William A. Mego, Jr., 88, of Howell Township passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Bill was born in Fair Haven and raised in Red Bank. He had lived in Eatontown, Walpack, Neptune, and Ocean before settling in Howell in 2003. Bill proudly served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960 and in 1961 married the love of his life, Loretta. Together they raised three children who learned the value of hard work and perseverance through their parents’ example. One of his children’s favorite memories focused on Bill’s baseball talents. In their childhood neighborhood, kids from streets away would grab their gloves awaiting “Mr. Mego” to hit baseballs to each amid a narrow street lined with cars and houses – never once causing damage – and he did it both righty and lefty!
He retired in 1984 as a mechanic for Firestone in Red Bank with over 35 years of dedicated service. Bill was a die-hard sports fan, cheering for his Jets, Mets, Islanders, and Devils. He was a loyal friend, a loving father and a dedicated husband with a singular focus of spending time with his family and doing what it took for them to enjoy annual vacations together.
Bill was predeceased by his mother Margaret and father William Mego Sr, his brother and six sisters. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Loretta; three children, William A. Mego, III and his wife, Jean of Eatontown, Donna Mego-Horowitz and her husband, Stanley of Howell, and Charles A. Mego and his wife, Paula Jean of Woodstock, GA; five grandchildren, Courtney Mego, Megan Mego, Kendall Horowitz, Danielle Mego, and JT Mego.
A memorial gathering will be held at the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road (Route 524), Freehold Township on Sunday, December 10, 2023, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM with a memorial service to follow at 3:00 PM.
For those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or HERE.