Joseph William “Bill” Bohmier, age 92, of New London, PA, passed on Friday September 22, 2017, at his home. He was the husband of Valerie “Joyce” (Trelawny) Bohmier who died in 2015 and with whom he shared 67 years of marriage. Born on August 27, 1925, he was a son of Antoine “Tony” and Mary “Mae” (Osterman) Bohmier.
Mr. Bohmier is survived by four of his six children, Michael Bohmier (Joy), Patti Crossan (Ken), Tom Bohmier (Robbie), and Polly Preston (Ed). Mr. Bohmier was pre-deceased by daughter Terry Bohmier, son Tim Bohmier and family (Sharon, Jessica, and Christina), and “adopted” son Teddy Marshall. He has 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, and 6 step-great-grandchildren.
Born and raised in Baraga, MI, Bill developed business and outdoorsman skills early on while selling and guiding fishing excursions in the Great Lakes as a youth.
Once Bill and Joyce settled in New London, PA, he and his business partner, Al Sheves, created and operated the New London Airport. They also co-founded Chester County Aviation Corporation (the long time operator of Chester County Airport). In addition to a long-lasting career in aviation, he owned and operated many business concerns – most notably Quality Pools (a distributorship of the Foxx Pool Corporation).
Memberships in professional and civic organizations included AOPA (Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association), QB (Quiet Birdman), and the American Legion.
Bill was an avid North American hunter and fisherman. As a way to share this passion, he established the Canadian Fishing Camp which continues to be enjoyed by members today.
A steadfast nature and an entrepreneurial spirit marked his life. Vast experiences and relationships formed over the years allowed him to impact many lives.
Visitations to honor Mr. Bohmier and his family will be held at the Christian Life Center, 125 Saginaw Road, Lincoln University, PA 19352, on Thursday, September 28th from 6-8PM and Friday, September 29th from 10-11AM. A Life Celebration Service will be held 11AM Friday, and his burial will follow at Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square, PA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: “Future Aviators Summer Camp” (memo – Bill Bohmier), c/o New Garden Flying Field, 1235 Newark Road, Toughkenamon, PA 19374.
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