William ‘Bill’ James Berger passes away | SummitDaily.com

William ‘Bill’ James Berger passes away

William “Bill” James Berger Sr. was born June 14, 1942, to George and Nancy Berger in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He unexpectedly passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado from complications from a major coronary bypass on May 2, 2008. He is preceded in death by both his mother and father.

Bill is survived by daughter, Amy Berger; son, Billy Berger; sister, Beth (Steve) Kline; brothers Tom Berger, George Berger and numerous nephews, nieces and friends.

Bill was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Penn., where he attended Saint Boniface Grade School and North Catholic High School. He was an altar boy and president of the Catholic Youth Organization. Bill was a natural athlete throughout childhood and, as a young man excelled in football,which earned him a full scholarship to play center for Denver University.

Bill was a sports fan through and through, although he left Pittsburgh in 1960, he was a die-hard Steelers, Pirates and Penguins fan! He attended University of Denver and studied bio-chemistry. He married Bonnie Folkerts in 1964 and together had two children. After graduating with honors, Bill worked as a pharmaceutical rep for Marion Labs. Being an athlete his entire life, Bill left his sales job to open one of the first tennis shops, Le Bounce, in Colorado Springs.

He then went into real estate and development until he found his true calling in the mountains. His love for nature, horses and people bloomed in Breckenridge and eventually landed him at the Platte Ranch in Fairplay, where he was able to do what he loved the most.

Bill was known for his kindness, sense of humor and generosity. He donated his time, money and horseback rides to many local charities in both Summit and Park County. Bill lived his life for others and was dedicated to making every person he met feel special and leave with a smile on his or her face.

His legacy is far reaching.

For all that were blessed to know him, will never forget the man with the old cowboy hat and beaming smile.

Please join us for a celebration of Bill’s Life to be held Saturday at noon at the Platte Ranch, 40905 Highway #9 Fairplay, Colorado.

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