Bill Price, 72, longtime Inquirer reporter

Posted: March 16, 2014

Bill Price, 72, a longtime Inquirer reporter, died Wednesday, March 5, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at a hospital in Clermont, Fla., his wife said.

His last byline appeared in the newspaper in 1999 - ending a career that spanned nearly four decades at The Inquirer.

Mr. Price was a "very warmhearted guy, very industrious, and really a stellar colleague," said Inquirer editor William K. Marimow, who worked with Mr. Price in the 1970s.

William Price - he was not given a middle name, said his wife of 40 years, Stella - was born in Mount Carmel, Pa. He was the second youngest of nine siblings and was raised by an aunt in Philadelphia.

His first job was at a Bayuk cigar factory, poking holes into the ends of cigars, his wife said.

He got a job as a copy boy in the early 1960s, said Acel Moore, The Inquirer's associate editor emeritus, who started at the newspaper in 1962, also as a copy boy.

"He was a good reporter and a gentleman," Moore said. "I respected him."

Mr. Price later became a police reporter. His last assignment was as obituary writer in the Bucks County bureau.

"I knew him as a conscientious, hardworking reporter, who checked and double-checked his info before writing a story," said retired Inquirer reporter Richard V. Sabatini.

Mr. Price was a motorcycle rider, his wife said, and a devoted dog owner, including his Chihuahua mix, Harry.

He also enjoyed roller skating, even into his later years, she said.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Price is survived by nieces and nephews.

His body was cremated.

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