William "Bill" Diamond's life began on August 12, 1929, in Brooklyn, NY. William's parents, Meyer and Bertha immigrated to New York from Poland where they raised a family of three sons and one daughter. William started drawing and painting as early as three or four years old and continued throughout his life. In elementary school at PS 174 and then in Jr. High School 109 "art" and "science" were his favorite subjects. He showed talent and won his first art award along with a second award in science as well. William attended Thomas Jefferson High School, Brooklyn, NY followed by 12 years of continued education. He started as an undergraduate at NYU Uptown in the Bronx. He remained at NYU Downtown for one year and then moved to Bellevue Hospital Medica·1 School to complete four years as well as one year of interning in pediatric medicine. This was followed by a two-year residency at Bronx Municipal Hospital and a one-year fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology.
All this education prepared William to become a highly successful pediatrician in Wantagh, Long Island where he practiced for 37 years and was beloved by patients and their parents and grandparents. His desire to make a good life for kids who were healthy and making sure they stay that way, was only surpassed by his passion for helping sick children that required extra special care. His modesty always showed how truly dedicated he was to his profession. Many hours of volunteer work with children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis was an example of his respect for medicine and kids.
Along with caring for his patients, he married and started a family. His children, Andrew, Michael and Sara-Jane made William proud as they matured and grew into prominent, productive and significant adults. William enjoyed his six grandchildren and watched them grow into incredibly special people.
In 1992 William married Vicki and after several years retired to Scottsdale, Arizona. This is where William was able to delve into his love for art and became instrumental in the Art League at Terravita where he organized events and painted for many joyful hours for over twenty-one years. Music, theater, and travel became a way of life for the Diamonds as they went on many tours and cruises to "see" the world.
Always being kind and generous, William set a good example of what a humanitarian can and should be. His thirst for knowledge made him curious as to all things in life, from design, to implementation, to discovery, or to effect change for the better on all matters. A good day for William was when he learned something new. He always lent an ear and if asked, gave advice to his friends and family where his opinions were always based in knowledge and fairness. Bill always tried to see "both sides" and acted accordingly. Truly a devil's advocate.
One of the best decisions they made was to move to Sagewood in 2021.
Rest well, William "Bill" Diamond, the family and friends will forever cherish the legacy you created as you lived on this earth.
On the evening of April 29, 2022, William closed his eyes for the last time. William is survived by his wife, Vicki Diamond, his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Andrew & Patrice and grandson, Tyler, his son, Michael and daughter-in-law, Melinda, and two granddaughters, Danielle and Alexarose and his daughter, Sara-Jane and son-in-law Dr. Daniel Adelberg and grandsons, David, Steven and Matthew. Additionally William is survived by his sister, Doris and brother Sol. He is predeceased by his brother Jack who passed away in 2018.