William Wisecarver

William Wisecarver

URBANA — Bill Wisecarver, affectionately known as the "Mayor of Freedom Plaza," died Monday, July 2, 2018, in OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana, after a brief illness. At the end he was surrounded by family and friends, just as he was in life.

He was born in Chicago on April 10, 1950, to Alice and Barnes Wisecarver. He grew up in Evanston, served in the Army Signal Corps for two years and grauated from the University of Illinois. He qualified as a CPA in 1985 and later established Wisecarver Accounting and Freedom Income Tax in Freedom Plaza in Urbana. He tirelessly and expertly helped people with their taxes and small business needs for over 30 years. His clients often became friends. Although a Midwesterner through and through, Bill also had a great love for Maine, where he spent his childhood summers and worked as a camp counselor. He was a gifted musician in his youth, performing on the clarinet, sax and flute with his own band. A farming accident in the 80s cost him a finger, and he never played again. He was an avid golfer who made a hole-in-one. Ebullient and gregarious, Bill is remembered as the "glue" who could bring people together, no matter how disparate, and an extraordinarily generous and loyal friend. He cared very little about material possessions. He was proceeded in death by his wife, Sue Emerick.

He is survived by his brother, Timothy Wiscarver (Sharon Garvey); longtime friend and housemate, Ed Schofield; and many cousins, including his almost-sister, Elizabeth Sutton. William Wisecarver will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services were entrusted to Williams Memorial Services, 1203 N. Market St., Champaign.

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