William J. Firth

  • Born: February 13, 1920
  • Died: March 27, 2012
  • Location: Arizona

Heritage Funeral Chapel

6830 W Thunderbird Rd
Peoria, AZ 85381

Tel. (623) 974-3671

Tribute & Message From The Family

William J. Firth passed away May 27, 2012. Bill was born on February 13, 1920 to William and Mary Ellen nee O'Hara Firth in Babylon, NY. He was the 3rd of five children.The family moved to Baldwin where Bill graduated from Baldwin High School.One month after Pearl Harbor, he joined the US Army and served as Staff Sergeant, taking part in the Battle of the Bulge and remained in the European theatre until the end of the war.Bill met his future wife, Audrea Phillips, while he was working at Moody's Investment Services in Manhattan. They were married on October 9, 1948. They raised five children in East Northport, NY before moving to Phoenix in 1965. Bill retired as a budget analyst from the AZ Dept of Economic Security in 1986. For the next 26 years, Bill and Audrea traveled the world and made many friends. But Bill's life remained focused on his family and his faith. He and Audrea were founding members of St. Luke's Catholic Church in Phoenix before moving to Peoria in 2008.Bill was preceded in death by a brother, three sisters and a great-grandson Gabriel.He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Audrea; four sons Gary (Angela), Dr. William (Anne), Thomas (Susan) and Paul (Joelle); one daughter Deborah (Patrick) Scannell; 10 grandchildren Erik, Nicholas, Matthew, Regina, Brennan, Caitlyn, Peter, Alexandra, William, Branwen and 4 great grandchildren Anahera, Caedan, Savanna and Indigo. He is also survived by Joan Parkinson and many nieces and nephews.A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 9728 W. Palmeras Dr. Sun City, on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Sometimes when we least expect it a loss occurs in our lives as a family. The Bible promises a resurrection for our loved ones who have died. Acts 24:15 states: "There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous". At John 5:28, 29 Jesus states: "The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs (Jehovah's memory) will hear his (Jesus') voice and come out (be resurrected to life)". Please allow these Scriptural thoughts to comfort you as a family while you try to cope with the loss of William in the days to come. Also, you are cordially invited to this year's commemoration of Jesus' death to be held on April 5, 2012 after sundown. Please note the time and place on the invitation you will be receiving from Jehovah's witnesses in your local area. We hope that you will be able to join us for this important event.

Posted by Le' Shonn Wiley - Tucson, AZ   March 29, 2012

I would like to give my sincere condolences to the family and friends of William Firth. I was not personally acquainted with him, but I am sure that he will be dearly missed. Losing a loved one in death is a very difficult experience, and a time often filled with much sadness. However, please know that you are not alone. God takes notice of the sadness that you feel (1 Peter 5:7) and has promised that soon, no one will ever lose a loved one in death or have to experience the pain and sadness that so often accompanies it (Revelation 21:4). We also have the wonderful hope of being able to enjoy life with our dear dead loved ones once again (Acts 24:15). I hope that these thoughts will provide a measure of comfort in this very difficult time.

Posted by T. Pat    March 29, 2012