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William Grossmann

August 27, 1929 — January 31, 2023

On January 31, 2023, William (Bill) Grossmann passed away peacefully, at the age of 93. Bill was born on August 21, 1929 to William Grossmann Sr. and Elsie (Jung) Grossmann in Manhattan, NY. He grew up on Long Island and in 1950, graduated from Hofstra University with a BS in Accounting & Business. Bill then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

On April 17, 1955, Bill married Joan Alexandra MacLeod and worked in the family paint and wallpaper business in Huntington Station, NY. In 1959, the entire Grossmann family moved to Wilmington, NY where Bill and Joan built Ledge Rock Motel, later purchased the Winkelman Motel, and raised their 3 children Wendy, Eric and Douglas.

He loved the Adirondacks and was often involved in the local Chamber of Commerce and other civic groups that would promote economic development, inspire tourism and protect the rights of the local residents.

One of Bill's favorite sayings "if you work hard, you can play hard", became a mantra for him and his family. His many interests included hunting, sailing, skiing, target shooting and riding his BMW motorcycle. In the 1970's, he developed a passion for flying and attained his private pilot's license, as did his wife Joan and son Eric. Golf was his second passion and he lived in a golf course community in Winter Haven, FL, once he retired from the motel business.

Bill is survived by his daughter Wendy Grossmann (Wilmington), son Douglas Grossmann (Coronado, CA), daughter-in-law Kimberly Grossmann and their children Kort and Meghan. He is predeceased by his wife Joan MacLeod Grossmann and son Eric Grossmann.

The last several years of Bill's life were spent in assisted living community at the Keene Valley Neighborhood House, where he had wonderful care and truly enjoyed the staff. They all played a major role in his quality of life during his final years. Many thanks from the family to these amazing care givers.

There will be no calling hours or funeral arrangements at this time. The family will announce future plans as they evolve.

Arrangements were entrusted to Heidrick-Zaumetzer Funeral Home, Au Sable Forks.

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