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Official Obituary of

Wilford Eugene Bishop

May 19, 1963 ~ March 11, 2024 (age 60) 60 Years Old
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Wilford Bishop Obituary

Wilford Eugene Bishop, known affectionately as Wil to his friends and family, embarked on his final journey on March 11, 2024, at the age of 60.  Born on May 19, 1963, in Fort Stewart, Georgia, Wil's early days were just a preview of the adventure and laughter he would bring into the world.

Wil was a man of honor and humor, serving his country with the kind of dedication that only he could mix with a well-timed joke. His military career began in 1981, and for 20 years, SSG Bishop's boots left imprints from the barracks of Germany to his service with the 29th Division M.P. Company of the Maryland National Guard.  After retiring from the military, he volunteered as an Auxiliary Officer with the Sykesville Police Department.

As a civilian, Wil became a Senior Retirement Program Coordinator at T. Rowe Price. At the time of his passing he was an Information Technology Security Specialist at CMS. He considered his co-workers family.

Wil's love for the University of Alabama was rivaled only by his passion for whiskey and live music.  He could often be found 2-stepping the night away or taking long rides in the country, inevitably ending up at a local brewery or distillery. His knowledge of spirits was so renowned that he tended bar at his own establishment, Wil's Whiskey Lounge, serving up laughter and libations in equal measure.

Family was the cornerstone of Wil's world. He is survived by his loving wife, Amy, who was both his dance partner and love of his life. His legacy includes his son Shawn and Andrea Gonzales (future Bishop), his daughter Kirsten, her husband Nathan, and grandson Noah, and Kaleigh and Kevin, his youngest, who all knew him for his bad jokes, pranks and pure love. He is also survived by his father Wilford Bishop (pre-deceased by his mother, Patricia Bishop), his brother Roy Bishop (Kelley), and many nieces and nephews.

Wil's life was a tapestry woven with laughter and service, a narrative of a man who loved deeply, served proudly, and never missed a chance to crack a joke. His absence will be felt at every family gathering, dance party and noted at every bar where the whiskey flows a little less sweetly without him.

So, raise a glass to Wil, a man who lived, loved, and laughed on his own terms.  You may have left us, but your stories, your service, and your spirit will march on in the hearts of all who had the pleasure of crossing your path. Cheers to a life well-lived and a man well-loved. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wil's memory to Waypoint Vets.

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March 21, 2024

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home
4112 Old Columbia Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Mass of Christian Burial
March 22, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Louis Catholic Church
12500 Clarksville Pike
Clarksville, MD 21029

March 22, 2024

11:30 AM
St. Louis Cemetery
Ten Oaks Rd
Clarksville, MD 21029


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