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William T. Behrends
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    540 White Plains Road Suite 300
    Tarrytown, NY 10591

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“I was so sorry to learn of Mr. B's passing. What a great man. I will never forget him! Jeff K. ”
1 of 85 | Posted by: Jeffrey Kellogg - CARMEL, NY

“We were truly saddened to learn of Bill's untimely passing. We were unaware of Bill's illness and to read his obituary was unexpected. Bill was not...Read More »
2 of 85 | Posted by: Robert and Marsha Nussbaum - NH

“My deepest condolences to the Behrends family. Mr. Behrends was a wonderful teacher, coach and mentor. He really cared about his students. He helped...Read More »
3 of 85 | Posted by: Leslie Seymour - Rochester, NY

“Bill Behrends was a truly exceptional person. One on person is missing, the whole world seems desolate. When I became an Athletic Director at Gorton...Read More »
4 of 85 | Posted by: Howard Meyer - Brookfield, CT

“I was a student at mahopac and remember him fondly. So sorry for your loss ”
5 of 85 | Posted by: Yvonne McDonnell - WPB, FL


6 of 85 | Posted by: Kevin Bergin - Hyde Park, NY

“When I was a young boy, Mr. Behrends called me "Mike." It was explained to me, by my father Michael Bergin, that the two of them were in the Marine...Read More »
7 of 85 | Posted by: Kevin Bergin - Hyde Park, NY

“Mr. B was loved and admired by his family and everyone who was fortunate enough to know him. While I have many memories all which will be treasured...Read More »
8 of 85 | Posted by: Ramona Bastome Winter

“Joe Pic here from almost 50 years ago. Thanks for all you done for myselfand countless others over the years. Great people come in few.God bless ”
9 of 85 | Posted by: Joseph Piqueras - wallkill, NY

“My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Behrend's family at this difficult time. May the memories and love you share bring you peace. Rest in...Read More »
10 of 85 | Posted by: Gina McGovern - Calabash, NC

“i looked forward to his yearly phone call to order the trophies for the section one basketball tournament at county center. it was more of a friendly...Read More »
11 of 85 | Posted by: Todd Zuzulo - pelham, NY - Friend

“I was a graduate of MHS in 1994 and remember how kind and friendly Mr. Behrends always was to me. he always went out of his way to help me. R.I.P Mr....Read More »
12 of 85 | Posted by: Sean Payne - Bethel, CT - Student

“To all the Behrends,I remember playing with your dad while raking leaves with my grandfather. He was always so kind to us and to my grandparents....Read More »
13 of 85 | Posted by: Mary McNamara Waldron - CO

“Dear uncle Bill your at peace now you were the best husband,father uncle and God father you will be missed you will always be in my heartsv ”
14 of 85 | Posted by: Marcella Cahill - Glendale, NY

“So sorry to hear, Prayer to the Family. ”
15 of 85 | Posted by: Janet McGrane - Stangl - Mahopac, NY

“I graduated from MHS in 1993 and Mr. Behrends was the best. We got along great and he helped me with some personal issues that I had to deal with. He...Read More »
16 of 85 | Posted by: Kerri Calabrese - Mahopac, NY

“I have had the great pleasure of working as Bill's caregiver for the last few years.It has been a blessing and a treasure to know a man of Bill's...Read More »
17 of 85 | Posted by: Kevin Provost - Mahopc, NY

“To the Behrends Family,I am so sorry for your loss. I loved your Dad as an administrator and as a coworker. He was such a sweet and honest man with...Read More »
18 of 85 | Posted by: Regina (Carnazza) Fody - DE

“I'm so very sorry for your loss and the pain you continue to feel through the years. Please draw solace and hope from God's promise at John 11:35,40...Read More »
19 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“May God comfort and strengthen your family during this time of deep sorrow. God will remember those who pass on in death because they are precious...Read More »
20 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“May Gods loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very difficult time. Psalms 29:11. ”
21 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“I am sorry for your loss. May you receive the comfort you need during this difficult time. Matthew 5:4 ”
22 of 85 | Posted by: MP

“My condolences to the family. What a great man with such patience he had with his students. I remember many times having to "sit" in the office and...Read More »
23 of 85 | Posted by: Robb Delaney - Atlanta, GA

“I wish to offer my condolences to the family of Bill you should draw comfort to the fact that he lived a long life and touched so many people in such...Read More »
24 of 85 | Posted by: Robert Bayer - Hollywood, FL

“Please accept my heart felt sympathy for the loss of your love one. May the God of all comfort Strengthen you at this time of sadness. May God...Read More »
25 of 85 | Posted by: S H - Snellville, GA

“Sorry for your lost in the family hecho 24 15 ”
26 of 85 | Posted by: Lilie Torres - Brooklyn NY

“May Gods loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very difficult time. Psalms 29:11. ”
27 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“I am deeply sorry for your loss. May you continue to feel comforted by the loving support of family and friends and also from God Almighty who will...Read More »
28 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“Offering sincere condolences to the Behrends family and friends.May God comfort your hearts and make you firm. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17 ”
29 of 85 | Posted by: L B - GA

