William “Bill” Tegnelia, Jr.

William “Bill” Tegnelia, Jr.

January 19, 1951 ~ June 16, 2020

William “Bill” Tegnelia Jr. of Monessen, Pa. passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at his residence in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida. He was 69.

Bill was born on January 19, 1951, to parents William and Rose Tegnelia. The youngest of five siblings, Bill graduated from Monessen High School and attended classes at Indiana University of Pennsylvania before moving to Daytona Beach, Florida, where he became a business owner and, more importantly to him, a father.

Bill loved going to see live music, riding his bike on the beach, playing cards with his friends, watching sports with family at his niece’s house, and teaching his daughter how to play fantasy football. He was the undefeated champion of any football argument he found himself in, mostly due to his opponents forfeiting. More than his work or his hobbies, Bill’s passion was making people laugh. No situation was ever too serious for a joke and nobody was immune to his many pranks. People say the older you grow, the fewer friends you keep. That wasn’t true for Bill. He was a devoted friend, brother and father, and his natural charisma always drew people in and put a smile on their faces.

Bill is survived by his daughter Angela Tegnelia, his brother Don Tegnelia Sr. and his three sisters, Sandy Garofalo, Josephine DiGioia and Rosemarie Paterra, along with multiple nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rose Tegnelia (Imburgia) and his father, William Tegnelia Sr.

Friends are invited to join the Tegnelia family on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 11 am for a celebration of life service at Epiphany Catholic Church (201 Lafayette St, Port Orange, FL 32127) where Bill attended mass every Saturday with his brother and sisters. A memorial reception at Riverside Pavilion (3431 Ridgewood Ave, Port Orange, FL 32129) will immediately follow.

While flowers would be received with gratitude at Epiphany Catholic Church, the family suggests memorial donations be made in his name to the Epiphany Food Pantry (386-767-6111) where Bill volunteered his time for many years.


Jim and Renee Winch - Friends

June 25, 2020, 1:55 am

Our sincere condolences to the Tegnelia family. Billy T was always one of our favorites. God bless! Jim and Renee Winch.

Sandra Garofalo - brother

June 25, 2020, 2:07 am

You are loved by all

Nancy (Cieply) Shepler

June 25, 2020, 2:13 am

My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Paul Dibattista - Friend

June 25, 2020, 2:21 am

I was deeply saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. My heart goes out to my beautiful niece Angela, Billy’s daughter, the strongest young lady I’ve ever known. My deepest condolences to entire Tegnelia family.

Barbara Bradley - Friend

June 25, 2020, 2:27 am

I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for your family

Shirley Beneccio

June 25, 2020, 2:34 am

Miss you Billy, rest easy and in peace. Until we met again…Our love and Prayers Carmen and Shirley Beneccio ❤️

Cindy and Robbie Bellora - Friend

June 25, 2020, 11:34 am

May his memory be eternal….

Frank Falbo - Friends of the family

June 25, 2020, 11:53 am

To the Tegnelia Family our deepest condolences, my memories of Billy was when we were young and living in Monessen way back than he was always having fun in his life he’ll be greatly missed by so many , our prayers and love go out to the Family.Frank & Gail Rischitelli Falbo and son Christopher May he RIP.

Tom and Elaine (Mahalko) Kerr - Friends

June 25, 2020, 12:44 pm

Sending our deepest sympathy and condolences to all.

Ted and Donna Capuano - Friend

June 25, 2020, 1:01 pm

Our deepest sympathies to the Tegnelia family. When you were around Bill you knew you were going to be smiling and enjoying his company.
Our prayers to all.

Kathy Gilotty - Friend

June 25, 2020, 2:15 pm

Our sympathies and prayers go out to the Tegnelia siblings and Angela. The world will never be the same without our dear friend of 50 years, Billy. Rest in paradise, dear friend. Kathy Gilotty and Doug Croft

Bob Billick - neighbor

June 25, 2020, 2:44 pm

Tegnelia family, I am so sorry for your loss. Billy was a great guy. The entire family was made of good people. Every day I look at the old homestead and think of all of you. Billy will be missed but his smile and laugh will always be remembered. He will be in are prayers God Bless. Bob Billick and Family

Michele Gnora Roesch

June 25, 2020, 3:01 pm

My deepest sympathy to his family and friends at this difficult time of loss. In peace and .

Rachel, Tut (Mark), Angelina Mallino - Close Friends

June 25, 2020, 5:36 pm

From the Mallino family- We send our deepest condolences to the entire Tegnelia family, most especially Angela.

