William G. Foster, 81, of New Philadelphia, passed away at Hennis Care Centre in Dover on Sunday, October 1, 2023 following a brief period of declining health.
Born in Dover on September 11, 1942, he was the son of the late Mary Margaret Foster (Cox) and Floyd Henry Foster of Barnhill.
After graduating from New Philadelphia High School in 1961, Bill began his lifelong career as a long haul tractor-trailer driver. His career spanned more than 50 plus years serving as a hauler for Motor Freight in Midvale then working as a driver with the Teamsters Union under George Kalec. He eventually moved on and spent the greatest part of his driving career at Berner Trucking in Dover where he served as an expert in his field and role model to other drivers. Safety and customer satisfaction were his top priorities. He was the first driver there to operate an Autocar with an automatic transmission and proudly participated in local parades showcasing the state of the art vehicle. He retired from the trucking industry in 2005.
Bill was a talented artist and carver, and was particularly interested in Native American history and the Wild West. He housed a collection of hunting knives and Native American artifacts. He was a wonderful cook and hosted some of the best barbecue parties outside on the deck of his home. Ribs were his specialty and everyone was welcome. In addition, Bill was an animal lover with a special fondness for German Shepherds. He owned several throughout his lifetime. A huge Ohio State fan, he enjoyed watching the games with his sons and family. He spent many fun social hours on the weekends at Sam Mascotti’s Bar and Grill in New Philadelphia where he socialized with numerous friends and acquaintances.
His family includes Rita Lavonne Foster (Cline), his wife of 44 years; his brother H. Floyd “Skip” Foster; and sisters, Betty Jendervin and Ruth Antonelli all of whom preceded him in death.
Bill is survived by four sons and two daughters, James E. Foster, Donald G. Foster (Trisha), William G. Foster, Jonathan Floyd Foster (Kris); daughters, Melody Foster-Sweitzer (Bob), Melissa L. Williams and long-time friend, H. Kathy Booth (Matthus).
His grandchildren include, Jami Foster, Madeline Foster, Liam Foster, Morgan Foster, Henry and Emmalie Foster, Katelyn Sweitzer, Tyler Vogel, and Paisley and Grafton Williams.
Cremation has been entrusted to the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home and Crematory at Dover. A private celebration will be held to honor Bill’s life.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Tuscarawas County Humane Society: 1432 Tall Timber Rd. NE, New Philadelphia, Ohio.