William L. Kirkwood, 1949-2021

BOARDMAN — William L. Kirkwood, 71, passed away Monday evening, Jan. 18, 2021, at Hospice of the Valley, Hospice House.

William, known by his family and friends as “Bill,” was born Aug. 24, 1949, in Youngstown, the son of the late William J. and E. “Blanche” Kirkwood.

He graduated from Austintown Fitch High School in 1967, where he played basketball. He later graduated from Bowling Green University.

Bill served in the U.S. Navy stateside during the Vietnam War. Following his military service, Bill returned to the Youngstown area.

He worked for William B. Pollock Manufacturing in Youngstown for several years, became a travel agent for AAA in Mahoning County, and later, worked for Spirex Corporation in Boardman for 15 years before retiring.

Bill enjoyed playing golf. He was an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He also enjoyed playing rugby.

Bill is survived by his wife of 29 years, the former Donna J. Buto, whom he married Aug. 1, 1991; a daughter, Susan E. (Justin Frederick) Jones of Boardman; three cousins, Tom (Jane) Masters and Sue Masters, both of Boardman, and Nora Gregoire of Queen Creek, Ariz.; and his four-legged companions, Pugsley and Lucy.

Due to COVID-19, private services will be held. There are no calling hours.

The family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St. Boardman, OH 44512 or donate blood to the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 57 Westchester Drive, Austintown, OH 44515, in memory of Bill.

Arrangements are being handled by Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 N. Main St. in Poland. Condolences may be sent at www.beckerobits.com.

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