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William Fuentes
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William Fuentes
Full Name: William Fuentes
Date of Death: October 12, 2022

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William Fuentes died on October 12th after a long illness. He was 79 years old. Known as Bill to his friends and family, he is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Linda, his children Jennifer, Heather and Stephanie, his four grandchildren, Lana, Ben, Maxwell and Henry, and his dogs, Mabel and Molly.

Bill had a big personality, and loved talking with people. We will miss his stories. Bill loved to reminisce about growing up in Spanish Harlem and the Bronx. He was a proud New Yorker, who always said New York is the greatest city in the world. Bill loved the Yankees and tolerated the Mets out of respect for his wife. He loved classic movies and cars, and had an encyclopedic knowledge of nearly every car made since his youth in the 1940s and 50s. He loved Lionel trains, opera, Broadway - especially the Phantom of the Opera - and Jewish history. He liked to sing when he ironed and in the car, loudly and with feeling. Although his daughters are now middle aged, he would still call to remind them to wear a sweater when it was cold outside.

Since retiring from his decades of service as a radiology administrator, Bill enjoyed retired life and spending time with his family. He rode his scooter around town, visiting with friends. He traveled on cruises, to the Outer Banks, and to Florida. His happy places were Bear Mountain, Captree State Park and Disney World, where he seemed to be the only person to really adore the It's a Small World ride; he would even sing along. But mostly, Bill was happiest when he was with his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

11 responses to “William Fuentes

  1. Maureen Hopkins says:

    Dear Linda, Jennifer, Heather, Stephanie and families,

    We extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences on the loss of Bill. We remember him fondly and pray that your memories will bring you comfort. May God bless his soul.

    With love and sympathy,
    Danny, Maureen, Dylan and Ben Hopkins

  2. Karen Seltzer says:

    It’s Karen, I’m so very sorry about Bill, he was a lovely man and I enjoyed listening to his stories. Linda I’m here for you. I know what you are going through and would love to help you. Love Karen

  3. Heather Fuentes says:

    Love you lots, dad. We miss you so much already.

  4. Linda Fuentes says:

    My love, my best friend. I am lost without you. Thank you for all the years we had together.

  5. Sicherer and Smith Families says:

    So very sorry for your loss. The few times we had the pleasure of being with him, it was obvious that he was a lovely man. May you find comfort and peace in each other and in his memory.

  6. Tanya and Andrew says:

    We feel lucky to have known him. He was one of a kind and won’t be forgotten. He was a master story teller and still find ourselves using “Bill-isms” years after he said them. Like the time we greeted him and Linda after they returned from a cruise that I guess didn’t go too well. We asked him how the cruise was and he responded, “Crappy” in a way only he could say it, though we still try ๐Ÿ˜€ He was always so welcoming to us into his home, even when we were grungy kids. He had a fierce love for his family. Will never forget the story of him strangling a goose who went after Jenny. We’ll miss you, Bill! Linda, Jenny, Heather and Stephanie, our hearts go out to you and we send you lots of love. Bill was the luckiest husband and father in the world and he’ll be with you always. Reminding you to wear a sweater when it’s cold. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

    • Anonymous says:

      I remember that goose story. Heโ€™s the only one that could tell that story.

  7. Louise and Daniel Greene says:

    Dear Linda and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss.Certainly,
    Bill was a noble and loving man.
    These are difficult times for you but please hold on to the wonderful memories.
    Also, hold on to God’s faith for He will carry you through.

    Louise and Daniel Greene

  8. Hope says:

    I knew Bill my whole life. He even taught me how to swim. He was always so kind and friendly when ever I visited the Fuentes home. He was an incredibly loving friend to my mom and dad too. You could always tell how Linda and his daughters were his whole world. We will all miss Bill immensely.

  9. Joey Fuentes says:

    Uncle Bill, so many years and so many memories. I will cherish them forever. Thank you for all the laughs and the stories, oh the stories. I will cherish our quick visits during your lunch at grandmaโ€™s house. All we did was eat and laugh. You will be missed. To my family, I love you so much.

  10. Missy Morales says:

    Thinking of the Fuentes family. Iโ€™m so sorry.

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Service Information
Date: Friday October 14, 2022
Time: 2:00pm
Officiating: Rabbi Sharon Ballan
Temple Beth Sholom
171-39 Northern Blvd Flushing, NY 11358