“My Sincerest condolences for your loss. May precious memories of your dear loved one, along with encouraging words such as those found at John 11: 25...Read More »
30 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“Sincere condolences to the family of William, May Gods loving kindness comfort the family and give them peace.(1Cor.1:3) ”
31 of 85 | Posted by: SAS

“My sincere condolences to the Family for the loss of your loved one. Find strength in prayer, joy in your fond memories and comfort in God. (2...Read More »
32 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“I so sorry for your loss. May the God who "binds up thebrokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn," strengthen you during this...Read More »
33 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“Please accept my sincere condolences.You are not alone during this time of sorrow and pain. May God give your family strength and comfort to help you...Read More »
34 of 85 | Posted by: M C

“My deepest condolences are with the family and friends during this difficult time. May the comfort from our loving God bring peace and warmth....Read More »
35 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“May God sustain you and your family in this time of mourning. ”
36 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“May you all have the strength you need at this time of sorrow, Phillipians 4:13.- Philadelphia. ”
37 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“Sending my condolences to the family of a magnificent man. Mr Behrends managed to stretch us to excellence with his wit, sense of purpose and the...Read More »
38 of 85 | Posted by: Joan Cassetta Shields - CO

“Prayers for the family and friend's of Mr.Behrends. I remember him well when I was in Mahopac High School. He was a great teacher and really loved...Read More »
39 of 85 | Posted by: PATRICIA DELANEY - CONWAY, SC

“My sincerest condolences to the entire Behrends Family. He was such a sweet Man who put his Family first. I have wonderful memories of him and my Dad...Read More »
40 of 85 | Posted by: Susan Sterling van Vugt - Roswell, GA

“So sorry to hear this. Mr behrends always brought a smile to everyone's face. I (maybe not a good thing) was in his office a lot, but he always...Read More »
41 of 85 | Posted by: David Hufnagel - Mahopac, NY

“My prayers are with the Behrens family. He was a wonderful man ”
42 of 85 | Posted by: Missy FOSCOLOSS - Chas, SC

“We are so very sorry to hear of Mr. Behrends passing. He was such a wonderful man and always greeted us with a big smile. Boy did he save me from...Read More »
43 of 85 | Posted by: Meg & George Wright - Lagrange, NY

“My fondest memories are from New Years Day and your dad dropping in for a scotch and a visit with my dad. Sending prayers and hugs and kisses. If I...Read More »
44 of 85 | Posted by: Julie Tracy - Delray Beach, FL


45 of 85 | Posted by: T L

“So sad to hear of Mr. Behrends passing.I have many fond memories of him as my coach and mentor during my years at Mahopac high school. My condolences...Read More »
46 of 85 | Posted by: Erich Komdat - Newark, DE

“MR. William, We will always LOVE you. Hasta la vista Mr. William. Your son: John and sister and daughter in law Jacqueline Behrends ”
47 of 85 | Posted by: Jacqueline Behrends - NY

“Please accept my condolences for your families loss. May God give to your family the comfort and strength you need to cope with your loss. Please...Read More »
48 of 85 | Posted by: M G

“To the family our deepest condolences may you have comfort in knowing how almighty God feels for your love one Psalms 116:15 ”
49 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“Mr. Behrends taught me a lot as my advisor/principal from 89-92. Whenever I was in trouble, he showed me a different perspective and how to manage...Read More »
50 of 85 | Posted by: Chris Mcgary - Student

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
51 of 85 | Posted by: M B

“Those who pass on God Keeps in his memory because he cares for them. Sorry for your loss. ”
52 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I worked with him at Mahopac High School and remember his smile. He was truly a gentleman, full of energy and...Read More »
53 of 85 | Posted by: Linda Guadagnoli - Navarre, FL

“What a great guy, We were so lucky to have him at Mahopac. He was very caring and always treated us with respect. He personally bonded with and...Read More »
54 of 85 | Posted by: michael annunziata - Mahopac, NY

“I loved Mr. Behrends and he was such a ray of sunshine. Every time I saw him, he paid attention to me and encouraged me and always had something...Read More »
55 of 85 | Posted by: Jay Emma - Chappaqua, NY - Friend

“Behrends Family....our sympathy, thoughts, prayers and most importantly our gratitude for sharing your Dad's life with us....we are all better human...Read More »
56 of 85 | Posted by: Don and Eileen Smith - FL

“I have such wonderful memories of Mr. B at the high school. His smile always lit up the whole cafeteria! He was always so warm with all of his...Read More »
57 of 85 | Posted by: Maureen Skelly Anderson - FL

“I sympathize with you for the loss. When a loved one dies their memories becomes a treasure, may those cherished memories of a life well lived of...Read More »
58 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“Its never easy to lose a loved one. I pray you find comfort from in Gods promise found at (John 6:40) which says that soon we will all see our love...Read More »
59 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“So many fond memories. Spending time at the Behrends home watching football and having dinners. What a wonderful man. All my live to the whole family...Read More »
60 of 85 | Posted by: Mary (Perry) Robbins - Argyle, TX

