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William John Sweeney, 81, of Hamilton, NJ, entered into his eternal rest with the Lord on Friday, December 1, 2023 at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes in Camden, NJ. Born in Allentown, NJ and raised in Florence, NJ, Bill spent most of his life in Hamilton, NJ.
Bill was part of the first graduating class of Holy Cross High School in Delran, NJ in 1961. He was inducted into their football Hall of Fame in 1991 for his four years playing full back.
Bill was an avid fan of both the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Phillies sports teams. He enjoyed watching his two favorite teams with his family and friends.
Bill also enjoyed trips to the race track with family and friends and playing the NJ Lottery weekly, he checked his Pick-It numbers daily.
Bill joined the Air Force and proudly served from 1964 -1968, with an Honorable Discharge with the Rank of Sergeant. Following his military service, he began work at McGraw-Hill in Hightstown, NJ. He retired after 30 years with McGraw-Hill as a supervisor for their data center. Bill truly enjoyed all sports and played softball for the McGraw-Hill Princeton Businessman’s League and for both the McGraw-Hill Golf League and Bowling League.
Bill was a devout Roman Catholic who loved going to church every Sunday at Our Lady of Sorrows where he was a parishioner.
Bill was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to many.
Son of the late William James and Catherine (Kelly) Sweeney; brother of the late James Sweeney, Kathryn Sweeney, and Patricia Celentano.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Susann Mary (Waranis) Sweeney; his three cherished children, William Alexander Sweeney and wife Marianne, Madeline Kathleen and husband Michael Sorgenti, and Kimberly Ann Thoms; his three adored grandchildren, Samantha and Gavin Sweeney, and Michael Sorgenti; his beloved great-nephew and great-niece, Vincent Timian and Ava Timian; his two devoted sisters, Marianne Sweeney and Theresa Sweeney; his brother-in-law, Giuseppe Celentano; his sister-in-law, Mary Waranis Soran and husband Kelly. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other family members and dear friends.
Family and friends may call Wednesday, December 6, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Thursday morning from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the Hamilton Brenna-Cellini Funeral Home, 2365 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd., Hamilton, NJ 08619. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday morning at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3816 E. State St. Ext., Hamilton, NJ. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, 1200 Cedar Lane, Hamilton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, 383 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08618. Please visit Bill’s tribute page at www.brennacellinifuneralhomes.com