William S. Pasquale Jr.

Williams Salvatore “Bill” Pasquale Jr., 78, of Brookfield, died surrounded by family on Oct. 8, 2015.

Mr. Pasquale was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Since the age of 15 he was a professional jazz guitarist, and at age 19 was house guitarist at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas.

From there he traveled with various groups throughout the East Coast, Canada and the Midwest, finally settling down in the Quad Cities, where he married his first wife, Donna, and started a family.

There he played with the Sotos Brothers and had the opportunity to perform with many name jazz musicians, including Johnny Hartman, Gene Krupa and Dodo Marmarosa.

He moved to Indianapolis in 1969, where he continued to play and tour with several popular jazz musicians and married his second wife, Sue. After living in southern California and moving to Chicago, he spent several of his later years performing with his wife as a duo and quartet in the greater Chicago area.

Mr. Pasquale is survived by his wife of 33 years, Sue; his children, Gina (Steve) Doorn and Joe (Deb) Pasquale; his brother, Raymond; his grandchildren, Anthony Accardo, Jon Doorn and Alex Pasquale; his great-grandchild Elliot Accardo; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Rocco Pasquale and Anthony Pasquale, and his sisters, Rose Perry, Lena Boulay and Elsie Sherrin.

A memorial service will be performed by the Rev. Bruce Anderson, who Mr. Pasquale had known since the 1960s, at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Niles in November.

Memorial tributes may be made at william-salvatore-pasquale.forevermissed.com. The memorial service will be videotaped and available to all who are too far to attend

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