“R.I.P Coach Behrends ”
61 of 85 | Posted by: William Chiacchia - Mahopac, NY

“Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. ”
62 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. ”
63 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“Very sorry for the lost of your loved one May God the hearer of prayers comfort you during this difficult time and give you strength. 2 cor. 1:4 ”
64 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“Mr. Behrends was one of my favorite teachers at Mahopac High School in the early 80's. I had him for business math and I still use some of the...Read More »
65 of 85 | Posted by: Lisa Daros-Gutshall - Palmetto, FL

“Our love and condolences to family and friends of Bill. ”
66 of 85 | Posted by: Judy Brady Witherspoon - VA

“Rest easy, Coach. You did your duty. You had a great run. I am richer knowing you in school. You will be missed. ”
67 of 85 | Posted by: David Gliewe - Tampa, FL

“Mr Behrends was a classy guy in the vein of Jim Rollier;Joe Bellucci;and Bill Stanley...all Ww2 vets and all admired by everyine who went to Mahopac...Read More »
68 of 85 | Posted by: Kevin Griffith - Ebfield, CT

“As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends...Read More »
69 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“Our sincere condolences to the family. May you find comfort in knowing that God collects our tears and is close to the brokenhearted ready to...Read More »
70 of 85 | Posted by: F&D

“I'm so sorry for your loss. May God's word comfort you. The scripture at John 6:40 gives us hope to see our loved ones again in the future. Hold on...Read More »
71 of 85 | Posted by: N M

“Rest in Peace Mr. B you were loved by all.Mary and Family my condolences, My prayers to all of youLove Laura ”
72 of 85 | Posted by: Laura Martorana Miller - NY

“I am sorry for your loss. May prayer comfort you.1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray constantly." ”
73 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“I have fond memories of Mr Behrends. His love of football and stories about famous coaches I still remember. He was very kind and dedicated, and one...Read More »
74 of 85 | Posted by: Cathie Bazner - Mount Dora, FL

“May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Please except my deepest sympathy. Romans 12:12 ”
75 of 85 | Posted by: A Caring Neighbor

“My condolences to Mr.B's family, he was truly one of the good guys. He was more than a teacher to a lot of us he was a friend, a great listener and a...Read More »
76 of 85 | Posted by: Paula Kolp (Cannizzaro) - NC

“During this time of grief and sorrow, know that you are not alone. May God give your family and friends strength and comfort to help you endure this...Read More »
77 of 85 | Posted by: D S

“Sending you my condolences in the time of your loss. ”
78 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“I would like to offer my condolences to the family. I am very sorry for your loss. May you receive comfort and peace from God. Romans 15:3 ”
79 of 85 | Posted by: B P

“I am so sorry for your loss. God cares for you and he will comfort you at this time. (1 Pet. 5:6 & 7) ”
80 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn," strengthen you during this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1...Read More »
81 of 85 | Posted by: A friend

“My heartfelt condolences to the family. May you find comfrort from Gods words and promises for the future for our loved ones who have passed. Have...Read More »
82 of 85 | Posted by: A.B

“Words can not express how sorry I am for the loss of your father. Our families have shared many memories with each other having had my grandmother...Read More »
83 of 85 | Posted by: Kathleen McNamara-Scofield

“What a wonderful long life your loved one had, Psalm 90:10 says that the days of our years are 70 years, And if because of special mightiness they...Read More »
84 of 85 | Posted by: Maria A - Dallas, TX

“May the peace of God be with you. ”
85 of 85 | Posted by: A friend


William T. Behrends, a longtime resident of Mahopac, NY passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at the age of 92. He was born in Manhattan on December 4, 1926, the son of Frederick and Margaret (Dolan) Behrends.

Bill served in the US Marine Corps during WWII. Following the war he worked in the business world for National Cash Register Co. (NCR) and Boroughs. Because his job took so much time from his family, he went into education so that he could spend more time with them; a decision he never regretted.

Bill had a very long and distinguished career in the Mahopac Central School District. In the mid 1960's he taught fifth grade at the Mahopac Falls Elementary School and from there moved on to Mahopac High School. At the high school level he taught business and became the Athletic Director, a position he treasured and held for many years. Additionally, while at the high school he coached football, gymnastics and track. Following his tenure as Athletic Director, he became an Assistant Principal at the middle school and high school, retiring in the early 2000's.

Bill founded the Mahopac Relays, an annual event that brought many schools in the area to compete in track and field events. He was one of the longest serving members of the Section 1 Basketball Committee.

He was an active parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church in Mahopac where he was instrumental in the CYO program and attended Nocturnal Adoration.

On June 28, 1952 he married Josephine T. Walsh in the Bronx. Josephine passed away on April 22, 2005. He is survived by his sons, William, Eugene and John; his daughters, Ann Bastone, Mary Leslie and Joan Behrends; his identical twin brother, Frederick; his grandchildren, Danielle, Amy, R.J., Molly, Jared and Gregory and his great grandson, William. He was predeceased by his step-brother, Edward Lyons.

Visiting will be held on Monday, January 14 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 15 at 10 am at St. John the Evangelist Church, Mahopac with interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation www.parkinsons.org or to Hospice Care of Westchester and Putnam.