Information

Co-County Wellness Services

429 Walnut Street
Reading, PA 19601

Nativity Lutheran Church

1501 N. 13th Street
Reading, PA 19604

Yocum Institute for the Arts Education

3000 Penn Avenue
West Lawn, PA 19609

 

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Born: November 27, 1965
 
May 15, 1987
West Chester graduation
West Chester graduation
 
November 2, 2015
Bill turning 50
Bill turning 50
Died: March 30, 2022

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Jean Heinly posted on 4/9/22

My sincere sorrow and heartfelt condolences! Bill was an AMAZING MAN and a light in every room he entered! His booming voice and exuberance for life will be missed!

 

Jean Heinly posted on 4/9/22

My sincere sorrow and heartfelt condolences! Bill was an AMAZING MAN and a light in every room he entered! His booming voice and exuberance for life will be missed!

 

Jean Heinly posted on 4/9/22

My sincere sorrow and heartfelt condolences! Bill was an AMAZING MAN and a light in every room he entered! His booming voice and exuberance for life will be missed!

 

Maria Velez posted on 4/8/22

Bill you were such an amazing person and had a smile that lit up a room!!! You will be missed my friend❤️ 🙏

 

Karen and Alan Marsdale posted on 4/7/22

We are just so very sorry , words can’t express . Bill was loved by all of us . Praying for peace for family and friends . God Bless . Our hearts are heavy .

 

Amy B Matthews posted on 4/6/22

Bill you had a heart of gold and the number of lives you touched through community service, and at Dans at Green Hills created a ripple effect, that will last over our many lifetimes.

 

Amy B Matthews posted on 4/6/22

Bill you had a heart of gold and the number of lives you touched through community service, and at Dans at Green Hills created a ripple effect, that will last over our many lifetimes.

 

Scott Schmid posted on 4/6/22

Bill, You brought light into every person who had the great fortune to meet you, let alone get to call you their friend. I look back to the 80's when we were young, the future was wide open and time was on our side. I remember how hard we laughed with Lisa, and the clowns in Sanderson Hall. Golden times my friend. Shone brightly by the light you brought making everything an event. Sir, has been been my distinct pleasure to have made the journey with you thus far. We'll all be together soon, so keep the grill hot and the wine chilled. Until then, my friend, Farewell. Rest in Peace Wooly 🙏🏻🕊

 

Scott Schmid posted on 4/6/22

I knew Bill as my friend and next door hallmate in Sanderson Hall at West Chester University in 1984. One of the Best Human Beings to ever walk God's Green Earth. This news certainly has caught me off guard. Bill you have been a cornerstone in my life so far! One of the funniest people ever. I remember us cooking on the stove nobody used in Sanderson to make chili that everybody could smell an everybody wanted! And I remember you choosing me as the first person to come out to. As I said then, and It remains true today, I have never been more honored by a friend's trust in me than that day. As I said then, nothing has changed if that was a worry. You are my friend and always will be. Live your truth and never be afraid to do so. I remember talking on your wedding day and you sounded the best you ever had! I will miss you very much Bill. We spent our formative college years figuring out where we fit in belonged and what true friends were all about. You were the Best! Still are! Farewell My friend. Rest in Peace.

 

Jamie Kahl Miller posted on 4/6/22

I didn't know Bill for long--only in the last year of his life, but he made a marked impact and I appreciate what a good human being he was. Bless you, Bill and join the angels where you belong! You will be sorely missed. Blessings and support to Monir--you shouldn't have to lose a partner so young. *heart*

 

MARGE LAWLOR posted on 4/6/22

My deepest sympathies to Monir and family. Will never forget our trip to Reading, England was the best of times. Rest in peace my friend!

 

Melvyn Jacobson posted on 4/5/22

Bill will leave a hole in our home as we shared many events, holidays, travel, personal and family situations. We will not forget the times we shared at the original Dans on 11th and Penn Bill touched thousands and in many ways. May he be a blessing to all. Mel and Robin

 

Arthur E Grim posted on 4/5/22

Dear Monir and the rest of Bill’s family. We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. His love of life and his innate ability to make you feel welcomed in the truest sense of the word was evident whenever we saw him at Dan’s. He accomplished much, he cared deeply about his fellow inhabitants of this world and he will be sorely missed. Art and Louise Grim

 

Larry and Toni Miller posted on 4/4/22

We have many wonderful memories of Bill. He was a good man and contributed so much. Our deepest sympathies to Monir and Bill's family. You will be greatly missed.

