Bill Thorp

Sep 13, 1934 - Feb 10, 2022

William “Bill” Louis Thorp died peacefully at home Feb. 10. He was 87. Bill was born Sept. 13, 1934, to Dorothy and John Thorp in Brooklyn. As a young man, he joined the U.S. Army during the Korean War being Honorably Discharged.

He married “Mel” Tracy in 1957. Their life as a young married couple began in Myrtle Beach where Bill had taken his first radio gig as the morning DJ. Bill’s radio experiences led him into sales, first with Encyclopedia Britannica, and later with New York Life.

Bill moved his family to Yorktown Heights and became active in local school politics. He was a proud member of the Lakeland School Board during critical rebuilding years post 1977’s historical strike.

After 31 years, he retired from New York Life. Bill and Mel returned to Myrtle Beach and enjoyed an

active retirement. Mel predeceased him in 2015 and in 2018 Bill married Millie Van Slaars. Bill was a

member of the Elks and avid Dodgers, Mets and Giants fan, loved Dixieland Jazz music, and had an incredible ability to recall song titles and artists due to his passion for music and radio.

Bill is survived by his wife, Millie; a sister, Marjorie (Gunner) Berg; children: John (Ginny), Jennifer, Bill (Peggiann), Monica “Nikki”, Paul; grandchildren: Casey, Connor, Meredith, Jake, Luke, Alec, Kyle and

Will; great-granddaughter Melissa; stepchildren: Lori Hess (David); Kathy Larkin (David); and many

extended family members and friends.

Viewing and visitation followed by rosary was held at the Goldfinch Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian burial at St. James Roman Catholic Church, both in Conway, S.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, which Bill supported.

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