Frederick William "Bill" Trescott

Frederick William "Bill" Trescott of Hinsdale passed away Nov. 17, 2021.

Born in Chicago in 1929, the son of Frederick George and Leila (Williams) Trescott, Bill was a multi-sport athlete at Wheaton (now Wheaton-Warrenville South) High School, graduating in 1948. His subsequent studies at New Mexico Highlands University were interrupted by service in the Korean War as a cryptographer with the 15th Radio Squadron, Mobile, U.S. Air Force Security Service. After the war, Bill returned to New Mexico Highlands, where he played football and graduated in 1956. He went on to earn a master's degree from the University of Iowa in 1959.

Bill's greatest decision was accepting a teaching job at what is now Hinsdale Central High School in 1957, where he met another new teacher, Betty (Peters) Kinney, a young widow who would become his wife two years later. Raising a family in Hinsdale, Bill taught P.E., social studies and drivers ed, and coached basketball (going downstate in 1959), tennis, baseball and football (including multiple conference champions). He ultimately become head varsity baseball coach and varsity line coach for football. Moving from coaching to administration, Bill became head of the guidance department, then assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent until he retired in 1994.

He was inducted into the Hinsdale Central Hall of Fame in 2004 for giving "countless hours to building Central's and (District 86's) reputation as a high performing and exemplary place for secondary education." He was also named as a Distinguished Alumnus and a member of the NMHU Alumni Golden Society. In addition to his work in education, Bill served on the board of directors of Mid America Bank for 30 years.

Outside professional life, Bill's activities and associations included the Union Church of Hinsdale, Kiwanis, Scottish Rite Masons, Committee of 100, Wheaton Old Timers, the 15th R.S.M. Association, and, along with Betty, being parents to numerous dogs and cats, and supporting the Hinsdale Humane Society and other animal rescues. Bill's passion for sports continued after his coaching days as a Little League manager and softball coach, spending many days on the golf course, and cheering on and agonizing over Chicago sports teams, especially the White Sox and Bears. Remaining in Hinsdale in retirement, Bill and his bride also enjoyed membership at the Riverside Country Club and wintering in Padre Island, Texas.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Betty.

He is survived by his sons, Thomas (Melissa) and Robert W .; his brother, Robert G. Trescott; his sisters-in-law, Ruth Peters and Eileen Trescott; five nieces and nephews; and numerous grand- and great-grand nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday Dec. 11, at the Union Church, 137 S. Garfield Ave., Hinsdale. Interment will be private.

For memorial information, see his obituary online at

Sullivan Funeral Home Hinsdale handled the arrangements.