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William B. McIvor

August 4, 1938 - November 19, 2021

Beloved Husband, Father, Brother & Grandfather


Service Date: December 1, 2021

In Lieu of Flowers: National Parkinson’s Foundation ( or Fairfield County Hospice House (

Obituaries » William B. McIvor

William Bernard McIvor took the last breath of his full and vibrant life on November 19th, 2021. Bill or Mac, as he was affectionately known by his closest friends, was 83 at the time of his passing. Bill lived the last 24 years of his life with and ultimately died of complications related to Parkinson’s Disease.

Born on August 4, 1938 in Yonkers, NY to John and Josephine McIvor, Bill was the oldest of four sons. Bill graduated from Stepinac High School in White Plains, NY in 1956 and continued on to Iona College for his Bachelor’s Degree. Always focused on the importance of education. Bill subsequently received his Master’s in Special Education and, later, his PhD in Special Education from Columbia University Teachers College, New York, NY.

Bill served in the Unites States Marine Corp Reserves, and in doing so, committed to a lifetime of fitness. Bill was notorious for jogging in his black Marine Corp boots to assure he would maintain his callouses for his Reserve weekends away from home.

Bill established his career in academics. He initially served as a Special Education advocate in Primary School Administration and taught Special Education to Master’s Level candidates at the collegiate level. As his career progressed, his responsibilities grew to include more general primary school curriculum development. He relished the chance to improve the education system for the next generation of curious students and ti engage his peers and teachers to enhance the education experience. He eventually achieved the role of Superintendent of Schools in Morristown, NJ. Following his retirement from thirty years in the NJ Public School System, Bill became Principal of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School, Wayne, NJ.

Despite Bill’s considerable professional accomplishments, his greatest achievement was marrying his high school sweetheart, Ceil McCormack. Bill and Ceil celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in June and lived their love story right to the end. Their married life took them from their first house in Congers, NY, to their home in Whippany, NJ and ultimately to their beautiful residence in Hilton Head, SC where they have enjoyed the last fifteen years. In 1970, Bill and Ceil made a unique decision to build a small cottage on Lake Shehawken, PA that served as the family’s gathering place, a wonderful second home that shaped the lives and memories of generations of family and friends. No matter where you visited Bill and Ceil, one thing was certain….you found an open door to a loving, inclusive home filled with faith, humor and music. Family and friends from far and wide have felt this gravitation pull over many years.

Bill loved the outdoors and always looked for a reason to be outside doing yard work, chopping wood, fishing, or playing golf, as time allowed.

Bill is survived by his loving, devoted wife Ceil. Ceil has been Bill’s caregiver through his journey with Parkinson’s and hasn’t left his side in 68 years. Bill’s is also survived by his brother Patrick (Judy) and John (Carole). Bill is predeceased by his brother Kevin.

Bill and Ceil had four children. The oldest Bill (Patty), son Chris (Maria), daughter Maria (Peter). Bill is predeceased by son Timothy. Tim’s ex-wife Beth is re-married but remains an important part of our family.

Bill and Ceil’s pride and joy are their grandchildren. Christopher, Julia, Zach, Matthew, Liam, Ian and Peter have contributed their own unique personalities to our family story, each bringing individual brands of humor and perspective to the family banter. This humor often manifested in a family text thread that that could be a made-for-TV comedy show and certainly kept Bill and Ceil laughing constantly.

Bill and Ceil had numerous, loyal friends from their childhoods and neighborhoods who have enriched our family. Of special note are two caregivers in Hilton Head, Claudette and Carol, whose commitment allowed Bill and Ceil to remain in their home until a month before Bill’s passing.

Bill will be waked at Par Troy Funeral Home in Parsippany, NJ on Tuesday, November 30th from 4-8 pm with a Funeral Mass the following morning, December 1, at Notre Dame of Mount Carmel in Cedar Knolls, NJ at 10am. In lieu of flowers, please consider a tribute/memorial gift to the National Parkinson’s Foundation ( or Fairfield County Hospice House (