William ‘Pops’ Page
William “Pops” Page, Jr., 91, of Rome, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2022. Born in Brownsville, PA, on June 25, 1931, he was a son of the late William and Hazel (Lynn) Page, Sr. He served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. On September 26, 1953, he was united in marriage to Sally J. Rutka in Transfiguration Church. She passed away February 7, 2006.
Pops worked at the Rome State School for 34 years before retiring in 1990. Together with his wife they owned and operated Pard’s Cable Grill from 1977-87. In retirement he would spend every winter at his place in Ormond Beach, FL, with family and friends.
Pops loved sports, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. He later became a NY Yankee fan. He enjoyed rooting for the Syracuse University Basketball team and followed NASCAR racing. His greatest love though was following his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sporting endeavors.
He is survived by two children, Patti Goodman (Ken) and Donald Page (Kendra); seven grandchildren, Vinnie Page (Mike), David Page, Erin Goodman (Eddie), Kendra Greene (Bob), Erika Young (Dustin), Kaylin Williams (Corey) and Tonay Destito (Mike); nine great-grandchildren; special nieces and nephews, Scotty and Heidi Page, Marcia and Bernard Page Jr., Bernice and Ernie Bradmon, Anna and Dana Smith, Bonnie and Robert Filby, Mary Kay and Jay Maitland and Sharon and Dave Stottlar; and special friend and “son”, Wonder Mortis. He was predeceased by a son, David “Bear” Page; a brother, Bernard Page, Sr.; a niece, Hazel Page; and nephew, Robert Page.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 29, at 1 p.m. at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome, NY 13440. Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 28, from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Pop’s memory to the charity of your choice.
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