Myron “Bill” Berry, of Rumson, passed away peacefully on March 10, surrounded by his family and devoted friend Nancy Kochanski after a long battle with cancer. Bill was predeceased by his wife of 41 years, Suzanne “Sue” Lucking Berry, whom he met while attending Ramsey High School. After graduation, Bill went on to obtain a degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. Upon finishing college, Bill and Sue moved to Amberg, Germany, during Bill’s two years of service in the United States Army. In 1978, they moved to Rumson, where they raised their two sons, Darren and Max. Bill was proud to have imparted his love of fishing to his sons with whom he spent many cherished memories on the Navesink River. Bill retired from AT&T Lucent Tech and Avaya Communications in 2006. He had the privilege of working at Bell Laboratories in Holmdel during the company’s most innovative years.
While living in Rumson, Bill made many close friends. He enjoyed spending time with his longtime golf partner, Richard Warga and his family; his most trusted friend, David Wilson, Doug and Marylou Greely and family; his work partner of 30 years, Marvin Weitzler; and his favorite comic relief, Janice Brennan. He also enjoyed sharing good spirits with all at Val’s tavern and fishing with his children. Perhaps most of all, Bill enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren who gave him strength to enjoy his last years.
Bill is survived by his sons, Darren Berry and his wife Jennifer of Fair Haven, and Max Berry and his wife Vanessa of Fair Haven; his grandchildren, Sadie, Henry and Riley; his brother-in-law, Jeff Lucking and his wife Gloria; his sister-in- law, Toni Cook and her husband Alan; his nephews, Grant, Gregory Lucking and Chris and Brett McGonegal; his sister, Nanette Albano and her husband Vincent of Hertford, North Carolina; and his brother, Ken Berry and his wife Gail of Sunderland, Idaho.
There will be a Memorial Gathering on Sunday, April 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to the Rumson Volunteer Fire Department, East River Rd., Rumson, NJ 07760.
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