The Obit For Bill De Roker

William J. De Roker

Published in The Record/Herald News on January 24, 2012

Wiliam J., age 78 of Midland Park, on Sunday, January 22, 2012.

Son of Alma and William De Roker. Raised in Hawthorne and Paterson, survived by wife Diane (nee Van Den Hende) De Roker, sons William and wife Annette of Oakland, Michael and fiancé Nicole Amaral of Midland Park and grandchildren Alexandra and Adrian Jimenez. Predeceased by sisters Alma Hyatt Phillips and Genevieve Klein.

He leaves behind a large extended family. He was the owner of William De Roker Electric of Midland Park and a member of the Church of the Nativity.

At age 17, William was drafted from Hawthorne H.S to play professional baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies and later the Chicago White Sox. He served in the military during the Korean War and while in uniform played baseball for the Army team winning the most valuable player. He coached Little League in Midland Park as well as singing bass in several barbershop quartets and choruses in both Ridgewood and Livingston.

Funeral will be departing at 9:30 AM on Thursday, January 26, 2012 from the Browning-Forshay Funeral Home, 557 Lafayette Avenue Hawthorne for a 10 AM funeral mass at the Church of the Nativity, Midland Park.

Interment will follow at the Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Center, c/o Dorothy Patterson, New York University, Langone Medical Center, 145 East 32nd Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10016.