William A. “Bill” Mereno, 88, of Virginia Beach, passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019.
Bill was born Sept. 27, 1931, in Cleveland, Ohio. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951 and served in the Korean War aboard the destroyer USS Perkins DDR877. In 1957, Bill volunteered for the submarine squadron and qualified aboard the USS Entemedor SS-340 and served aboard the USS Seawolf SSN-575.
Upon retirement from the Navy, Bill earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Old Dominion University in 1972 and became a 6th grade teacher at Windsor Woods Elementary School in Virginia Beach for 18 years. He also taught at Creeds Elementary School for three years before retiring from Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Then, Bill served as a volunteer for the Retired Activities Office in Norfolk and guided tours for 15 years at the Old Coast Guard Station at 24th Street in Virginia Beach. Bill was a member of the U.S. Submarine Veterans Holland Club.
Bill is survived by three children, Kathleen Mereno, Patricia Guyton and Timothy Mereno; and eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel, 3600 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, at the funeral home, followed by a funeral procession to the graveside service located at Princess Anne Memorial Park, 1110 Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach, at noon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Virginia Beach SPCA.
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