Designer was ‘true artist’

Bill Montgomery is being remembered as an outstanding interior designer.

William H. “Bill” Montgomery, 90, Altoona, died Saturday at Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg.

“He was a true artist in every sense of the word. He could visualize space and had an unbelievable knowledge of materials, furniture and wall coverings,” said Mark Glenn, president/CEO of Gwin, Dobson & Foreman, Altoona.

“He had great taste in all aspects of the business. He was brilliant with what he did with lighting,” said Christopher Gable, senior vice president-investments with Wells Fargo Advisors, Hollidaysburg.

Montgomery was a longtime employee of what became Hayes Large Architects.

“He did all of that company’s interiors in hospitals, libraries and schools. He had quite a body of work,” Glenn said.

Montgomery also was known for his work at Gable’s Department Store where he was in charge of creating all of the showrooms in the design department, Gable said.

What he was best known for locally was his “moonlighting” jobs. He was the “go to” interior design person for high-end residences, Gable said.

“If you were wealthy in Altoona in the 1940s and 1950s, you used Bill as your decorator,” Gable said.

Montgomery was a gentle man who kept a low profile.

“He was very engaging and personable. He got very much into the project; he was great to deal with his demeanor and helping you to understand the process,” Glenn said.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, Altoona, the Rev. D. Timothy Grimme celebrant. Committal will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Altoona.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.