SAN JOSE, Calif. — William R. "Bill" English, 74, of San Jose, Calif., died Saturday, April 22, 2006, at his home with his family at his side.
Born in Chateaugay, N.Y., on Jan. 25, 1932, he was the son of Edward and Elizabeth (Grimshaw) English.
Mr. English served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a graduate of San Jose State University with a bachelor's of science in business management. He held a California State Professional Industrial Engineer's license and a Certified Financial Planners license. He retired from Lockheed-Martin in 1990, after 28 years of service.
He enjoyed traveling, learning and political discussions. He was known at wedding receptions as "the dancing man." But his main avocation was helping people, either through financial advice or direct contribution to individuals and charities — Oxfam America, Doctors Without Borders, Second Harvest Food Bank, Raphal House of San Francisco and Amnesty International.
Surviving are his wife, Pamela (Rhodes) English; a son, William S. English of San Diego, Calif.; two daughters, Linda M. Birlew and Janice M. Martin, of San Jose; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Oak Hill Funeral Home, 300 Curtner Ave., San Jose. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Julie Bulliart, 366 St. Julie Drive, San Jose.
Any memorial offerings should be made to one of the above charities, or Hospice of the Valley.