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Renner, William W, Jr. December 18, 1940 - June 15, 2020

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.)

Calling Hours: 4 to 8 pm, Friday, June 26, 2020


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    Joyce Heckman says

    Blessings to you in Heaven.

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    Gail Andrews Whelan says

    A true son of Bronxville, sincere friend, and community contributor will be missed by many, and
    many will have been glad to know him.

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    Ann says

    Deepest condolences to Carol and the Renner family, may he rest in peace.
    Ann Hegarty
    Angela Allen

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    Mary Jo Romeo Pappas says

    So sorry for your loss, Carol and the entire Renner clan. Bill was quite a guy. We loved having you as neighbors on Birch Brook. Saying a prayer for Bill and all of you. Sending our best from South Carolina, Mary Jo and Nick Pappas

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    Fran Boyles says

    Prayers for Bill and his family. May God hold you all in His hands

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    Heidi Mendez says

    Carol and children, I will always remember his welcoming smile and the pride that he always shared with us of his family. My heart goes out to you all, and I’m so sad that I cannot be there for you now. I am and have been living in North Carolina since 1999 and, of course, am at the high risk category of travel. My love to you all.

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    Richard W Renner says

    What can you say about your older brother? Plenty. What can you say about your younger brother? Plenty. We loved, respected and trusted each other. Beyond that, there is nothing left to say. Susie and I are here for you Carol, Billy, Kelly and Bobby….we grieve by your side.

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    Bonnie HIcks says

    Thinking of all of you and sending thoughts, prayers and love from the whole Hicks clan.

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    Bill Woodhull says

    Supe and I developed a strong friendship, particularly after our college days. Much fun and many laughs when we were both in Bronxville and worked in NYC. . With our move to Newport in ‘93, we let that contact slip. Regretful, particularly now with his passing. . Supe was a true friend. Woody

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    Robert Ruston says

    Heartfelt condolences to Carol an the entire Renner family. Bill’s passing is so unfortunate and sad. I know his entire BHS Class of ’58 grieve. God rest his soul in His eternal peace.

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    Elise Clark says

    A bronxville legend we were all lucky to know. I was even luckier because I got to copy Woody and call him
    Supe too. Sending all my sympathy and love.

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    Ed & Candace Martin says

    May the good memories alleviate the pain of your loss. Sending heartfelt condolences to the Renner’ family from the Martin’s – Ed, Candace, Lilly and Charlotte

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    Dan and Kathleen, Danny and Christy MacDonald says

    Dear Carol, Billy, Kelly and Bobbie,
    With heartfelt prayers we send our deepest condolences on Bill’s death. We hold dear our memories of the many wonderful and joyous times we shared. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

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    Kathleen Foley Collins says

    Deepest condolences from the Foley family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Renners.

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    Chad Parson says

    Dear Renner family, we are deeply saddened by Bill’s death. We cannot help but remember all the wonderful times that Bill and Carol created for our family over more than four decades of friendship. The amazing Christmas parties, the trips to Basin Harbor, VT and all the wonderful times on Birch Brook road. There is no way to briefly summarize the impact that Bill had on all of us. Bill’s smile was electric and he loved to be in the center of a party, and that is the picture that will continue on for us. His energy and love for the kids across the neighborhood was always evident. We thank him for being a part of our family’s journey and will miss him always. Love, The Parsons

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