William Porter

December 4, 1935 – July 25, 2023

William “Bill” Porter, affectionately known to his family and friends as “Chick”, born
December 4th, 1935 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Brooklyn, NY as the seventh of twelve
children to parents James Edward and Isabel Porter.

He attended New York City public schools and was a graduate of New York University
and the University of Illinois. Following a family tradition of military service, Bill
enlisted in the US Navy. Upon graduating from basic training as the sailor with the
highest grade point average, he received the Honorman award recognizing his academic
excellence and leadership skills.

In 1954 Bill was assigned to the Quartermaster training school and graduated number
three in his class. He was very proud to have served as the captain of his ship’s basketball
team winning the Auxiliary Fleet Championship.

In December of 1956, Bill joined Citibank as a part-time mail room messenger while still
completing his college degree. In 1958 he became a full-time employee working at the
World’s Fair branch until the branch’s closing in 1964. He then went on to spearhead
the bank’s management training program serving several branches as the Operations
Officer followed by Branch Manager, Assistant Vice President and ultimately Vice
President. Bill was the first African American to manage Midtown Manhattan and Wall
Street branches as Vice President.

In November of 1981 he moved on from his post at Citibank to become the President and
Chief Executive Officer of Municipal Credit Union. At the time MCU had only one
branch, 10 employees and 99 million dollars in assets. When he retired 25 years later
MCU had 10 branches, 500 employees, several hundred ATM locations and 1.4 billion
dollars in assets.

In addition to his numerous professional accolades Bill was a faithful parishioner at Saint
Anthony’s Catholic Church in Nanuet, NY. He was widely known as an outstanding
orator whose powerful voice grasped the attention of those in his presence. Bill was a fan
of all sports, particularly tennis, golf and bowling. Moreover he was the ultimate New
York sports fan and was ever grateful to witness each New York team win a
championship during his lifetime. His love for the New York Knickerbockers was
unparalleled. As a long-standing season ticket holder you could find him in Section 119
Row E donning vintage orange and blue. The New York Knicks even honored him at
center court to recognize his loyalty and tenure.

Above all Bill adored his family. He lived for his daily phone calls with his daughter
Carole and daily visits with his son Rashid. He spoke fondly of his grandchildren’s
accomplishments. Bill’s love for his wife Marianna was undeniable. They traveled the
world together, some of his favorite locations being Hawaii, Alaska, South Africa and
Asia. As a devout Catholic, visiting the Vatican was the pinnacle of his European travels.
Bill was known to frequent the Caribbean where he and his wife hosted the biannual
“Cruising With The Porters” family reunions, most recently just 2 weeks before his
passing in July 2023.

He leaves to mourn his wife Marianna, daughter Carole Ann (Gerard), son Rashid,
daughter-in-law Lisette, grandchildren Christina, Gene, Christopher, Aminah, Samiyah,
Ahmad, Aza, and great-grandchild Curtis Gene. Sisters Florence (Gerard) Spooner,
Margaret (Henry) Porter, Patricia (Leon) Cooke, and a host of nieces, nephews and

He is predeceased by his son Gene, siblings James, Robert, Charles, Louella Gordon,
George, Isabel Lewis, John, and Matthew.

Bill received numerous awards in his lifetime for his various achievements.
Below is a list of awards and affiliations he was particularly proud of.

Awards and Commendations

  • Credit Union Executive Society Hall of Fame
  • AACUC Peter Crear Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Commissioner’s Award City Workers Basketball League Board of Directors
    Recognition Award
  • Superintendent of NY State Banking Dept. Citation and Resolution
  • Harlem YMCA “Black Achievers in Industry”
  • District Council 37 Women’s Committee Special Award
  • Omega Psi Phi Outstanding Citizen of the Year
  • Men’s Caucus – Brooklyn Community Awards
  • International Dynamic Educational Association Man of the Year
  • The Central Brooklyn Partnership
  • Boy Scouts of America Award
  • NYC Partnership Summer Program Award
  • Central Baptist Church Achievement
  • Mid Manhattan NAACP Humanitarian
  • Certificate of Appreciation Enrico Fermi Junior High School

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Chairman’s Club Credit Union Executive Society
  • American Management Association
  • New York University Alumni Association
  • Former Treasurer Bed-Stuy Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Chairman Bed-Stuy Boy Scouts of American and the Gordon Institute

Visitation is Monday, July 31, 2023 from 4-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale, NJ. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at 10 AM at St. Anthony’s RC Church, 36 West Nyack Road, Nanuet, NY with interment to follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery.

The family will share memories on Monday at 6:15 and they can be viewed through the livestream link below:


In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org.



  1. Nicolas Churchill

    So Sorry to hear the news concerning Bill. But he lived a beautiful and wonderful life. I know that the family may be mourning his death, but also celebrating his life. And what a life he lived! My deepest condolences to Mariana and family.

    Nicolas Churchill

  2. A really good man. An example of
    how to live your life with Integrity, kindness and compassion.

  3. Rosa Mitchell

    Sorry to hear of Mr. Porter’s passing. He was a wonderful boss.

  4. frank herrling

    Bill was a beautiful and special person. I only met him a couple of times and was certainly impressed, but after reading this tribute and bio I’m amazed, enlightened, and especially glad to have known him and known of him. He and his impact on both our local area and the world at large should be an inspiration to us all.

  5. Christopher William Porter



  6. Simone Churchill-Hartley

    Pops/Grandpa was a beautiful soul. We first met when I was just 16 years old and he quickly became a beloved family member. Working with him for 22 years gave me so many opportunities. I often watched in awe seeing his charismatic speeches and knowledge he shared with everyone. He loved with open arms never forgetting anyone. I will remember him for eternity. We love you Marianna, my condolences to you, Nasir, Carole, Little Gene, and our entire family. He is an Angel now. . SIP grandpa.

  7. Carole Porter-Herrling

    Rest in power by handsome, generous, loyal, loving, gentle giant of a man. You were one of a kind. My heart aches immensely knowing that I won’t be able to hug you or talk to you ever again. I pray that you are now at peace-no more worries, no more pain, just pure joy that you are now with the Lord. I pray that we all make you proud by exhibiting love and kindness toward one another as you did with all those who have been in your presence during your lifetime. I love you my hero.

  8. My deepest condolences to the family. He was a Awesome CEO who knew us all by name and was a pleasure to work with.

  9. I’m saddened that Bill passed on but I know in my heart he’s at heavens gate being honored . I knew Bill and looked up to him and I will always remember him.

  10. Melonie Sutton/Allie

    Beautiful inside and out. I always felt the need to make him feel super special, because that what he was to me. Breaks my heart that I live so far. But ONE of the best things about living in VEGAS. When my BROTHER-INLAW came, and it was often
    We had him all to ourselves. We loved every minute of it. Every-time I make lemonade I speak your name. Thank you for all the love❤️ May you enjoy your life everlasting guaranteed by GOD, till we meet again❤️❤️❤️❤️

  11. Condolences to the family. He will truly be missed. I truly wish I could have spent more time knowing him. May God blessings be upon him.

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