Mr. William Teel

August 1, 1958 - August 20, 2020 Coatesville, PA | Age 62

Mr. William H Teel Jr. (Duck) of Coatesville. Passed away August 20, 2020, at the age of 62 at Chester County Hospital. Mr. Teel was the son of the late Lorraine (Baccino) Teel, and survived by his Father, William H Teel Sr., and step mother, Rosemary (Furia) Teel of Kennett Square.

He is also survived by the love of his life, Theresa (Clarke) Teel, of Coatesville, whom he shared 36 years of life with.

Born on August 1, 1958, Mr.Teel was a graduate of Kennett High school class of 1976. He was an executive chef, working various restaurants in Chester County.

In his free time, Bill loved planting and growing fresh vegetables in his garden with his great granddaughter Baylee Rose, as well as music festivals including being an honorary member of the “Brandywine River Rats”. He also thoroughly loved his dogs.

Surviving in addition to his wife and parents, are his children. Katie Teel and Jennifer Kowaleski of Coatesville, and Jason Fieni of Ashville. As well as his grandchildren, Devon Butler, Dylan Butler and Gavin Feather of Chester County, and great grandchildren Baylee and Sullivan.

He will also be remembered by his brother David L. Teel and wife Teresa of Kennett Square, and sister Tricia Coyle and husband Brian of West Grove.

A celebration memorial will be set up in the near future, details will be provided to friends and family at a later date.

A Note from his Daughter:
We wanted to send a thank you to all of those who have sent numerous messages and support, acknowledging my father and how much of a good man he was. Those who knew him, knew how intelligent and witty he was. He was hysterical and enjoyed the simplistic moments of life. He enjoyed times on the Brandywine River, and music festivals as stated above, with friends who have become family. Of course, no one can replace some one’s father, so this will be a process, but I truly believe he lived a life he enjoyed. I hope that everyone in this life can experience the type of unconditional love I have experienced from my father. He supported me in anything I wanted to do, made fun of me when I would be dramatic, and loved me despite any mistake I have made in life. That’s what a father should do, and while I will never be able to repay that, I have peace knowing that he never had to question that all the love he had given me, I had returned back to him tenfold.
I love you always,


  1. I just now came across this very sad news. I knew Bill from working with him at the West Chester Inn / Holiday Inn West Chester. Bill was the Executive Chef and no one was more deserving of that position and title than Bill. He commended the kitchen like no other could and was respected by all his co-workers. His work ethic was immeasurable, whatever needed done you knew Bill would get it done. He was impressive in his work. May God bless and comfort his family. If ever I needed a pick me up I would go up to see Bill in the kitchen and he could have me laughing so hard I would be crying. what a great guy and I am blessed to have known him.

    Wayne Brower | March 6, 2021 at 5:26 PM
  2. Mrs. Teel – It is in deepest heartfelt sympathy that we send our thoughts and prayers your way. We know that your husband was your soulmate and love of your life. When you spoke of him the love always shone through. May God heal your grief as you move forward honoring your husband by living life as only you can by touching families as the awesome teacher that you are. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong. You have so many lives to touch.
    The Williams Family (Al, Ellen and Aaliyah)

    Ellen Williams | September 21, 2020 at 5:54 PM
  3. Thinking of you and your family during this sad time. Bill was a wonderful person. Kind and generous with his time, love, and dedication to his family. He will be missed.

    Jennifer Chrisman | August 27, 2020 at 6:57 AM
  4. Dear Bill,
    I was shocked to learn of your son’s death. Please accept my deepest sympathy. May his soul rest in peace in the Lord and may God comfort you.
    Joan Costanzo Fortugno

    Joan Fortugno | August 26, 2020 at 2:24 PM
  5. Terry and children, it’s been a long time since I have seen you as I worked with Bill in the old West Chester Inn days. I always loved going up to the kitchen and Bill always was of a wonderful spirit and greeted me warmly each time. Occasionally you would pop in to visit with Bill and I would get to see you briefly. Most of all I loved Bill’s wonderful wit as he always had a comment or comeback to what anyone had to say. Again my condolences in your loss and my prayers are with you.

