William G. Bentz

Date of Death: 
May 23rd, 2020

William (Bill) Gabriel Bentz of Philadelphia, formerly of Atlantic City, NJ, passed away on May 23, 2020 at the age of 85. Bill was the beloved husband of 62 years to Jean R. (nee Thatcher). Loving father of William M. (Theresa) Berlin, NJ and Robert M. (Sara) Collegeville, PA. Dearest grandpop of Emily, Brandon, Christopher, Alyssa, Julia and Laura. Dear brother of Bonnie C. Bentz. Bill was born February 17, 1935 to Gabriel and Emma (Wrigley) Bentz. He attended Atlantic City High School and gained his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Bill was VP of Consumer Lending at First Pennsylvania Bank for his entire career. Bill was extremely proud of his family and his history. He loved to talk about the bakery his grandparents and father owned. Bentz’s Bakery, which was located on Albany Avenue in Atlantic City, inspired Bill’s love of cooking and great food. He loved cooking for and teaching his grandchildren all his kitchen secrets including, the most amazing pasta gravy, chicken soup, seafood chowder and blueberry pie. These memories are some of his grandkids most cherished. When not in the kitchen, he and his wife Jean were travelling with their children and grandchildren to places like Disney, Bar Harbor Maine, Hawaii, New York City, Williamsburg Virginia, and frequently returning to his roots at the Jersey Shore. Almost every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day he could be found fishing, boating, and crabbing at the shore with his boys, grandchildren and extended family. Many hours were spent at the shore house laughing, telling stories about the good old days, and eating way too much rigatoni and meatballs. His happy place became the families’ happy place and he was so very proud that his grandchildren were the 5th generation of Bentzs to share his love of Atlantic City and the South Jersey salt air. Bill truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures: telling stories, cooking, spending time with family and a good glass of scotch. When with Bill you always knew you were in for a great conversation, a word of wisdom, and most definitely a laugh. He loved his family unconditionally and he touched many. The void created by his death will never be filled. Due to current circumstances, services and interment are private however, Bill’s Funeral Mass will be livestreamed Thursday May 28th on the GALZERANO FUNERAL HOME of Phila Facebook Page. In lieu of flowers please consider making donations to the Pennsylvania ASPCAa www.pspca.org. Bill had a great love for animals and the family wishes to honor that.

Memories and Condolences

Will miss one of the “Good Guys”. He taught me how to make an awesome turkey soup, and always had a hug, a smile, and would help you anyway he could. He will be truly missed.
Ill never forget you Mr. B
Our dearest Brother-in-law will be greatly missed by all. We have fond memories of him in the kitchen baking pies and cookies. We all enjoyed the fruits of his talent for making simple foods taste amazing. One of our fondest memories was of our boat trip from New Jersey to Lake Champagne. He and Jean were in charge of the meals and they would foraged each day for fresh fish and veggies at local markets along our route. We ate very well! He was always eager to celebrate family milestones and open his heart and home for these occasions, marking them with a sweet cordial and a toast. He was a genuinely good, fine and loving man. His legacy of equally amazing children and grandchildren will live on in his memory.
I have a lot of great memories with Bill down at the shore - he was my Chelsea Heights side kick. Love u and I am going to miss you dearly. My thoughts and prayers to the family 🙏🏻
Thanks Mr Bentz for teaching me how to fish and crab. It was a fun childhood in Atlantic City, you will be missed!
I will always hold memories of you coming to your summer home and like others said the laughter of love of family.i also remember that big dog. Mom mom Wrigley loved you as well.

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