William “Bill” J. Gabonay, Jr., 77, of Brier Hill, passed away Thursday, August 5, 2021. He was born in Yukon, January 26, 1944, a son of the late William J. Gabonay Sr. and Celestina Desocio Gabonay. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Christina Saxon Gabonay; and a brother, Steven Gabonay.
Bill served in the United States Navy from 1961-1965 then went on to receive a degree from California University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Bill worked as a mathematics and geography professor for Community College of Allegheny County for over 30 years. He loved farming and raised beef cattle as his hobby. Bill also volunteered his time as a coach of several local youth sports teams.
Left to cherish Bill’s memory are three children, Lauren Terhorst (Tim), Erika Gabonay Grantz (Alex), William Gabonay (Christina); and four grandchildren, Timothy Terhorst, Justin Terhorst, Emrys Gabonay and Elowyn Gabonay; sisters, Carol Pipak (Gary) and Christine Kitz (John); and mother-in-law, Albina Saxon; brothers-in-law,John Saxon (Theresa) and Alex Saxon (Carmel); and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIES, INC., 80 Morgantown Street, Uniontown. Per Bill’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. Services will be private.
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The family suggests donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease, michaeljfox.org or P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741.