William Joseph Korinek

William J. Korinek, 70, of Bloomingdale, passed away peacefully and surrounded by love on March 14, 2022.

Born in Hackensack and raised in Lodi, NJ, Bill was the son of the late Otto and Rose Rongo Korinek.

Retired from the US Postal Service, Bill was a professional musician for most of his life, His love of music began as a child when he first picked up an accordion at the age of 8. He then moved on to guitar, and ultimately the bass guitar.  He started his first band when he was in his early teens.  From there, Bill became a much sought after bassist with numerous rock and jazz/fusion bands, performed with many named artists, recorded a few jingles for tv commercials. (Fun fact: He played bass for the original Shop Rite Can-Can commercial).  Additionally, Bill did much studio and demo work, and played in the pit for college/off Broadway Theater productions. Most recently, Bill was a member of “The Party Force” a wedding and corporate event band.

Bill also enjoyed playing bass as part of the house band at the Hilltop Monday Night Jam in Lodi, NJ where he shared his talents with many fine musicians and inspired many bass players.  In addition, one of his most current accomplishments was working on the movie, “Does the Band Eat”. He was honored to be part of the film behind the scenes and as a musician.  

Bill will be remembered by all that knew him as a respected gentle soul whose love for music was surpassed only by his love for his wife, family, and friends.

Bill and his beloved wife Debi shared their love of travel, the outdoors, music, spending time caring for their grandchildren, and enjoying their loving fur family Tikki, Teddy and Mabel.

Bill is also survived by Debi’s daughter Sarah Martinez and her husband Marcus, and their children Jace and Miles; Jesse Fatouras; nieces and nephews, Denise Licini, Richard Perks, Jeff Perks, Maureen Meneghin and Mark McAteer;  great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Rita Perks and Helen McAteer.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 12 pm on Saturday, March 26 at Butler Church of the Nazarene, 188 Kiel Ave, Butler, NJ 07405.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory can be made to Butler Church of the Nazarene.