William "Bill" Rizk, 83, of Worcester passed away Friday, June 25, 2010 at Christopher House after a brief illness.

He leaves his loving wife of 56 years, Mary (Kalil) Rizk; three children: Steven W. Rizk and his wife, Pamela and their children Michael and Jennifer of Sparta, NJ, Lorrie (Rizk) Dondero and her husband Robert of Georgetown, MA and David W. Rizk and his wife Kimberly and their children Benjamin and Nicholas of Holden, MA. He is survived and will be missed by many relatives and friends as well.

Born in Worcester, MA on June 23, 1927, he was the only child of the late Shakeeb and Eva (Abraham) Rizk. He was a resident of Worcester for most of his life.

Bill joined the Navy in 1946 and served his country for four years including a tour on the USS McCaffery. He received an Honorable Discharge as Seaman First Class.

Bill joined the Worcester Fire Department as a Fire Fighter in 1962 and served for 20 years before he retired as a Lieutenant. During this time he also graduated with honors from Quinsigamond Community College with an Associate Degree in Fire Science in 1975.

Bill was an active parishioner at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Worcester. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, which is the world's largest Catholic Fraternal organization dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. In this organization he successfully achieved the Fourth degree Knighthood.

Bill enjoyed watching and playing sports, especially golf and softball. He played in the UMass Softball league for many years, was known to all as "Big Bill" and pitched the team to three championships. He was an avid Red Sox fan and was thrilled when they finally won the World Series in 2004. However, he was happiest when he was spending time with his family.

A Memorial Mass will be held 6:00 PM on Thursday, July 1st, 2010 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 256 Hamilton Street, Worcester.

His family would like to extend their appreciation and gratitude to the staff at St. Vincent's Hospital and Christopher House for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 256 Hamilton Street, Worcester, MA 01604

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or the Worcester Fire Department Scholarship Fund, 625 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602, or a charity of your choice.

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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from June 27 to June 29, 2010