 

Holly James posted on 4/4/22

I only wish I had the pleasure of knowing you sooner. Our brief time rehearsing for Dancing With the Reading Stars has been a joy and a privilege. From the moment I met you and Pat it felt as if I knew you for years. We have danced, chatted about life and become fast friends. I will truly miss your sunshine. I am so sorry for your family and Monir for their loss. But I want Monir to know your love for him was pure. You glowed whenever you spoke of him. RIP my dear friend.

 

Dan Roberts posted on 4/4/22

Monir - As with everyone I know, it was a shock to hear of Bill’s sudden passing. Bill was filled with such life and love for people and for food, both combined in his/your work at Dans. It seemed he always had a smile and a warm greeting when with him. Please know that I am greatly saddened over your loss and pray for you as you live through this most challenging time. As your neighbor, if there is anything I can do to help you in the days to come, please let me know. Here’s hoping you will soon find the strength to carry on in both your personal life and at Dans.

 

Dr. Brian M. Schwab posted on 4/4/22

Dear Monir, We mourn the loss of Bill; He was a remarkable gentleman and the best host ever! May his memory be a blessing. Dr. Brian M Schwab and Dr. Audrey Smeltzer-Schwab

 

Joyce Hawkins posted on 4/4/22

I am so sorry to hear of this unexpected loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Bill was such a sincere and thoughtful person. Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same. I can same that Bill did leave some wonderful footprints and he will be remembered as a dear person who wanted to help everyone.

 

Jim and Karen Logue posted on 4/3/22

Jim and I send our deepest condolences to Monir and the family. Bill was a wonderful neighbor, always ready with a smile and a wave, or to talk. We will miss seeing him in the neighborhood. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Jim and Karen Logue

 

Deanna Reuben posted on 4/3/22

Monir, Joan and Sharon, Our hearts are broken with yours. Bill was the most loving and caring man who always made people laugh and smile. I will always remember all the fun times we had at the "little" Dan's, when he and Monir first started the restaurant. And as their business and love grew, so did our everlasting friendship with both of them. Mark and I live in Florida now, and I couldn't get the connections to get home on Tuesday and Wednesday for the service. Be assured that both of us will be taking part in it via the webcast. Monir, we will see you in May when we are home for the month. Mark and I are sending all of you our love, and prayers for strength, comfort and peace. You are in our hearts and our thoughts. May the love of others that surround you carry you through this most difficult time. Love, Deanna

 

Miriam Heck posted on 4/3/22

Bill was a great guy he always thanked me for work well done and was amazed I worked in theatre and was the only one who got my jokes.

 

Kevin S. Lerch posted on 4/3/22

This is so sad. Bill was such a wonderful, big hearted, guy. So very personable. Always made dinner at Dan's a memorable experience. I chuckled when he'd join our table and we'd talk on and on - often about local theater as he loved hearing about my time in Reading Community Players - while Monir would be toiling away in the back. The consummate host. He will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to his family and friends.

 

Diane Bonaccorsi posted on 4/3/22

Dear Monir and family, Please accept our most sincere sympathy on the passing of Bill. Such a great loss for your family and for our entire community. We will always remember his affable ways and his wonderful smile. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish all your wonderful memories. Sincerely, Diane Bonaccorsi and Chuck Muvdi

 

Cherylene Shollenberger posted on 4/2/22

So very sorry to learn of Bill’s sudden passing. We always heard wonderful things about him. Sending our deep sympathy to Bill’s mother, Joan, and all the family, as we are also members of Nativity Lutheran Cherylene and Barry Shollenberger

 

EHSEAA posted on 4/2/22

On behalf of the Exeter H S Eagles Alumni Assn., we extend our sincere condolences to Bill's family. May the love of family and friends help you through this difficult time. God Bless!

 

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