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Obituary for Rev. William S. Vandegrift

October 6, 2017
Brigantine, New Jersey


Reverend William S. Vandegrift, 72, of Brigantine passed away on Friday October 6, 2017. Father Bill was born in Philadelphia to the late Raymond and Marie Fisher Vandegrift. After his father passed away suddenly Father Bill became the patriarch of the family caring for his mother and his siblings. He also became in charge of running the family business. His calling to become a priest sent Father Bill to Mount Saint Mary's College in Emmitsburg Maryland and St Mary's College in Kentucky.

He was ordained on May 24, 1980 by the Most Reverend George H. Guilfoyle, Bishop of the Camden Diocese. Father Bill served as Parochial Vicar at St Mary Mother of the Church, Bellmawr; St. Matthew Church, National Park; St. Maria Goretti Church, Runnemede and St. Augustine Ocean City. Father Bill was then was appointed Administrator of St. Augustine's Church before being named Pastor of St James Church in Penns Grove. He was then appointed Administrator and then Pastor of St Raymond Church, Villas.

Father Bill retired in 2010. After a short retirement of 4 months he became pastor St Thomas the Apostle Church Brigantine. Father Bill remained Pastor of St Thomas Church until his health forced him to retire in July, 2017. During his time serving the Diocese Father Bill served as the Spiritual Moderator for Separated and Divorced and Spiritual Moderator-New Beginnings, Cherry Hill.

Father Bill is survived by his siblings Sally Mc Gaffney, Marie Weisbrod (Paul), Jack Vandegrift (Janice) and Patricia Stafford (Gary). He is also survived several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brothers Raymond and Jim and his sisters Diane Vallone and Carol Rosenberry.

Relatives, friends and Clergy of the Camden Diocese are invited to attend Father Bill's Viewings on Wednesday Evening October 11, 2017 from 6 to 9pm and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:45am at St Thomas Church, 331 8th Street South, Brigantine NJ 08203. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11am. Interment will be Friday 11am at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Wyndmoor Pa.

The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made in Father Bill's memory to St Thomas Church at the above address or Holy Redeemer Hospice, 6550 Delilah Road Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234.

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Family Services by Keates-Plum Funeral Home, Brigantine.

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  • St. Thomas Church
    331 8th Street South
    Brigantine, NJ 08203
  • Holy Redeemer Hospice
    6550 Delilah Road
    Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

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3112 W Brigantine Ave
Brigantine, NJ 08203
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