William Pfefferman

Obituary of William Joseph Pfefferman

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William ‘Billy Walker’ Pfefferman, 56, of Covington KY, died Monday, February 7th, 2022. Born August 26, 1965 in Fort Thomas KY to Carolyn Cioffi and David Pfefferman. William was known as ‘Big Will’ by many in northern Kentucky, easily recognized on any street by his broad stature and his deep voice . Big Will was a friend to every race and class of man, from the homeless panhandler to the wealthy business man, to Big Will it didn’t matter if you had the darkest affliction or the highest accomplishment, to him you were his friend. He couldn’t go anywhere with out recognizing his best friend, he had many! Williams struggle with addiction began in his teens as he was in and out of juvenile detention centers and only worsened in his early adulthood. But Williams personal strife didn’t stop him there, he learned to box during his first stint in the Kentucky State Penitentiary and upon release he began a professional boxing career, boasting a record of 13-1, William was fortunate enough to be to be trained by the best of boxing and he was even sparring partner for many heavyweight champions of his time including Oliver McCall, Greg Page, Riddick Bowe, Tony Tubbs, and a prime Mike Tyson who after two rounds fractured Big Wills ribs, impressed that he finished the sparring session they elected to keep him in camp during his injury. Fighting Heavyweight Giants wasn’t Big Wills toughest fight nor was it his proudest, to Him, his most triumphant campaign was a battle that many people face, an affliction we all seem to be touched by, the opioid crisis in America that has claimed the lives of over 75,000 people, people with names, families and friends. Big Wills final act of redemption for a life of crime and drug abuse was to fight with his every breath and waking moment to save anyone and every one he could from death by addiction. In his final years of life there wasn’t a moment he found inappropriate or untimely to correspond with anyone needing a warm place to sleep or a lifesaving detox facility. He was passionate about saving people from themselves to the very end. He is survived by his wife Lisa, his father David, brother Anthony, sister Tracy, his two children and two grandchildren. As well as nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends. In lieu of flowers his family asks You, to stop using drugs or ask someone you know to stop using, reach out, ask for help though it may be in vain, it is all we can do to keep fighting the fight!
Friday
11
February

Visitation

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, February 11, 2022
Don Catchen & Son Funeral Homes
3525 Dixie Hwy
Elsmere, Kentucky, United States
859-342-4040
Friday
11
February

Funeral Service

7:00 pm
Friday, February 11, 2022
Don Catchen & Son Funeral Homes
3525 Dixie Hwy
Elsmere, Kentucky, United States
859-342-4040
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