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William “Bill” H. Tonkin

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On June 2, 2020 @ 11:45 am In Obituaries | 8 Comments

William “Bill” H. Tonkin, 89, of Lancaster, passed away on June 1, 2020 at the Mennonite Home.  He was the loving husband of the late Barbara A. Tonkin who preceded him in death in 2006.

Born in Wayne County, PA, he was the son of the late Harry A. and Caroline A. (Wolfe) Tonkin.

After earning his Associate’s Degree from Scranton-Lackawanna College, Bill spent much of his career as Treasurer for Safe Harbor Water Power Corporation.

Bill was a member of the IMA (Institute of Management Accountants), Masonic Bodied: Lodge #43 F & AM; and the Scottish Rite Bodies of Lancaster and Harrisburg, PA.  He was also a member of First United Methodist Church in Lancaster where he was active in the choir and as an usher.

He was a very kind and generous individual who, in his spare time, he enjoyed traveling, volunteering for Meals on Wheels and spending time with his adoring family.

He is survived by a son, Robert W. Tonkin of North Charleston, SC, a son-in-law Charles Kuhn of Strasburg, PA and a granddaughter, Kristin Pogash of St. Cloud, FL.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a daughter, Lori J. Kuhn.

Due to the unfortunate circumstances of Covid-19, services will be private and at the convenience of the family with interment in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to Meals on Wheels of Lancaster, 1085-B, Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at both the Mennonite Home and Hospice & Community Care for the support that they provided to Bill.

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Condolences for the family of “William “Bill” H. Tonkin”

Condolence from Karen and Ed Toothe on June 4th, 2020 8:48 am

Ed, Kendall, Mikey, and I send our heartfelt love to Chuck, Kristin, Bob, and families. Ed and I are so grateful that we had a chance to meet “Pops”. We know that he is at peace with his wife, Barbara, and his daughter, Lori.

Condolence from Ted Maurer on June 4th, 2020 12:18 pm

Bill was a good man and a loyal member of the Wesley Singers. I enjoyed his friendship and will miss him.

Condolence from Suzie and Gary Johnson/FUMC on June 4th, 2020 8:43 pm

To Robert, Charles and Kristin and family, we express our sincere condolences for the passing of your loved one Bill. May you feel God’s warm embrace of compassion and love. May Bill now Rest In Peace , joined with wife Barbara and daughter Lori. Blessings and love to your families as you grieve the loss of Bill.

Condolence from Marty Swan for all of the Swans on June 7th, 2020 1:24 pm

We will greatly miss Bill. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend.

Condolence from Dave & Fran Hayward on June 8th, 2020 10:25 am

Bill always had a friendly smile for those of us at First Church. Dave enjoyed his friendship in church activities. Sympathy to all the family.

Condolence from PETE COLONNA on June 8th, 2020 11:04 am

Chuck- My sincere condolences on the loss of your father-in law. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Condolence from Joanne and George Stephan on June 9th, 2020 4:15 pm

We send out deepest sympathy to the family of Bill Tonkin. We always enjoyed seeing him at church. He was a special part of our “lunch bunch”, meeting every week after worship service for a long time. We had really missed him in the last years. .

Condolence from Bruce C. Grove on June 10th, 2020 7:21 pm

We were so sorry to learn of Bills passing.
Julie and I knew Bill for 30 years. Bill was our usher chief and a friend of the family. We feel almost
like he was a member of our family. We will miss Bill tremendously.

Bruce,Julie,Lindsay,David and Adelyn Grove

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