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William Joseph Colangelo Jr., -Cpl.-USMC-Korean War Veteran


William Joseph Colangelo Jr., 86, of Pinellas Park, Florida passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2021 from natural causes.  He was born on November, 17, 1934 in Scranton, Pennsylvania to William and Mary Colangelo, he was of the Baptist Faith and moved to the local area in 1980 from Lake Winola, Pennsylvania.  William served our nation in the United States Marine Corps being promoted to the rank of Corporal.  His awards and decoration and awards include the National Defense Service Medal; Korean War Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the United National Service Medal.  He was a file clerk/Chief Clerk in the United States Marine Corps and served overseas.  He was Honorably Discharged from the USMC at Camp Pendleton, California on October 10, 1956.  After moving to the local area in 1980 and then began his career for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and retired as a Correction Officer.

William was a horticulturist who loved working with his hands. He loved working in the yard, as well as, laying stone and tile. He worked two jobs for most of his life to support his family and his legacy lives on through his children.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary (Kubowicz) Colangelo and two brothers:  Daniel and Joseph Colangelo and is

survived by his loving family: his wife of 63 years, Judith (Craig) Colangelo of Pinellas Park, Florida; sons, Eric Colangelo and his wife, Kathy of St Petersburg, Florida, David Colangelo and his wife, Norma of Tampa, Florida and Glenn Colangelo and his wife, Marina of Palm Harbor, Florida: two daughters; Amy Homsey and her husband, Jack of Clearwater, Florida and Toni Peeler and her husband Mark of Clearwater, Florida; a sister Beatrice Vitek and her husband, Andrew of Largo, Florida; thirteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Williams visitation is Sunday, February 21, 2021  from 2 till 4 PM at Veterans Funeral Care, 830 North Belcher Road, Clearwater, Florida 33765.  There is a service at 4:00 PM at the Veterans Funeral Care on Sunday February 21, 2021 with Pastor Scott Pickle and the Pinellas County Sheriffs Honor Guard.  His burial will be 1:00 pm, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 States Road 72, Sarasota, Florida with the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard and the United States Marine Corp Detachment 588 Honor Guards providing full military honors.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in the in memory of CPL. William J. Colangelo Jr. to the Fisher House, C/O Bay Pines VA Hospital, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., Bay Pines, Florida 33744 or Van Dyke Baptist Church C/O 24620 Cunningham Avenue Warren, Michigan 48091 Phone: (586) 252-8948

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  • Cher Bergquist says:

    Thinking of you all… Though the words are a few, the sympathy is great! May all your wonderful memories help you through this sad time!

  • Danny McElroy says:

    A true American hero. What an amazing man with an amazing history. It was an honor to know him even for just a short while. My condolences.

  • Margaret Montgomery says:

    Toni,
    Sorry about you father. Just wanted you to know that all of the family here knows and we’re praying you receive comfort and peace. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
    Love,
    Margaret

  • Lillian Ferencz says:

    My deepest condolences to the entire family. May your love for Bill and each other help you through this difficult time. God is always near for you to lean on. Rest in peace Bill.

  • Paul Kostiak says:

    With deepest sympathy from our family to yours.

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