Bill was born April 13, 1928 in Lorain, where he spent his life.
After graduating from Lorain High School in 1946, Bill served in the U.S. Navy Air Corp as an aviation machinist’s mate and played on the traveling basketball team. In 1959, he founded William Knight Building & Remodeling. He was a respected home builder for over 30 years, building over 200 custom built homes in Lorain and the surrounding area. He developed the Red Hill and Meadowbrook Farms subdivisions. His reputation as a builder and his integrity grew until his first retirement in 1987. When Lorain Country Club was restructured, Bill became president of the Board of Directors. In 1987, he became manager of the facility. He instituted many programs as manager. After 10 years, he retired due to health issues. Bill was a charter member of Oak Hills Country Club and played golf for over 50 years. He was a student of golf and always maintained that it was not just a “game” but a good character builder as well. He scored 14 verified holes-in-one. Bill was a horseman and enjoyed watching the horse races. He also enjoyed playing cards with his buddies. He was lifelong Detroit Tigers fan and enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers as well as Ohio State teams. Bill was a 50 year member of BPOE and a member of the Canadian Legion. He was a member of Lorain Rotary Club and Church of St. Peter.
Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Honey (nee Jachym); and three daughters, Lynn Rebman (Bob Northeim), Joy Knight, and Mari Moos. He is also survived by six grandsons, Matthew Moos, Ken (Samantha) Rebman, Mark (Melissa) Moos, Luke Rebman, Miles Ferraro, and William (Rocky) Ferraro; and six great grandchildren, Maddox, Madden, Kennan, Grady, Sienna, and Makenna. In addition, he is survived by special relatives, Colleen Knight, Mania Komar, Jeanette Young, Dick and Stella Paysor and Rob Stephenson and their families.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary (nee Stephenson) Knight; and his brothers, James and Disney.
His good and loyal friends are many. He will be greatly missed for his fairness, kindness, sense of humor and the nicknames he gave to people. The world is a better place because he was here.
Friends may call at Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Road, Amherst, Saturday, March 9, 2013, from 10 A.M. until 1 P.M., with a memorial service to follow the visitation at 1 P.M. Reverend Father Craig Hovanec, Pastor of Church of St. Peter, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation at www.parkinson.org or National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, Maryland 21741.
Online condolences may be left for the Knight family at www.dovinreberjones.com