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William Matthew Bristow, Sr. entered this life on August 5, 1921, in Fayetteville, N.C. He was the only child born to Bertha Andrews Bristow and William John Bristow. William M. Bristow was married to Adelaide McAllister until her death September 4, 2010. They were married for over 67 years and were blessed with a son and a daughter. For nearly five decades he has resided in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

William, better known to family and friends as "Bill" or "Billy", received his early education in the public schools of Fayetteville, North Carolina. He grew up among many family members who either lived on Cool Spring Street or in the neighboring community. Most of his playmates were his young uncles Bob, James, and Junior. Like most young men they played a myriad of games and sports such as pitching horseshoes or baseball. Very often choosing each other as sparring partners, they also enjoyed boxing.

Attending secondary schools in both Fayetteville, N.C. and Asbury Park, New Jersey, young Bill graduated from E. E. Smith Senior High School in Fayetteville, N.C. Upon graduating from high school, Bill matriculated to North Carolina A&T University where he majored in Chemistry and where he pledged, and was initiated into, Alpha Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. As a lifetime member of Kappa, he epitomized the purpose of the fraternity and achieved in every field of endeavor of his life until called to join chapter invisible of his noble fraternity.

Before completing his studies at North Carolina A&T College, Bill was conscripted into the United States Army to serve his country during World War II (WWII). While serving in the European Theatre, he became Communications Chief for the 165th Chemical Company and was responsible for supervising the installation and maintenance of all communications equipment for his Unit. Following WWII, Bill completed his education at Howard University; graduating in 1949. Upon graduation he accepted a position with the United States Postal Service, where he remained for over 40 years. Bill enjoyed family and close friends. He savored familial activities, particularly at time like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and the 4th of July. Earlier in life, on clear days, Bill enjoyed day long fishing trips on the Chesapeake Bay or the Potomac River with his friends and coworkers.

Bill was a compassionate person who cared for his wife during an extensive illness when both were middle aged, and nearly 30 years later, cared for his mother until her death. He loved animals. He was often the custodian of pets belonging to other family members. While caring for his mother, he even fostered a friendship with a squirrel who lived in a tree adjacent to his mother's home. He called him "Chucky". Chucky would hop on the front porch daily to devour the peanuts he provided for him. Bill was an aficionado of many sports. He could explain the rules and regulations of any sport including golf, tennis and hockey. He could name all the players. His favorite sports were basketball and football. He was a Redskins fan. Bill was a music enthusiast who had an appreciation for all types of music. His favorite genre for music was smooth jazz.

Bill enjoyed the quiet life. He was an avid reader often reading all sections of the newspaper daily. He delighted in solving crossword puzzles and would read the Reader's Digest from cover to cover. He enjoyed his daily walk from home to the Addison Road Metro station and back which was a 4 mile constitutional.

William M. Bristow Sr. was a devoted husband, a loving father, grandfather and friend. He will be dearly missed. He leaves to cherish his memories a son, William M. Bristow II [Vienna, Virginia]; a daughter, Delia G. Bristow [Largo, Maryland]; a daughter-in-law, Hazel Holloway Bristow [Vienna, Virginia]; a granddaughter, Candice A. Bristow [Takoma Park, MD]; cousins, Cecilia Andrews, William Andrews, June Andrews [Long Island, New York], William Andrews Jr. (Bill), Kai Andrews [Clearwater, Florida]; close family friends Tommy and Florence and McDaniels [Washington, DC]; neighbors and coworkers.