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William Reynolds “Bill” Phelan, 78, of St. Leonard died Nov. 4, 2012, at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

He was born Feb. 2, 1934, in Washington, D.C., to Donald William and Pauline Mary (Reynolds) Phelan.

He was raised in University Park, attending St. Jerome’s Elementary School and Northwestern High School. He was an all-star athlete, received many awards and even went on to pitch in the minor leagues for a farm team of the Cincinnati Reds. He was a professional firefighter for Prince George’s County for 43 years. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the College Park and Hyattsville departments. He was a member of the Firefighters’ Union, Local 1619, and the Greater Washington Umpire Association. He was a 30-year volunteer for the Prince George’s County Fire Department’s charity softball tournaments benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins and a faithful supporter of local sports, especially the Huntingtown High School Hurricanes.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Frances “Fran” Phelan of St. Leonard; son, Robert William Phelan; daughter, Dianne Marie Pastelak and her husband, Nicholas, all of Prince Frederick; grandchildren, Sarah, Kelly, Jason, Shannon Phelan and Kathryn Pastelak; and many, many friends.

Family will receive friends from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Rausch Funeral Home in Owings, where a memorial service and celebration of his life will follow at 11:30 a.m.

Inurnment will be at Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens in Port Republic.

Memorial contributions may be made to Huntingtown High School Athletic Department, 4125 Solomons Island Road, Huntingtown, MD 20639.