William George Kull, Jr., died on September 19th, 2017 with his wife of 25 years, Donna Antonelli Kull at his side. Bill was 77years old and had been bravely battling Parkinson’s disease and cancer for nearly five years.
Bill Kull is survived by his three sons, Daniel Patrick Kull (54), Sean William Kull (50), and Ryan Michael Kull (47); his brother Daniel Kull (73) and his wife Betty; his nephews Kevin and Jeff; his granddaughter Isabella Kull; his stepdaughters Kim and Karyn and their families; and many friends and former co-workers.
Bill was born in Newark, NJ on April 11th, 1940 to his parents William and Marie Kull. He attended school in Rahway, NJ, was an all-star runner on the track team, was an award winning virtuoso on the drums. He met his first wife, Kathie in high school, with whom he would have three sons. While he had an opportunity to join a top band and pursue a career in music, he chose to raise a family and worked for few years selling Goodyear tires before transitioning into the career that would span his entire adulthood.
Bill spent over 50 years working in the beverage alcohol industry. His first job was working for Gold Seal Vineyards, where he was known for dressing as a duck from head to toe to sell their Orange Cold Duck sparkling wine. His charm, enthusiasm, sense of humor, and ambition brought him to Joseph H. Reinfeld Distributors in 1973 where he was appointed North Jersey State Manager. He would soon rise in the ranks due to his talent and energy to hold a number of positions, including Vice President of Reinfeld, The Baxter Group, and Allied Beverage Group. He retired in 2012, looking forward to enjoying time with his wife and extended family in New Jersey and Cape Cod. The cape was a special place for Bill and his family, where he had been going for nearly 30 years with his close friends Frank and Pat Piazza, throwing some killer parties with lots of music and laughter. The family will be spreading Bill’s ashes in Cape Cod Bay, which will be his final resting place.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 9:30 am at Corpus Christi Church, 234 Southern Blve. Chatham Township, NJ. There will be a Memorial Gathering on Sunday, September 24th from 4 to 7 pm at the Bradley Brough & Dangler Funeral Home, 299 Morris Ave. Summit, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people make donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163