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Remembering William "Bill" Chirash, New Providence Resident and Key Creator of Ajax Cleanser

Bill Chirash, of New Providence, passed away at the age of 92
Bill Chirash was predeceased by his wife Doris, who passed away just two months prior.
Original photograph of the patent award for Ajax cleanser.
Doris Chirash passed away November 8, 2016 at the age of 86.

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -  A devoted family-man, kind, generous, ultimate silent servant, always wanting the best for others. Those are some of the words used to describe William "Bill" Chirash, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at age of 92.

Chirash spent his career at Colgate Palmolive where he was awarded 16 patents and was one of the key creators of Ajax Cleanser.

Drafted in the Army in 1943, Bill was honorably discharged at the end of World War II, he attended college receiving a Bachelor's from City College and a Master's from New York University in chemical engineering.

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Bill's entire focus was always on his family caring for his wife, Doris, who suffered with Multiple Sclerosis and recently passed away on November 8, 2016 at the age of 86. 

As a youngster, Bill joined the St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church choir and continued his devotion to God by being a member of the Our Lady of Peace choir in New Providence for many years. It was his love of music that attracted Bill to Doris DeMarie, hearing her sing at a Christmas party in 1951 at Colgate Palmolive where they both worked.

Doris was an accomplished singer who was accepted into Miniature Grand Opera Company of New York City where she was involved in choral singing of excerpts from operas and operettas. Once in high school she joined the school’s choir and was accepted into the Jersey City’s All-City Choir, then into the New Jersey All-State High School Chorus until her graduation in 1949.

After marrying and moving to New Providence to raise their three daughters, Doris joined the Our Lady of Peace Adult and Senior Choir and in 1964 became the church's Soloist, a position she would hold until 1988. She also became deeply involved in the formation and development of a children’s choir and later became the director of the children’s choir.  

Bill is survived by his loving children Marianne (Armand) Galluccio, Linda Chirash, and Donna Chirash. He was the cherished grandfather of Bill, Jim, Alix, Dawn (Todd Bauer); and great-grandfather of Nathan and Ava. Bill was predeceased by his beloved wife Doris Chirash and his brother Steven Chirash. 

Donations can be made in Bill's memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyVisit Paul Ippolito's Memorials for complete obituary.

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