Wilfred Bernard Bond, 67, a former customer service representative for the Jewish Exponent and indispensable player for the paper, died June 22.
He retired about three years ago due to health problems.
A longtime Exponent employee whose appreciation for what he did charmed many a colleague -- as well as those he served as a representative of the paper to the community -- Bond held a variety of positions with the company.
He started in the mail room in the early 1980s, moved up to be its supervisor and, shortly after, started work in the publication's display department.
Bond then moved to the Jewish Times -- like the Exponent, a constituent of the Jewish Publishing Group -- and served the production department, where he also handled a variety of jobs. After that paper folded, he returned to the Exponent, working wherever needed, including circulation, mail room fill-in or customer service representative.
It was in customer service where Bond's evenhanded manner and calm demeanor proved especially invaluable as he handled calls from the occasional disgruntled reader with aplomb and graciousness.
"Wilfred was a tremendous asset to our publishing team," notes David A. Alpher, vice president and general manager of the Jewish Publishing Group.
Taking note of Bond's versatility, he added that "in each assignment, he contributed to the overall effort quietly and effectively. Wil was a true gentleman and will be remembered for his kindness and dedication to the organization."
Bond was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by daughter Peta Bond; sons Peter Earley, Jacob Bond and Wilfred G. Bond; sister Margie; brothers Glenwood and Larry; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.