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Remembering William Thomas Foster, 88, recently a resident of West Chester, PA


passed away peacefully on Friday, November 23, 2018. His smile, his kindness and his love for family and friends will be missed by all who knew him. Those who wish to celebrate Will’s life are invited to a memorial service Monday, December 17, at Stoverdale United Methodist Church, 1760 Wood Road, Hummelstown, PA. Visitation will begin at 11:00 AM, with the memorial service at 11:30 AM. Interment will be immediately thereafter at the church cemetery. A memorial luncheon will follow at a location to be announced.


Will was born in Manhattan on July 7, 1930 to W. Neel and Edith (Thomas) Foster and grew up in Yonkers, NY. Upon completing high school, Will enlisted in the US Air Force and eventually transferred to the US Army. While in the Army, he completed Officers Candidate School (OCS) and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He rose to the rank of First Lieutenant and served as a training officer during the Korean War.

After leaving the military, Will attended Duke University, where he met the love of his life, Beatrice “Bebe” Wilson Evans of Edenton, NC. He and Bebe married June 30, 1956. The two lived in Durham, NC while he continued his studies, which he completed in 1958, earning a degree in mechanical engineering. Within three years, the couple’s family expanded with the birth of their two sons, Scott Evans Foster (1959) and Paul Douglas Foster (1961).


Will spent the majority of his career as a manufacturer’s representative in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. In later years, he thoroughly enjoyed his time spent teaching at a local technical university in upstate New York.

Throughout his adult life, the defining characteristic of Will was that of a man of faith, seeking always to live a Christ-like life. He was an active participant in various churches, taught Sunday school, led Bible studies, and briefly started a ministry in Fulton, NY. Through good times and bad, his faith sustained him.

Will is survived by his wife, Bebe; their son Scott—his wife Linda and their children William, Claire, and Catherine; son Paul—his wife Deborah and their children Kira, Pierce and Cole; his sister Barbara Hobe; and his nieces and nephews—Edie Ritz Main, Martha McNair, Nancy Briggs, Neel Roberts, Barbara Wartman, Kathie Hobe, Pamela Buol, Christopher Hobe and Mary Beth Jarrosak—all of whom knew him lovingly as Uncle Billy.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice or Stoverdale United Methodist Church.

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