William ‘Bill’ Eugene Pugh, 73, lived in Jacksonville, FL., passed away on Sunday, 08/27, from complications related to COPD and COVID-19. He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Jake Pugh, Sr., and Mercedes Emig Pugh; two brothers: Jake Pugh, Jr., and John Michael ‘Mike’ Pugh. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Betty Ruth Baird Pugh; three daughters: Tracy Charlene Rigney, Tina Michele Mochowski (Richard), and Billie Jo ‘BJ’ Pugh; three grandchildren: Audrey Renee Rigney, Emma Caroline Pugh, and Thaddeus William Mochowski; three sisters: Martha Cagle (Rick), Janet Samson, and Sr. Susan Pugh, plus many cousins, in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
Bill was born in Jacksonville, FL., on 04/13/1950. He graduated from Paxon High School, C/O 1968. In high school, he ran track and was often seen pole vaulting down Cain Lane. He served 11 years in the US Navy on nuclear submarines, as a Radioman. He retired from the US Postal Service in October 2008, after a long career, spanning 30 years, as a Mail Clerk & a Dock Clerk; also, served as a Chief Shop Steward with American Postal Workers Union, to his colleagues. He served in various positions on the board, his favorite being Secretary to his Union Brothers & Sisters.
Bill married Betty in Jacksonville, FL., on February 12, 1971. They raised their three daughters in Jacksonville. Bill was a loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, son, uncle, and friend to all who knew him. Bill devoted himself to his family, along with his wife, Betty, hosted annual Family Reunions and enjoyed coordinating many other family gatherings over the years. They moved to Lake City, FL., after retiring and resided on the Pugh Family Farm for 10 years. Bill enjoyed his time on the tractor-dredging driveways, mowing fields, or just blazing trails by clearing brush. He was talented at woodworking, welding, and making all kinds of things in his workshop. Declining health made it difficult to maintain the property; thus, brought him back to Jacksonville to be with his girls, in 2019. He enjoyed playing games on his computer and watching movies with family.
Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, 09/07 @ 11am, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church 1773 Blanding Blvd., Jax., FL., 32210, Father Saju Mathew with Deacon George Good presiding. Bill will be laid to rest at Jacksonville National Cemetery on Thursday, 09/07, @ 2:30pm. There will be a Visitation on Wednesday evening, 09/06 from 6pm – 8pm, at Fraser Funeral Home 8168 Normandy Blvd., Jax., FL., 32221. All Funeral arrangements are being directed by Fraser Funeral Home.
St. Matthews Catholic Church
Jacksonville National Cemetery
Fraser Funeral Home