    Timothy Berg | August 24, 2020 at 7:44 AM
  6. To the Teel family: I am very sorry for your loss. I went to KHS and worked with Bill at Hugo’s for many years. He was in the kitchen ( maybe sous chef or prep cook?) under a crazy, scary cook but it didn’t deter him from pursuing his passion. Lots of good memories from working together there. He was a good man and well liked. Janice Fitzkee Brown

    Janice Fitzkee Brown | August 24, 2020 at 7:17 AM
  7. This is Late just happen to see this today… sad to hear this Mr. Teel 🙏🏾I Just Said What when I saw this!!! Terry I am so sorry for your Lost .. i met Bill at the school during one of our Gatherings and he was so nice we had fun that Day as he prepared our meal… My Prayers and condolence go out to you and Your Family… Terry I Pray your Strength at this time as you go through this and that God will comfort you when your in your alone time… Continue on cherishing the memories you to shared keep looking up and Smile he will be smiling down on you as well…🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 Rest in Paradise Mr. BILL…

    Carol Harris | August 23, 2020 at 9:38 PM
  8. Beautiful tribute to your Daddy, Katie.
    I will remember this beautiful smile sitting with Chris at our last high school reunion.
    Fellow Kennett High Classmate
    Carol Perrone

    Carol Perrone | August 23, 2020 at 8:15 AM
  9. I’m writing this with a very heavy heart. Remembering all the things we’ve been through since we were kids.Incredibly more than a friend, you were a Brother. Being a couple years older than me, and knowing you since I was a young teenager, you had a large part of shaping me into who I’ve become. I’m going to miss the in depth conversations about music we shared, and attending concerts and festivals with you. You will always have a front row seat in my heart for every show in my future. You will live on in all the hearts that love you…I love you. Rest well Brother.

    Mark (Baggs) Bagnato | August 23, 2020 at 5:49 AM
  10. Love you,Duck..always!…your physical vessel has left..your presence,Spirit,humor and love will never leave left us good stuff,Brother….Night,now..Say hi to Stan and Prine…1958 was a good year!❤️🦆🐾💫🎸🌈☁️☁️

    Chris | August 23, 2020 at 1:10 AM
  11. I met Bill in sixth grade and we were in class and the teacher ( Mr Morrow ) was talking about a duck called the Blue Winged Teal , therefore that was how the nickname Duck was coined and it just stuck with Bill all these years.

    William Darnell | August 22, 2020 at 9:39 PM
  12. My heart goes out to the Teel Family, I am so sorry for you loss, I worked with Bill many years at Eagle and he was like family in the kitchens, Bill was funny and full of joy while working……… He taught me a lot , God Bless you Bill.

    Jimmy “Shepdog” Shepherd

    Jimmy Shepherd | August 22, 2020 at 9:14 PM
  13. Bill was my friend and my mentor. He taught me a love of food and gave me a friendship that sustained me for many years. I was his partner through many banquets, through good times and bad. No one helped me more in my professional and personal life than my friend Bill! I can’t describe the lose I feel nor the happiness I knew as his friend.

    Pete Hardy | August 22, 2020 at 6:53 PM
  14. I’ll miss you bodanga you were an amazing chef , great friend and funny as hell! I love you man! See u on the other side brother!

    Kenny Ludy | August 22, 2020 at 5:51 PM
  15. Terry and Family, I am so sorry for your loss !! Bill was an exceptional person to work with and become a friend of his ! I will miss him !! My prayers for strength for all your family !!!

    Luz Flores | August 22, 2020 at 4:39 PM
  16. Dave we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Larry & Donna

    Donna Sturgill | August 22, 2020 at 4:20 PM
  17. Dear Bill, Trish and family,
    Our deepest sympathy to all of you. May you find peace and comfort in the wonderful memories of your loved one.
    Eddie and Jackie Walton

    Jackie Walton | August 22, 2020 at 3:35 PM
  18. To Bill, Ro and ALL of William`s Family, I am deeply sadden to hear of your great loss. I pray that God gives you the courage to bear this great burden. I am sure Lorraine was waiting with open arms.
    My sincerest sympathy to all,
    Patsy Vanderkraats

    Patsy Vanderkraats | August 22, 2020 at 2:07 PM
  19. Sending love and prayers to the Teel family during this difficult time.

