William and Dorothy Flood
Quakertown – After 66 years of marriage, William “Bill” T. Flood, 88, and Dorothy G “Dot” (Brodbeck) Flood, 87, both of Quakertown, PA, passed peacefully within just days of one another at The Villages at LifeQuest , Milford Township. As inseparable as they were in life, so too were they in death. Bill (Dad) passed on February 28, 2022 and Dot (Mom) followed him three days later on March 3, 2022.
Bill was born in Willow Grove, PA, Bill was the son of the late Edward A. & Mary (Shirley) Flood.
Before retiring, he was a self-employed train driver. Prior to that he was employed at Penn Cigar Machine, Acme Wire Machine Company and the Standard Press Steel Company. Bill and Dot were also the former owners of the 11th Frame Bar in the former Del Ennis Bowling Lanes in Huntington Valley, PA.
Dad was an exquisitely skilled machinist, mechanic, manager and business owner. He was a creative and persistent problem-solver who saw opportunity in every challenge. One of his greatest personal achievements, at the tender age of 60, was learning to fly Soaring Airplanes. He loved the challenge and revealed in accomplishing the skill that took him soaring into the beauty and quiet of the thermals. He also took up wood carving and stained glass. His artwork is beauty hanging in many of our homes.
He was a man defined as much by his kind and gentle nature as his perseverance and personal brilliance.
Dot was born in Philadelphia, PA to Robert V. Brodbeck and Frances (Cubbage) Brodbeck.
She was a lifelong explorer and student with insatiable drive to learn new things and bring a good idea to fruition. You could say she was indomitable! Her astute curiosity and drive seemed to make her a woman ahead of her time. When her children were still in grade school, she went to Cosmetology school and became a hairdresser. She briefly worked outside the home before realizing that Dad could build her a small space in the house. Her first venture into self-employment was born. She then went on to run the 11th frame with Bill for 17 years while also raising a family. She learned to cook and sew from NaNa Flood and then spent decades entertaining family and friends at picnics and dinners hosted by “The Hostess with the Mostess”.
Dot learned pottery and ceramics and painting, had a brief stint as a Haberdasher and was forever engaged in a new craft.
Mom didn’t know the meaning of the “quit”, and her life was defined by the meaning of hard work and dedication to family. Her relationships with her brothers and sisters, grandchildren, many friends and everyone she met enriched all our lives. That love is an enduring legacy.
After graduating Secretarial School at 18, Dot went to work at TastyKake in Philadelphia. Not long after, best friend Dolores introduced her to Bill. They dated nearly 3 years before marrying in 1955.
Bill and Dot, whatever they did, they did together. Their 66-year marriage was cemented in a depth of love and commitment to each other that was truly beautiful and inspirational. They were a “team.” That team spirit defined every aspect of their lives. They were true companions of the road, through all the heartaches and joys, always together.
They were dedicated and loving parents. They lead us on countless adventures on the outboard and the Steel Craft cruising the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay and camping trips up and down the east coast.
They were also world travelers from cruises to countless road trips. After retiring, they traveled the country in their 5th wheel, always sharing tales of their adventures with family and friends.
In 2006 they settled into their new home in The Villages, FL and delighted in all the fun, games and amenities of their “Paradise” for 15 years. All the family shares great memories of Florida vacations with Gigi and Pop-Pop filled with swimming, golf, dancing in the Square and playing all manner of games with them from shuffleboard and billiards to Bunko and 3-13. And of course, driving golf carts all over the Villages. Their entire lives have revolved around their family and friends.
They often spoke of their mutual desire to not spend their lives without the other. It is only right and fitting that they have died within three days of each other. We celebrate their long lives as well as acknowledge the hole left in all our hearts.
We love you both more than crayons can color!
Bill and Dot are survived by a daughter Patricia A Flood (Lori) of Port Angeles, WA; son James R. Flood, Sr (Janet) of Quakertown; a granddaughter Jillian R. Vanelli (Christopher) of Quakertown; grandson James R. Flood, Jr. or Hershey, PA; and great grandson Rowan J. Vanelli of Quakertown as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill is also survived by a brother John F Flood of New Port Richey, FL. Dot is also survived by sisters Dolores (Mack) Tipton of Warminster, PA; Madge (Craig) Eiser of Redhill, PA and Rosie Barnes of Tampa, FL. Both Bill and Dot were preceded in death by their parents and sons William T. Flood, Jr. and Michael E Flood; for Bill brother Edward A. Flood, Jr.; for Dot sisters Eleanor (Joe) Staehly; Betty (Perry) Smith; Larue (Paul) Georgeff; brothers Robert (Jeanette) Brodbeck; James Brodbeck.
A Memorial Mass for both Bill and Dot will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday April 23, 2022 in Mary Mother of the Redeemer Catholic Church 1325 Upper State Rd. North Wales, PA 19454. Call from 10:00-11:00 AM in the church. The mass will be live streamed at https://mmredeemer.org/mass-streaming. Please log on at time of service. Recording will also be available at the same address afterwards. Arrangements are in the care of the CR Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Quakertown (www.crstrunk.com).
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to “ProLIFE Across America”. wwwprolifeacrossamerica.org
Posted online on March 11, 2022
Published in The Intelligencer