I (Rachel) had the great pleasure of having Billy as my officiated Godfather. Tut is grieving the loss of his best friend; the many months of phone calls during football season (during which I wasn’t sure if they had a falling out had it not been for the following day’s phone call!) Billy was a gracious host to my daughter who had the privilege of growing up and spending, at minimum, one week each summer visiting Billy with my dad. We, as a family, are grateful for all of the time spent and the memories made.

We are thinking of you all, with love.

Carmen Beneccio - Friend

June 25, 2020, 5:52 pm

Bill, I will miss your jokes and pranks. God Bless

Teddy Wojtkowski - Lifelong friend.

June 25, 2020, 6:56 pm

My deepest sympathy to Billy’s family and friends of which he had many. I will never forget him, his joking, his antics, and his zest for life. I miss playing tennis with Billy, his companionship, and there will always be a place in my heart for him.

‘When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.’ Khalil Gibran

Carol Ursinyi Katona - Friend of RoseEllen

June 25, 2020, 11:42 pm

RoseEllen & Angela – I’m so sorry to hear of Billy passing. You are in my thoughts & prayers. God speed Bill & former Florida neighbor. God Bless All.

Mark Gorscak - Friend and Co-Worker

June 26, 2020, 4:01 pm

Your father Bill is Heaven’s Gain!
Yours in Football with much prayers!
Mark Gorscak

Bill and Jane Sterback Mazzei - Friends of the family

June 26, 2020, 4:26 pm

Sincere condolences to Bill’s family. We came to know him at the Monessen – Florida reunions which Sandy etc. organized. Our deepest sympathy.

Linda Denelsbeck - friend

June 27, 2020, 1:43 pm

He will be missed. So sorry for your loss.

Larry & Pamela - Friends

June 27, 2020, 1:55 pm

We will surely miss Bill’s bright smile & contagious laugh, here at The Townhomes at the Oceans. And, the opportunity to finally beat him at one of his & Donna’s card games! May The Lord bless and receive his Soul with joy and peace.

Susan and Tim Brick - friends

June 27, 2020, 3:50 pm

A good friend for nearly 50 years Billy was always there to help through the tough times and to share a joke or a laugh. We miss him. Our deepest sympathies to Angela and the Tegnelia family

Guy Bennett - Friend

June 28, 2020, 4:08 pm

So sad brother you where always positive and funny and always pulling pranks was always a pleasure to run into you you’ll be missed but not forgotten love ya Guy

Guy Bennett - Friend

June 28, 2020, 4:14 pm

You’ll be missed but not forgotten I’ll miss those pranks and jokes and you’re always positive attitude love you buddy it was a pleasure sharing life with you

Alan Robinson - Friend

June 28, 2020, 8:06 pm

Well all Wow I met Bill in 1987 at the Gym we worked out together for years did FlapJacks for Breakfast hung out all over ran track yes I did too but he beat me lol last time I saw him was in Daytona Shores he will be truly missed and was a great friend my deepest regards to his family I think I met them all years ago hope you all stay Blessed

Randy and Jennifer Fichtner - Friend and co-worker

June 29, 2020, 12:02 pm


Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We pray that the loving memories of your father bring you peace, comfort, and strength today and always.

Will Graves

June 29, 2020, 5:17 pm


So sorry for your loss. My dad introduced me to sports. My first pro sporting event was the NFC Championship game in 1983. It was a drug. I still have the ticket stubs. Sports served as the major bond in our lives until his passing in 2010. Sounds like it was much the same for you and your father.

All the best to you and your family in this difficult time. Look forward to seeing you down the road and may the warm memories of you and your dad help you find comfort.

Ken L Brannan - Friend

June 29, 2020, 6:54 pm

RoseEllen and Angela, We could fill this entire condolence book with wonderful reflections of how Bill made us laugh, brought joy to our companionship, and added a sense of adventure to our times together.
He was the kind of friend we all dream of having in our lives. You never tire of being in his company and he is the first to be at your side in the time of need. We cherish times we shared and will honor his memory retelling those great stories for all our future days.
God Bless You.
Kenny Brannan and Rhonda Falcon

Marie Viti - Neighbor

July 1, 2020, 1:22 pm

Dear Angela,
We were sorry to hear of the death of your dad. You were so special to him. He was a great neighbor and always had an opinion about something. We were sorry when he moved from the neighborhood. The funniest thing I remember was without fail, your dad would leave the house and then two minutes later he would speed back home because he forgot something. Never failed. One year he bought me a delicious box of chocolates because I would send him left over Italian dishes which he really enjoyed. The neighborhood wasn’t the same when he left. May he Rest In Peace.
Dominic and Marie Viti

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