    Chris and Kristi Millard | August 22, 2020 at 12:22 PM
  20. I have know Bill Through my cousin Mark Bagnato, they being the best of friends. Mark worked with Bill at Hugos making pizza in the 70’s. We would get together (pre-Terry years) and he was always so much fun. In later years I have been to many concerts and festivals with Bill and Terri and the gang-Mark Bagnato, Glenn Lafevre, Jeff Baker. We went to Mountain Jam, Peach Festival, Big Noise. Great times always. He loved music and spending time with good friends. Through my cousin Mark he has been a part of my teenage fun years and later as a festival enthusiast. He will be missed but, I will always remember the fun and the music. The music plays on for Bill. My heart goes out to the family who grieve the passing of such a good man.

    Monica Quann | August 22, 2020 at 12:16 PM
  21. I remember Billy from long ago. Bless his soul.

    COLETTA Collins Robinson | August 22, 2020 at 12:08 PM
  22. My heart ❤️ goes out to all.🙏 Billy (Duck) was a sweet kind generous caring soul. He always had a great sense of humor and made everyone his friend. Grateful for those years ago at the farmhouse remembering so many good times with friends. Billy was at the forefront smiling on all his friends. He will be greatly missed by many .God bless 🙏

    Lisa Leonzis | August 22, 2020 at 12:06 PM
  23. Duck I’ll miss you from here to eternity. You were and is my brother I was so blessed to have had all my friends God gave love the people God gives you if jennifer katie terry trisha brian david teresa need anything please let me know love you guys with all my heart.

    david m cornette | August 22, 2020 at 11:43 AM
  24. We had some great times back in the day with Duck and Terry. Love the days on the Brandywine and at Fishing Creek. So sorry for your loss. Duck will surely be missed. Thoughts and prayers for all of you.
    Barb and Jim Baker and family

    Barbara Baker | August 22, 2020 at 11:12 AM
  25. Bill, when I first met you, it was while dating my sister Terry. I knew then that you were an awesome person and that my sister found her soul mate. Thank you for giving yourself to her and loving her for who she was. Seeing her through her life long dream of becoming a teacher. Always loved the visits with your sense of humor and joy for life. I can already see you and Dad making a feast for all. May God Bless you.

    Your loving sister-in-law and brother-in-law Maria and Kevin.

    Maria & Kevin McClain | August 22, 2020 at 10:44 AM
  26. What a lovely piece to write about your Dad. My heart goes out to all of you in this time. What a great man who enjoyed life and was so present for all of you. You have many memories to cherish.❤️

    Mary Jean Wilson-Stenz | August 22, 2020 at 10:22 AM
  27. Miss Teel! I am so sorry to hear this! My condolences to you and your family ❤️Love you my friend! Miss Woodloe

    Lynne Woodloe | August 22, 2020 at 10:10 AM
  28. So very sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all! Terry, my heart is with you, I know yours is breaking! I hope the love and caring from friends and family will guide all of you through this! Love you!

    NATALIE TROLIO | August 22, 2020 at 10:08 AM
  29. Terry, I am sorry very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful obituary. My condolences and prayers for Bill, you and your family.

    Karen Cholak | August 22, 2020 at 10:04 AM
  30. My heart breaks for your family ❤️ I hope you can all find peace knowing Bill is no longer suffering. He was a wonderful friend and neighbor.

    Laurie Jason | August 22, 2020 at 9:40 AM
  31. What a perfectly written obituary and note from my niece giving a true picture of my brothers character! I know he is smiling down on her right now and so very proud of her! How lucky I was to have him as a brother and to have all of our family and extended family in our lives!

    Trish Coyle | August 22, 2020 at 9:23 AM
  32. To my Stepfather : Bill, Thankyou for loving my mother so well. Thankyou for loving me, my siblings, my children & grandchildren unconditionally. You were the only man in my life who never hurt me. The void you leave is heavy. See you on the other side, I love you ❤️
    Your Stepdaughter, Jennifer.

    Jennifer Kowaleski | August 22, 2020 at 9:16 AM

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