William J. ‘Bill’ Ellinger, 85, a lifelong Bethpage resident, passed away on December 10, 2017. Bill was a 65-year member of the Bethpage Fire Department and an Honorary Chief. He was a Korean War veteran, and retired Commissioner of the Bethpage Water District.

Bill was the beloved husband of 65 years to Barbara. Loving father of Glenn (Peggy), the late Steven, Diane Greene (Bill), William (Karen), Marion Winters (Jack), Frank (Jayne) and father-in-law to Angela Ingoglia. Cherished grandfather of Charles, Jack, William, Audrey, Joseph and Marie.

He was interred with military honors at Long Island National Cemetery on December 15, 2017.

– Fire News photos by Kevin Imm