William L. "Billy"/"Willie" Antero, formerly of Boonton and Rockaway, N.J., died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, following a courageous battle to overcome a stroke. He was 84.
He was a loyal, loving husband, grandfather, father, brother, and uncle. Bill was the person who brightened your day whenever you saw him. He was funny beyond words and passionate about all things dear to him, especially his cars. Billy was a "Boonton guy." He worked at Van Raalte, Inc. for many years as a truck driver and then took a position with the Town of Boonton Parking Authority in 1973. As a part of his job he was also a special police officer with the Boonton Police Department. He loved being associated with the Boonton Police, and he enjoyed being downtown every day with the storeowners and his buddies at the barber shop.
Billy will be best remembered by his family as the helper with the innovative ideas and the guy who loved a clean, sparkling car. Whether it was volunteering at a PBA golf outing, a home improvement project with his son or brother-in-law, or helping out in his daughter's office, you could count on him to be there till the end and work as hard, if not harder, than anyone else.
Affectionately known by his children as "the Pop, Popper, or Poppy", he will always be remembered by them as caring, loving, and hysterically funny.
Survivors include his loving and always caring wife of 57 years, Patricia Anne (Coughlin); his son, Rick and his wife, Karen of Greendell, N.J.; his daughter, Patricia Mary and her husband, Bruce Freeman of Tuscaloosa; his sister, Elizabeth "Betty" and her husband, Tony of Boonton, N.J.; and his grandchildren, Lisa and Kevin Antero and Gina, Michael, and William Ferro.
Arrangements for Bill are being handled by Heritage Chapel Funeral Home & Cremations, a Dignity Memorial Provider. Friends and family are invited to attend the visitation and mass Oct. 18, 2011, beginning at 1 p.m. with Mass beginning at 2 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Memory Hill Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Bill's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.