William Joseph “Bill” Chester, 56, of Warrenton, passed away August 25, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his family, after a short, yet courageous battle with cancer.
He was born November 21, 1962, in Pittsfield, Mass.
Bill proudly served our nation as a U.S. Army Military Police Officer with distinction achieving the rank of sergeant. Following graduation from college, Bill married his college sweetheart, Roberta. Together they raised a loving family of four children: Katelyn, Billy, Michael and Joey, all who cared for their father at home throughout his battle with cancer.
Bill’s professionalism, dedication and hard work spanned a nearly three-decade career marked by many recognitions and promotions in the pharmaceutical industry with Pfizer, Merck, InVentiv and Sun Pharma. Bill instilled in his teams the following mantra that he lived by, “Your job is what you do; your family is who you are.’’
Bill served as a Eucharist minister and lector at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus. A passionate Buffalo Bills and Boston Red Sox fan, Bill’s optimism was infectious. He leaves behind a legacy of wonderful smiles, loving care and a lasting glow of devotion to his wife, children, family and friends, colleagues and community. To all those who knew and admired him, Bill was a role model for what Christian marriage and fatherhood are meant to be.
Bill drew his strength from a life long devotion to Saint Joseph, the protector of Our Lord Jesus.
In addition to his loving wife of 27 years Roberta Chester, Bill is survived by his four children, Katelyn Chester, William Guy Chester, Michael Chester and Joseph Chester; his father, Guy Chester; a sister, Jennifer Chester (Jonathan Wiener) and their children Remi, Lila and Nolan and predeceased by his mother, Mary Kay Cunningham Chester, cousin Karen Chester, and beloved godson and nephew Tommy Laudani, age 18 of Emittsburg, Md. Additional survivors include cousins Vicki (Steve)Turner, Diana (Ray) Kirby, and several nieces and nephews and Godparents, Cecilia and James Joy, and many other extended family members on his wife’s side.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 29, with Rev. Jeff Stecz will be officiating. The burial will follow at Bright View Cemetery near Warrenton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Knights of Columbus, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 271 Winchester St., Warrenton, Vs. 20186; the Virginia Bombers 4940 Pebble Run Road, Warrenton, Va. 20187, and/or Gainesville Community Choir
, 9825 Bountiful Way, Midland, Va. 22728.
Online condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com