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William Birnkrant

September 13, 1942 - November 8, 2023

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William Birnkrant, 81, will be remembered for his unwavering support of family, sense of humor, and infectious smile. William, better known as Bill, Dad, or Poppy, was born in Bay City, Michigan before moving to California. He later studied business at USC, where he was a proud Trojan and member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. The sunshine of his family, Bill loved going to the beach, watching The Price is Right, and reading the LA Times every morning (especially the obituary section!). He loved to travel, but always came back to Los Angeles, which he considered to be absolute “paradise.” Bill’s distinct cackling laughter and his positivity made him so easy to like. He was grateful every day to be alive, and encouraged everyone around to appreciate the sweet and simple things in life.

Bill leaves behind a legacy of love and joy. He is fondly remembered, and his life is celebrated by his daughters Tracy (Kent), Karen (Jack), and Michelle (Steve); his grandchildren, the prides of his life, Matthew, Brendan, Hannah, Tyler, Joshua, Ryan, and Jamison; and his sister Joyce. He also leaves behind his endlessly patient caregiver Loren, who put up with his antics for many years; his friends, many from Hillcrest Country Club, where he was a proud member for most of his life; and his dog, Rusty.

Bill follows his wife of 58 years, Janet Brooks Birnkrant, who passed away in late June of this year. They are certainly sitting together up in Heaven now eating ice cream and watching bad TV. In addition to Janet, Bill is predeceased by his parents Miriam and Harold, and his beloved dog Buddy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to OPICA, where Bill made great friends and memories (