William Edward Sweeney

June 21, 1939 - April 11, 2021
William Edward Sweeney

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William Edward Sweeney passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side April 11, 2021 after a long hard fought battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife Rosie, sons William J. and Kevin E., sister Barbara (Fred), nieces Jessica and Lindsey and their families.

Bill Grew up in Syracuse, NY and attended Nottingham High School and graduated in 1961 from Cornell University where he was a member of Chi Psi Fraternity. He served as a lieutenant in the Artillery Division of the Army.

He spent his professional career at Prudential where he was a top salesman and earned multiple awards.

Bill spent the summers of his youth at Farley’s Point on the Fingerlakes in Central NY. In the past 20 plus years he has split his time between North Carolina, the New Jersey Shore and the Fingerlakes.

He was a beloved member of every community he was a part of and cherished the friendship of everyone he met. He will be missed by all (especially at St. Patrick’s Day where its party was renowned as well as the annual Far Hills Steeple Chase which he attended for almost 50 years).

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in Wilmington, NC.

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  • April 14, 2021
    Gwen Glazier says:
    It's hard to describe how friendships grow with the people you work with, but over time you get to know the person, their family and what drives them the most. Bill always handled it all so well. Bill, thanks for staying in touch over the years and including me (not just in the work), but in the fun -- it was my pleasure to know you! Always in our hearts......gwen

  • April 26, 2021
    Larren (Larry) Calderwood says:
    Bill was one of the nicest guys I knew and worked with at Prudential. He was known throughout our Group Sales Department as someone to emulate and look up to. He will be remembered by all of us with a smile and great memories.

  • April 19, 2021
    Donna and Tony says:
    We will miss Bill very much. Seeing Bill walking his dog and reading on the beach made Summer official in Chadwick Beach.

  • April 18, 2021
    Carol Banks says:
    There are many great memories of Bill at Pru, the Jersey Shore, the Hunt and the many social gatherings where Bill enjoyed being with all of us and earned the title "last man standing". I will miss his visits to our house at the shore and his kind, gentle nature. He will be missed but will remain in our hearts and surely will be remembered at our future get togethers. Condolences to Rosie and the family. With love, Carol

  • April 18, 2021
    Trish DeMallie says:
    I have such fond memories of working at the Prudential New Jersey Group Office with Bill. He was intelligent, kind and funny. A Pru after work party always improved after Bill arrived. Condolences to Rosie and his family. Trish DeMallie