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William Gurkas

December 20, 1931 June 17, 2018
William Gurkas
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Obituary for William Gurkas

William Gurkas, 86 of Colts Neck, died on Sunday, June 17th, 2018 at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank.

He was born and raised in Kearny, he graduated from Kearny High School, where he played on the football team and was inducted into their athletic hall of fame.

Mr. Gurkas was a member of the Operating Engineers, Local # 68, he worked for many years as an Engineer for Bamberger’s department store and eventually retired from Macy’s.

He and his wife Rosalyn of 64 years, or he would say we are in our 65th year of marriage, moved to Colts Neck 40 years ago. They built their family home on 10 acres. His love for horses led him to build a stable and several paddocks on the property where he bred, raced and boarded thoroughbreds. He enjoyed fixing anything he could get his hands on, fishing on his boat, and taking care of his farm. He enjoyed his family and being a part of his grandchildren’s lives.

He was pre-deceased by his parents, Sarah and Joseph Gurkas and his five siblings.

Surviving Bill is his wife Rosalyn; their three daughters and their husbands, Karen and Donald Fouts, Davis, Ca., Denise and William Hines, Colts Neck and Laura and Randall Scott, Colts Neck; five grandchildren, Madeline, Hilaire, Matthew, William and Mark.

Visitation will be Friday, June 22nd, 2:00 to 5:00 pm, at the Holmdel Funeral Home, 26 South Holmdel Road, Holmdel, NJ. Mass of Christian burial, Saturday 10:00 am at St. Mary’s RC Church, Rt. 34 and Phalanx Road, Colts Neck. Interment will follow at St. Gabriel’s Cemetery, Marlboro.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mr. Gurkas to the American Stroke Association, Founders Affiliate, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005, To share a favorite memory or messages of condolence please visit Mr. Gurkas’s page of tributes at

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2:00 PM 6/22/2018 2:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 6/22/2018 5:00:00 PM
Holmdel Funeral Home

26 South Holmdel Road
Holmdel , NJ 07733

Holmdel Funeral Home
26 South Holmdel Road Holmdel 07733 NJ
United States

Funeral Mass




10:00 AM 6/23/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. Mary R.C. Church

1 Phalanx Road
Colts Neck, NJ 7722

St. Mary R.C. Church
1 Phalanx Road Colts Neck 7722 NJ
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Gabriel's Cemetery Final Resting Place

Marlboro, NJ

Marlboro, NJ

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