WILLIAM F GEACH

Aug 10, 1926 - Mar 2, 2010

Obituary

WILLIAM (Bill) F. GEACH was born August 10, 1926 in Grass Valley, CA. He passed away suddenly at the age of 83 on March 2, 2010 in Sacramento, as a result of complications from cancer. Family and friends who loved him for his generosity, kindness, sense of humor and gentle spirit will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lorraine Geach, whose relatives came from Cornwall England. He spent his childhood and early adult years in Grass Valley. He graduated from Mt. St. Mary’s Academy in Grass Valley and continued his education at California State University, Sacramento. Bill served his country during World War II, as a member of the United States Navy. He became the Traffic Manager, and then a Vice President of Blue Anchor, Inc., in Sacramento where he worked for almost 40 years

He was devoted to his wife, Mary E. Geach, for 59 years. Upon their retirement, Bill and Mary traveled the world, enjoying the history and culture of each country they visited. He also loved gardening, the performing arts and always had a devoted pet to attend to. He and Mary volunteered many thousands of hours over the years as Docents for the California State Capitol Museum. Mary personally made many of their costumes and they both trained other volunteers to be Docents. Bill was also an “unofficial” member of Beta Sigma Phi, an International Sorority that supports Cystic Fibrosis and many other charities and was given an official title of “Envoy” of which Mary has been a member for over 50 years. In addition, they ushered for the Music Circus for almost 50 years.

We are all joined through the love of God, and not even death can part us. Bill leaves behind his beloved wife Mary, a sister Lillian Womack, and nephews Robert Fisher, James Fisher and John Fisher, and niece Diane Borden and their families. Many good times will be remembered by their friends of over 50 years, Roy Adams and Shirley Wadekamper. Bill was respected for his values and integrity, and will be loved and remembered by us forever.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, to be held in the Chapel at Andrews & Greilich Mortuary, 3939 Fruitridge Road, in Sacramento.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the California State Capitol Museum Volunteer Association (Checks payable to CSCMVA), P.O.Box 19956, Sacramento, CA 95819 or to the SPCA 6201 Florin Perkins Road, Sacramento, CA 95828

Funeral Home:
Andrews & Greilich Mortuary
3939 Fruitridge Road
Sacramento, CA
US 95820

Guestbook

  • Weldon Ray Reeves says:

    I will always remember Bill for his kindenss, love of history and his willingness to share his considerable experience with everyone. Always a smile on his face and he looked so dapper in and proud of the period sack suit that Mary made for him.What a striking couple they made. Thanks Mary for sharing this great man with the rest of us. We will miss him. Weldon Ray Reeves

  • Patty Wood says:

    Bill, You will be missed by so many for the many things you did for others wiyh a kind a caring heart.

  • Diane Rich says:

    Bill was an exceptional man. He was a generous friend to many– always willing to share his time, knowledge, experience and sense of humor. His devotion to Mary set a wonderful example of a long and loving relationship. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

  • Pat & Gail Sanguinetti says:

    Great memories of a truly good man. Through the good and bad times at Blue Anchor-Bill always stayed on course and did the right thing. I can hear his hearty laughter like it was yesterday. (it was especially a joy to hear the laughter when Bill was kidding along with Bob Benson). We were always pleased to hear of Bill and Mary’s enjoyable and active “retirement” activities. Bill will be missed.

  • Connie Clark says:

    Bill was one of those rare people you know is a friend from the moment you meet. His smile and enthusiasm were contagious. He will be missed by so many.

  • NORMA LEOPOLD says:

    TODAY THERE IS A BIG WHOLE IN THE HEARTS OF THE VOLUNTEERS AT THE CAPITOL. WE HAVE LOST A STAR VOLUNTEER. BILL, WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR ALL OF US. WITH HIS FOUNTAIN OF INFORMATION, QUICK WIT AND READY SMILE. HE HAD A WAY OF MAKING YOU FEEL IMPORTANT, LOVED AND PART OF THE VOLUNTEER FAMILY. IT WAS A PRIVILEGE TO KNOW HIM. WILL MISS YOU BILL.

  • Karen Feinberg says:

    I met Bill in the late 60s, when I started working in Blue Anchor’s NY Office. Even though we were 3,000 miles apart, we became fast friends. He was always there to help, advise and guide me. I was the recipient of postcards from all his travels and even this January I got my usual Birthday Card. Bill never forgot a friend, he was a very caring, concerned person and will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you Mary.

  • Dave Parker says:

    Like Pat and Gail Sanguinetti and Karen Feinberg, I knew Bill from our years at Blue Anchor. In the mid-70s and 80s, I managed a Blue Anchor packing house and Bill was the Traffic Manager. He was always wise, thoughtful and caring in looking after our transportation business and he generously and cheerfully acted as a mentor to me as a young shipper. While he was very serious and precise in taking care of business, he never failed to joyously see the humor in even the most difficult situations. Bill was a wonderful person in every way.

  • Marti Dennis says:

    Bob and I will always remember Bill’s generous and energetic work as a volunteer at the CA state Capitol. His contributions were varied, many and always selfless. But even more than that, we will always be touched by his loving devotion to Mary. Bill will always be close at heart, especially as we walk the halls of the Capitol.

  • Mollie Ellam says:

    I remember while we were at Chico State we gave a surprise party to announce Mary and Bill’s engagement. I also have fond memories of when Mary & Bill traveled to England while Ray and I were on sabbatical leave at Oxford. The four of us rented a “Mini-Minor” and traveled all through Devon and Cornwall. What fun we had!! I will always remember how Bill always had a big smile. We loved you both so much. We also had fun at the “Gold Balls” in Sacramento. My love and condolences, Mollie

  • Barry & Sue Powell says:

    Bill was a professional and I learned a great deal from him in my years at Blue Anchor. I would go to Bill for advice and he was always so generous with his time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mary.

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