William Louis DeAllaume, “Bill,” 90, beloved son of Frances Weitlauf and William Michael DeAllaume, passed away on the morning of February 17, 2021 at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He was born in Queens, New York on September 30, 1930 and spent summers with his brother Jack at the Weitlauf family farm in the Catskills.
Bill attended Brooklyn Polytech College and later earned a Masters in Engineering as well as an MBA. He enjoyed a successful career as an electrical engineer, including government work for NASA and at Otis Elevator Company. Bill was part of a design team that created the first elevator for use in commercial buildings. He often joked, “We had our ups and downs.”
As a resident of Glen Rock, New Jersey, Bill previously served as Director of the Activities Club and Chaplain for the VFW. He is a veteran of the Korean War, a great source of pride for him. However, his greatest joy came from spending time with his wife, his family, and his friends on Bradford Street, in Glen Rock, and in New York City.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Joyce, of 63 years, his four children, Denise Callanan (Stephen, deceased), Jeanne Black (Alex), Bill DeAllaume (Tracy), and Robert DeAllaume (Carol); seven grandchildren, Sean, Brian, and Meghan Callanan, Andrew Black (Sasha), Colleen and William DeAllaume, and Robert DeAllaume; brother John “Jack” DeAllaume; and several nieces and nephews.
A private funeral mass will be held at St. Catharine’s Church in Glen Rock at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 26, followed by a burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York. Donations may be made to the VA New Jersey Health Care System, 385 Tremont Avenue, East Orange, NJ 07018 – 1023, Attention: Office of Volunteer Service or online at volunteer.va.gov.
The Funeral Mass will be live streamed on 2/26/21 at 10:00 AM. Please go to https://livestream.com/stcatharine to view the live stream.
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