William F. Tell, 93

January 09, 2014

William F. Tell, 93, of Lancaster, PA, passed away on January 9, 2014, at Pleasant View Retirement Community in Manheim, PA.

Born in Passaic, NJ in 1920, he was the son of the late John Martin Tell and Gizella (Purman) Tell. Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Eleanor K. (Elmes) Tell.

A 1948 graduate of Rutgers University, with a major in Business Administration, Bill served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a First Lieutenant and Navigator. His career as a manager with Sears, Roebuck & Company took Bill and his family to serve in positions in New Jersey; Dover, DE; Bethlehem, PA; and finally to settle in Lancaster, PA as the Store Manager in Park City Center. He served as the President of the Rotary Club of Lancaster. He was heavily involved on the Heart Association of Pennsylvania Affiliate Board of Directors. He was a board member of the Boy’s Club of Lancaster. He had many years of service for the Lancaster-Lebanon Council of Boy Scouts, and received the Silver Beaver Award. He was Vice-Chairman and board member of the Lancaster County United Campaign.

Bill enjoyed golfing, playing cards, singing in full voice, and travel. Bill lived in Sun City Center, Florida upon his retirement for several years prior to moving back to Lancaster to be closer to family.

Bill is survived by his five loving children in Lancaster: William Tell (Phyllis), Pamela T. Elliott (Lloyd), Sharon L. Tell (Jeffrey), Patrick J. Tell, and Kathleen G. Tell, 14 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 2 great, great grandchildren.

The Tell family sends a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Pleasant View Retirement Community for the loving care they gave to Bill over the last few years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 PM on Monday, January 13, 2014 at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 558 W. Walnut St., Lancaster, PA 17603 with Rev. Michael Messner as Celebrant. The Tell family will receive friends Monday from 10:30AM-12 PM at the church. Interment will be held at Conestoga Memorial Park Mausoleum. Flowers will be received at the church or memorial contributions may be made in William’s memory to the Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster, P.O. Box 104, Lancaster, PA 17608.

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January 16, 2014

Dear Tell Family,
My heartfelt condolences to your family.  I am truly sorry to hear of his passing. 
Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Brittany Prosser

January 13, 2014

I was verry sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Tell
My sincere condolences to the family
Paul Riser

January 12, 2014

To Pam, Sharon, Kathleen, Patrick & Bill,
I’m sorry for the loss of your Father.  He was the patriarch of one of the finest families
I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.  I pray for each of you and all of the grandchildren
that you will always remember his greatness and love for each of you.  I extend my
condolences to all.
Ray Whiting

January 12, 2014

My condolences to the family.  It has been over 35 years since I have seen any of you.  I really enjoyed the four years I was able to work for your father.  He was a fine Christian man who loved his family dearly.  I was very thankful for what he taught me about the retail industry and life.  It was a true pleasure knowing him.  Again, my sincere condolences.
 Terry Hicks

January 12, 2014

Pam, Lloyd and Framily,
We are truly sad to hear about your loss. Ours prayers and thoughts are with you.
Jeffrey and Barbara Banks

January 12, 2014

Tell Family,
I am sorry to hear of your loss.  I am sure that the memories made over the years by William F. Tell will remain in all the hearts of the many people he touched throughout his life.  My thoughts and prayers are with your family in this time of need.
Mark Wooditch

January 12, 2014

So sorry to hear the sad news. I have very fond memories of meeting your father (grandfather), and know you will all miss him very much.

With sincere sympathy,
Julie & Jim (Lawson)

January 11, 2014

Bill, our deapest condolences to you and the family. Your Mom and Dad were great friends, and leave many memories of our times in Lancaster.
Don & Janet Benoit

January 11, 2014

Sharon and family,  So sorry to hear of your loss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.  Sue (B) Groff 

Monday, January 13, 2014
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558 W. Walnut St.
Lancaster, PA 17603
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