Beloved husband, father, and grandfather William “Bill” Charles Tregaskes peacefully passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021 surrounded by loved ones. The son of the late Russell William and Myrtle May (McGinnis) Tregaskes, Bill was born March 30, 1946 in Kittanning and attended Ford City schools. He had been a resident of Omaha, Nebraska for the last seven years. Mr. Tregaskes was a hardworking family man with a long and accomplished career in facilities management that took him to places throughout the United States, from Washington, D.C. to Salt Lake City, Utah. He served on the city council of Wesleyville, PA where he also became a Mason. He was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving as the lay clergy of the Kittanning congregation from 1979-1982. He gave a lifetime of service to the church in various capacities, including a 16-month mission that involved proselyting and humanitarian work among the Spanish speaking immigrant community in Elko, Nevada. He had a firm belief in the redeeming sacrifice of Jesus Christ and loved sharing his belief with all who would listen. Bill was well known among many for his jolly sense of humor and his sincere friendliness to all, even strangers. His was an example of Christ-like love as he talked to everyone he met as if they were long time friends. He loved children and found joy in making them smile. To them, his name was “The Candyman.” He was also a fan of the classic Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. He enjoyed music and singing, finding solace in sacred hymns, even in 1 / 2 his final days. He will be deeply missed, especially by his wife of 53 years, Joyce Ann (Myers) Tregaskes, originally of Cowansville. The couple raised three daughters, Kimberly Rachelle (Derek) Fletcher of Omaha, NE, Teresa Eileen (Rick) Gehring, who preceded Bill in death in 2011, and Stacy Ann (Randall) Gooden of Griffin, GA. Counted among his family legacy are fourteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren so far. Also surviving are two sisters, Shirley May (Jack) Loughrey of Tionesta, PA and Brenda Lee Tregaskes of Clarion, PA. Along with his parents and daughter, Mr. Tregaskes was preceded in death by three sisters, Judith Ann and Margaret Jean, who died in infancy, and Catherine Louise (Chris) Cullen, and one brother, Frederick Russell Tregaskes. A graveside service for Mr. Tregaskes will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Rural Valley Cemetery.
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