Bill was born on October 28, 1933 and led a wonderful life; he passed away on March 19, 2021. He was married to Georgia (Heimberger), the love of his life and had 62 wonderful years together. They met at Canadohta Lake in Pa. Together, they raised three children in a loving home in Mt Lebanon, Pa. Leslie (Dave) Cunningham, Kimberly (Tom) Beggs and Jeffrey Manby of Pewaukee, WI. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter; Max (Keely) Martin and Michael Martin (Shannon), Lauren (Chris) Suess, Lindsay (Matt) Cory and Will Beggs; Ashleigh, Julia & Abigail Manby; and Brooke Suess. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Eardley and Fanny Manby, his sister Ruth Boyd and his brother Jack.
Bill graduated from Carnegie High School in 1951 and went to work as a mail boy at Columbia Steel Co. of Carnegie, PA. He began night school at the University of Pittsburgh and then joined the US Army in 1957 for 2 years, as a line of duty investigator at the US Army's 9th General Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany. He returned to his position at Columbia Steel Co. in 1959 while also re-enrolling at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1979 he was named President. We always said Dad went from mail boy to President in the same company. He was loyal in all he did. During his career, he also served as Chairman and President of many Seamless and Tubing Specialty organizations. He retired from Columbia Steel/Teledyne in 1990.
Bill was and active and vibrant part of his community, church and family. He was a lifelong member of his beloved Church of the Atonement, in Carnegie, Pa., where he served in many capacities. He gave back to his beloved Carnegie community in many ways all through his lifetime. He served as a past President of the Boys and Girls Club where he was active in reading stories and singing patriotic songs to the children. Like most, they affectionately called him Uncle Bill. He served as a volunteer at St. Clair Hospital and comforted many patients. He made everyone laugh with his contagious enthusiasm for life. Another passion was his love to be the best Santa Clause with his rosy red cheeks and hearty laugh. Bill also spent considerable time working with his beloved Carnegie Library where he was the President of the Carnegie Valley Partnership that spearheaded the campaign that raised over $12 million dollars for the extensive refurbishment of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library in Carnegie, Pa.
Most of all he enjoyed the many family outings and vacations at Stone Harbor, NJ., Seven Springs Resort, Pewaukee Lake, WI., Boca Grande, FL. and Venice, FL. Bill loved the water where he shared much of his sharp business acumen and life experiences with his children, grandchildren and friends. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan and never missed a game.
He enjoyed life and made special friends of everyone he met. Bill joined Chartiers Country Club in Pittsburgh, PA. in the early 60's where he was ever socializing and playing golf.
To celebrate Bill's life there will be a visitation at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township, Pa., 15220, with the family greeting well-wishers from 3-7 PM on April 30th. A private, family-only Service in Celebration of Bill's Life will be held at the Church of the Atonement. Social distancing is encourages and wearing of facemasks required by the funeral home and church. In lieu of flowers, suggested donations in Bill's memory may be made to the Church of the Atonement (Episcopal), 618 Washington Avenue, Carnegie, PA 15106; OR to the Andrew Carnegie Free Library, 300 Beechwood Avenue, Carnegie, PA 15106. (carnegiecarnegie.org). www.slaterfuneral.com