William A. (Bill) Smithoover, age 67, passed away unexpectedly on December 12th, 2017 when, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease, his heart failed him. He died peacefully at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, DE with his beloved wife and stepdaughter by his side.

Bill was born in York County, PA to James Earl and Edith Virginia (Dolly) Runk Smithoover. After his mother's untimely death in 1954 he was lovingly raised by his father and second mother, Ruth Arlene Smithoover, with help from his maternal grandparents, Elmer and Margret Runk in the early years.

Bill graduated from Marcus Whitman Central School in Rushville, NY. He earned a B.A. in Education from the State University of New York, Brockport, and in 1997 was awarded a Master's Degree in Student Personnel Services from Rowan University. Bill began his professional career as a Health Teacher and Girls' Basketball Coach at Pennsville High School in Salem County, N.J. He soon moved on to his most rewarding and long-term position in the Pennsville District as a Student Assistance Counselor (SAC), serving students in grades K -12. Bill handled homelessness, drug/alcohol, mental health bullying, teen pregnancy and worked closely with the teen leadership/healthy choices group TIGS (Teens in the Garden State, now known as the Lindsay Meyers Teen Institute). Bill enjoyed his career immensely; he touched the lives of countless students and families and served on multiple County committees, including the Southwest Council and The County Interagency Coordinating Council (CIACC). He received numerous awards for his community outreach efforts and advocacy for the underprivileged. Bill will be most fondly remembered for the pink shirts he wore every Thursday to encourage students to celebrate diversity, a tradition several Pennsville colleagues carry on to this day.

Bill reluctantly retired in 2012 due to increasing symptoms of early-onset Parkinson's. Despite the limitations of his illness, he lived life to the fullest and attended classes at University of Delaware's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for as long as he was able. Bill's favorite place to be was on a beach- any beach. He also loved traveling, biking, the Philadelphia Eagles, Ben & Jerry's ice cream and $2 bills, the later always at the ready to bring a smile to someone's face when given as a tip, change, donation... or “just because”.

Bill is predeceased in death by his parents, maternal grandparents, paternal grandparents, Clara and Peter Jensen, and his brother James (Jimmy) Smithoover. He is survived by his loving wife of 12 years, Tina Maida Masington of Wilmington, DE; loving daughter Nicole Lynn Smithoover; grandson William Julius Loock; mother, Ruth Arlene Smithoover; sister Sandy Smithoover Maine (Louis); step-daughter Maria Masington (Robert Lutz, Jr.); step-son Nicholas J Masington III (Sandi) and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren and cousins.

The family would like to thank both the caring staff at Rockland Place where Bill resided for all of 2017 and the medical and pastoral care personnel at St. Francis Hospital for their care and compassion in his last hours.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date and will be announced on McCrery & Harra’s website. Please check back for updates or call the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation www.michaeljfox.org.