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Dr. William Plavcan




Dr. William G. Plavcan, 87, a beloved physician of Hagerstown Maryland, passed away April 19, 2021 in his home. Bill was born to Cathryn and Joseph Plavcan May 16, 1933 in Erie Pennsylvania. His parents were both schoolteachers and artists in Erie, and raised their children to value above all education and service, traits which defined his years of dedicated service to the medical community and to the people of Hagerstown. While growing up, Bill always loved swimming and fishing. He served as a lifeguard in Erie on the public beaches of "the Peninsula," and told many stories of the people he rescued from the jetties along Lake Erie. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was captain of the collegiate swimming team and a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He attended Temple Medical School where he earned his MD through a Navy scholarship. He went on to specialize in Urology. After completing his internship in Philadelphia, he moved to Jacksonville FL, where he completed his residency and served as a naval surgeon. He retired from the Navy after 10 years of service, then entered private practice, first in Waycross Georgia, and then in 1970 moved with his family to Hagerstown MD. There he practiced at the Urological Clinic P.A. in Hagerstown until his retirement. He then briefly worked at the Vein Center for several months until taking a position as Vice President for Medical Affairs at the Washington County Hospital, where he served for 6 years until his ultimate retirement. Bill's life was underscored by his dedication to service. He will be remembered for the many lives that he touched as a compassionate physician, friend, and benefactor. But he was equally dedicated to public service. During his 51 years in Hagerstown, he served on the Board of St. John's Episcopal Church, set up the Physician's Education Fund, founded the Kidney Transplant program, and Palliative Care Unit at the WCH. He loved the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, serving as a benefactor, board member, and director, and proudly donated several of his father's paintings. He was an active member of the Elk's club, the American Legion, and the Rotary club. He was a Freemason, and especially enjoyed participating in the Jester's club. He was a longtime member of Fountainhead Country club. He attended Haven Lutheran Church for more than 14 years until his passing. Bill will always be remembered by his family and friends for his passion for fishing, hunting, and golf. He especially loved dogs, and proudly recalled his beloved Airedale, Molly, whom he trained as a champion obedience dog, his favorite hunting dogs, and his last dog, Toby. He was an avid fan of the Orioles and the Ravens, and held season tickets to the latter for many years. Bill was married for 40 years to his best friend and love Rebecca Plavcan, who survived him and cared for him to his last. Bill was predeceased by his parents, his sister Joanna Schneider, his first wife Carol, and his eldest son, William Gunton Jr. He is survived by his sisters, Lisa Drumm and husband Donald, Catherine Plavcan, his son Dr. Joseph Michael Plavcan and wife Kimberly, his step daughters Kelly Connery, Teri Shank and husband Edward, his grandchildren John Plavcan, Sarah Plavcan, Jennifer Plavcan, Jessica Wishard and husband Terry, Ashley Baker and fiancé George Comegys, Meghan Hessler, Gregory Hessler and wife Elizabeth, and great grandchildren Jocelyn, EmmaGrace, Abigail, Lewis, Arthur, Evelyn and Jude. In lieu of Flowers and gifts, donations can be sent to Hospice of Washington County, who provided compassionate, deeply appreciated care and service to Bill in his last days. Services will be announced at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home.

Guest Book

Dear Becky, please accept my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of Bill. Bill was a wonderful and caring Physician and loved by many people. May God surround you with his love and comfort you during this time of sorrow and may you find comfort in your loving memories. Hugs Emma

emma lyles
Hagerstown, MD

Bill touched many lives both at home and further afield. I had the pleasure to guide Bill on many a fishing trip here in Canada for smallmouth bass. It wasn't necessarily catching the fish that he enjoyed the most, but the opportunity to do it with his friends while enjoying the outdoors. A gentle giant that will be missed by many. My condolences to all the Plavcan family.

Andrew Oliver
Harvey, New Brunswick

Prayers of comfort and condolences to Plavcan family. Always enjoyed talking to Dr Plavcan. He was lovely.

Shirley Bayer
Hagerstown, Maryland

Becky and family, Please know how very sorry I was to hear of Bills passing. He was one of the most kind caring man I have ever met. He will be truly missed.

Eva Wishard
Hagerstown , Maryland

Bill was one of the finest gentleman that I have ever had the privilege to know, Our paths often met over the years including at Naval Hospital Bethesda, Washington County Hospital and as a patient of Bill’s since I was 18. My sincere condolences to his family.

Tom Bikle
Boonsboro , Maryland

We remember Bill with fondness from his many years as a trusted urologist in Hagerstown and his long time involvement and support for the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. His efforts to improve our community are appreciated. Our thoughts are with his family, Susanne and Rick Kass

Susanne and Rick Kass
Hagerstown, Maryland

Becky, I am so saddened by the news of Bill’s passing. Thinking of you.

Lucy Folino
Hagerstown , MD

Dr. Plavcan was a gentleman and a friend. He was one of the kindest men I ever knew. Rest in peace.

Susan K. Lyons

I had the greatest respect for Dr. Plavcan. I served closely with him on the board of the museum of fine arts. The quality, integrity and honor of Bill was absolutely evident in every interaction. It was such a blessing for me to have known him and worked along side him and he will be missed! God bless! Our thoughts and prayers for Becky and the family.

Tom Newcomer
Hagerstown, Maryland

Bill was a kind hearted man, always had a twinkle in his eye, and was one of the strongest and most determined men I have ever met. He was a good father in law to me, and was loved by his family very much. I hope he is at peace now, freed from his earthly bonds, and swimming laps with ease... May he rest in peace.

Portland, Maine

Dear Becky, I and all my children want to tell you how sorry we are for your loss. We hope you can find comfort and peace remembering your time together. Fondly Chris, Kathy, Liz and Jennifer.

Christine Maugans
Lewistown, PA 17044

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