To Will, life was just another day that, to him, needed to be lived as if it was the last day. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Will, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Will loved people and simply being in their presence.
Will was born on July 27, 1933 at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. His parents were Lewis and Mable Ackerman, and they raised Will in Rensselaer, New York. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. In life Will succeeded in making the most of any situation.
Always a good playmate, Will was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. Will was filled with compassion for those in need. He would have given the shirt off his back to help anyone in need. Will was raised with three siblings- his brother, Roy and his two sisters, Lorraine and Johanna.
Will simply enjoyed others' laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. He enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the "practical" approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in "theory." Will graduated from Van Rensselaer High School in 1950.
Will never actually encountered a stranger in his dealings with people. He was drawn to individuals and crowds, using his gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate his audience. This quality allowed Will to continually develop new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Will was always right at home entertaining friends. Will utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. Will loved sharing life and being amongst the people he cared for most.
The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Will very easy to approach. On May 25, 1957 Will exchanged wedding vows with Hilda Nardacci at St. Johns of Rensselaer, New York. Even though Will and Hilda separated, they remained close friends until the end.
Perhaps the reason Will related so well to children was the fact that he never really completely grew up himself. Will's life was his children, and he was devoted to their every need. He gave his all in making sure he could provide emotional support and mostly his friendship. Will was blessed with three children- two sons, Joseph and Michael and one daughter, Barbara Froelich. He was also blessed with one grandchild, Giavanna Papasavvas. Will had the ability to focus his attention on the present moment. Will's compassionate side prevented him from being a strict disciplinarian.
At work, as in life, Will was a real "people person. " he had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others. Will liked to see himself as a practical man with very little needs. When dealing with various projects and problems, Will was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Will's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around him to see Will as an excellent problem solver. His primary occupation was as an Operating Engineer.
Will was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force, Air and Sea Rescue. Will saw action for the Korean Conflict. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Master Sergeant.
Will was a lover of animals and cherished his pets, enjoying them almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. One of Will's favorites was Casper, an American Eskimo. They were best friends for six years.
Will believed that you had to experience life, and his life in retirement was no different. Will retired in 1990 and relocated to Henderson, Nevada in 1999 to be with his family. With his boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Will remained busy with people. Even in retirement, Will continued to stay in touch with his old friends and, since he'd never met a stranger, he made plenty of new acquaintances as well.
Will passed away on December 10, 2010 in Henderson, Nevada. He is survived by his children: Joseph, Michael, and Barbara; his sister, Johanna; his granddaughter, Giavanna; his son-in-law, Michael D. Froelich; and several nieces and nephews. Will's ashes will be spread where his life began and where he was created in Renssalear, New York.
Will brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Will Ackerman lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile, and all those who knew him and embraced his friendship and love, a piece of him will stay forever in their hearts.
Arrangements under the direction of Palm Eastern Funeral Home, Las Vegas, NV.