William W. Renner, Jr. (Bill), age 79, passed away at home on Monday, June 15, in Bronxville, NY. Bill was born December 18, 1940, in New Haven, CT, to Leah Margaret (McKelvey) and William W. Renner, Sr.
Bill’s family relocated to Bronxville, NY, in 1942, where Bill was raised alongside his siblings, David Renner, Gretchen Renner Devlin, and Rick Renner (Susie). Bill attended Bronxville High School, and was an alumni of the class of 1958. He was a proud Hoya, and a member of the 1962 graduating class of Georgetown University, wearing his class ring until his passing.
Bill served in the U.S. Army where he was an M.P. for six months.
Bill and Carol O’Brien Renner, his wife of 53 years and a life-long resident of Bronxville, raised their three children in Cedar Knolls. Bill’s professional years were spent on Wall Street where he was a government bond Broker for Garban, Ltd., and Liberty Brokerage.
Bill was an avid photographer, history buff, and collector of antiques. He cherished family memorabilia, including a variety of items from the family’s Renner Brewing Company, in Youngstown, Ohio. He had a vast collection of newspaper clippings from the University of Michigan, where his father was team captain and All-American quarterback. Bill was highly intelligent, could speak about a variety of unique topics and was an aficionado of the NY Times crossword puzzle.
Bill was a life-long member of the Bronxville Field Club where he served on the Board of Governors & Admissions. He spent many of his days on the tennis court, and tanning in his favorite spot at the pool, chatting it up with his friends and many acquaintances.
Bill was a warm and gregarious friend. He was the consummate host, always happy to open his door and welcome friends and neighbors to parties, including their annual Christmas Eve open house, offering and enjoying good cheer. Bill was genuinely interested in people’s lives–not just his own family’s–but in friends and their children’s, as well as in his own children’s friends. Bill was a ‘regular’ and a lifelong supporter and friend to local business owners.
Bill’s greatest gift, aside from being a husband, father, brother and uncle, was being “Pop” to his six cherished grandchildren: Griffin Patterson(16), Christopher Patterson(15), Isabelle Renner(11), Isabella Renner(11), Caitlin Renner (7) and Teagan Renner (3). They truly adored him, his humor, his stories, quirky gifts, and his enthusiastic support on the athletic fields.
Bill is survived by his wife Carol, and his 3 children, William W. Renner III, New Rochelle, NY; Kelly Renner Patterson, Bronxville, NY; Robert J. Renner, III (Catherine) of Fleetwood, NY; 6 grandchildren, 3 siblings and his nieces and nephews who he adored, as well as by many life-long friends, and members of the community.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to: The Bronxville School Foundation, 177 Pondfield Road, Bronxville, NY 10708
Please visit www.mcgrathandson.com, and feel free to leave a comment in the condolence section of the obituary, especially if you are unable to attend the wake due to COVID.
A wake will be held Friday, June 26, 2020, from 4–8 p.m., at Fred H. McGrath & Son Funeral Home, in Bronxville. (Due to COVID-19 restrictions, face masks will be required and social distancing regulations will be observed and space will be limited.)