Mr William "Bill" Zdemonstration

​​Bill was born in January 1931 in his parents home in Station Road Elsenham, He was the eldest child and had a sister Janice and a younger brother David. The family moved to Stansted where Will attended primary school winning a scholarship to Grammar school in Newport. He completed school and immediately volunteered for the RAF. He became a flight servant and joined an operational squadron in early 1943 flying Hurricanes. He was on operations for a year and a half, when he was then transferred to the central flying school and spent the rest of the war training fighter pilots.

He was demobbed in early 1946 and joined the Prudential Assurance company working at first in their Holburn head office and later in his career he transferred to their Harlow centre. He met his wife Jenny whilst commuting into London from Bishops Stortford and they bought the house they were to live in for the next 52 years in 1954.  Their son Jeremy and daughter Anita followed and  the family settled in Barrels Down Road. Will was a keen football player for Manuden after the war  and  when he had finished playing would often be seen at West Ham United with Jeremy. He also loved Cricket and had played for Manuden for many years and after hanging up his wicket keeping gloves, Will became treasurer and committee member for many years.

He and Jenny loved to travel and after their retirement were often off on another cruise to see the world. Tragically Jenny passed away in 2004 and shortly after Will sold the family house moving into Elmhurst Nursing home. His sudden death after a short bout of pneumonia came as a great shock.

Thank you in advance all for your thought and donations, Jeremy and Chris, Anita and Tony and families

Charity details

British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation fight for every heartbeat. Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer but they are leading the fight against it.

Registered Number 225971

Sue Ryder, Stagenhoe

Sue Ryder provide incredible hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening, lifechanging diagnosis. They do whatever they can to be a safety net for patients and their loved ones at the most difficult time of their lives. They see the person, not the condition. Not only do Sue Ryder treat more conditions than any other UK charity in their hospices, neurological care centres and out in the community; they also campaign to improve the lives of people living with them. They see the person, not the condition, taking time to understand the small things that help that person live the fullest life they can.

Registered Number 1052076

Service details

Church Service

19 September, 2017 16:00

St Mary's Church

Churchyard, Hitchin, SG5 1HP
Bills family have requested that all mourners please wear bright colours in line with celebrating Bill's long life.

Cremation Service

19 September, 2017 16:30

North Hertfordshire Memorial Park

Bedford Road, Holwell, Hitchin, SG5 3RT

Celebration of a Life

15 September, 2017 16:15

Hitchin Priory

Tilehouse Street, Hitchin, SG5 2DL

Messages of condolence


Mr Mark Robinson

With regrets RIP Bill

Mr Mark Robinson

Its with great regret that I write this message, Bill was a great friend for so many years. RIP Bill

Mrs Jenny Tester

Bill dear friend rest in peace

Mr Gareth Reid

Our sincere condolences to Bills family, he was a very special man

Mrs Silvia Robinson

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