William Joseph Kidwell
William Joseph Kidwell
  • November 19, 1938 - February 11, 2017
  • Annapolis, Maryland

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William Joseph Kidwell (Bill or Billy), passed away peacefully on Saturday February 11, 2017 in Annapolis Maryland at the age of 78. Bill is survived by his loving wife Jo Ann Bradley Kidwell. He was a devoted Father to Brad and Michelle Kidwell, Mary and Tom Phillips, Jeff and Debbie Kidwell, and Steve and Connie Kidwell. William had 12 Grandchildren, Chris, Kaitlin, Kelly, Joe, Will, Steve, Jeffrey, Erin, Kevin, Josie, Meg and John. Followed by 2 Great Grandchildren, Charlie and Graeme.

Bill was born on November 19th, 1938 to Dorothy Leary Kidwell. He was raised by his single Mother who dedicated her life to him. He graduated from Calvert Hall College in Baltimore MD in 1958. Shortly after High School Bill served 2 years in the Army. In 1957, Bill met the love of his life Jo Ann Bradley. They were wed in 1960 and quickly began to build their Family.

Bill graduated from University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. Bill was a Sales Professional and then Executive in the Plumbing Industry for 35 years. He worked for and retired from American Standard. After a few stints in the wholesale channel and becoming a factory salesman for AO Smith Water Products, he began working for the James F Prushankin Company as a manufacturer’s Representative. He retired from what is now ROI Marketing after almost 15 years of dedicated service throughout the greater Washington Metropolitian Region.

In 1970, Bill moved the family to Salisbury, MD selling plumbing supplies for all the condos in

Ocean City, Md. He continued his athletic experience by coaching football for the Boys Club and starting a Lacrosse league. He helped start the Parkside High School Boosters club.

Bill was an avid golfer, spending all his spare time on the Golf Course. He was a member of the Naval Academy Golf Club and could be found there often during the week, including every Friday afternoon. A member of Annapolis Yacht Club for over 20 years, he was a sailor, and later changing to powerboating. A few of Pappy’s other favorites were Crabs, Beer, One Putts, and BTW.

Bill was known for always having a joke to cheer someone up, or to telling a story to make you smile. He was also known to come up with some profound guidance or to reach out to someone to impact their lives in a positive way when they were not expecting it. He was loved by his family and friends and will be missed greatly.

Friends may call at the John Taylor Funeral Home at 147 Duke of Gloucester, Annapolis Maryland on Thursday 2/16, from 2-4 and 6-8. A funeral service will be held on Friday February 17, 10:30AM at St John Neumann Catholic Church, 620 Bestgate Rd Annapolis, Maryland.

As an expression of sympathy in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made online to the American Heart Association www.heart.org, the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org or the charity of your choice.