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William Herbert Wilhelm, Jr.

Obituary for William Herbert Wilhelm, Jr.

April 15, 1927 - April 24, 2017
Elkton, Maryland | Age 90

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William "Bill" Herbert Wilhelm, Jr., age 90, of Elkton, MD passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, April 24, 2017. Born April 15, 1927 in Baltimore, MD, Bill was the son of the late William Herbert Wilhelm, Sr. and the late Marie (Donahue) Wilhelm.

Bill served his country proudly in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.

Bill is survived by his six children: William "Mark" Wilhelm (Suzanne), Barbara Anne Wilhelm, Murray Anthony "Tony" Wilhelm (Wendy), John Christopher "Chris" Wilhelm (Elizabeth), Paul Thomas "Tom" Wilhelm (Kathy), and Mary Catherine Morrissey (Kevin). He is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Jocelyn Collins (Dan), Nicole Smith (Harvin), Tristan Wilhelm (Lori), Matthew Wall (Josh), Zachary Wilhelm (Kay-Lee), Cate Wilhelm, Taylor Wilhelm, Laura Wilhelm, Ryan Wilhelm, and Molly Wilhelm; 5 great grandchildren: Carrigh Collins, Rory Collins, Tanner Wilhelm, Camden Wilhelm and Jordyn Nichols; and his beloved nieces and nephews: Christine Radawiec (Myron), Paul Heine (Cathy), John Heine (Deborah) and Melissa Olivares (Carlos).

Including his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife, Margaret "Anne" Wilhelm and his best friend and brother-in-law, Murray A. Henie.

Bill spent most of his life in the Baltimore and Annapolis area. Bill's father, William Sr., died when Bill was only 4 years old. Bill would spend his formative years running away from one school or another, always landing on the doorstep of his most cherished uncle and aunt, Raymond and Margaret Donahue, who would always welcome him with open arms. He was like a brother to his cousins, Rosie Donahue, Peggy Flanigan and Father John Donahue.

Growing up in Maryland, Bill met his best friend, Murray, who would later become his brother-in-law. Bill met and fell in love with Murray's little sister, Anne. He and his beloved Anne were married in 1951 at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. They would be married for 61 years.

Bill spent most of his career in the garment manufacturing industry, working for companies like the Marlboro Shirt Company, the I.C. Isaac's Clothing Company and Misty Harbor Raincoats. He also did a stint in Boston in the early 80s as the President of Davis Ltd., a division of Jonathan Logan, Inc. In the 90s, He would also work for the American Waistband Company alongside his former executive assistant and friend, Barbara Hilb. In the mid 90s, Bill and Anne were lured to Florida, where Bill would work with his good friend Steve Bromfield, as Vice-President of Steve's company, MSK, Inc. But Bill's love for family would ultimately bring him back home to his beloved Maryland where he would spend perhaps the most rewarding period of his career, working alongside his youngest son Tom, managing Ferry Point Marina in Arnold, Maryland. He would later be known as the "Chief" of Tom's newest marina venture, Middle River Landing Marina in Essex, Maryland.

Bill's greatest joy in life was his family, particularly his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He reveled in all the accomplishments and milestones in his family's lives. He was the center of every Thanksgiving and Christmas family gathering. He maintained an updated family contact list, which he would often chastise one family member or another for not keeping him abreast of changes in their addresses or phone numbers. Bill was the penultimate patriarch of his family, always with a smile or a hug for one of his family or friends. He loved spending time with his family.

Bill had an uncanny ability to "fix" anything, make anything, build anything, or just help you figure something out. He was always happy to help one of his son's with a project or help one of his daughter's fix something that was broken. He had a tool for fixing anything! He was our beloved Mr. Fix-it and we will miss him and love him always.
Rest high on that mountain Dad, set sail on easy seas, and we will see you soon.

A visitation will be held from 6-8pm on Friday, April 28, 2017 at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 259 E. Main St., Elkton, MD 21921. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 5800 Smith Ave, Baltimore, MD 21209. Burial will follow at Immanuel Episcopal Church Cemetery in Glencoe, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to the "Wounded Warrior Project" or to the "Smile Train Charity" and sent in care of the funeral home.

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  • Memorial contributions may be made payable to the "Wounded Warrior Project" or to the "Smile Train Charity" and sent in care of the funeral home.
  • 259 East Main Street
    Elkton, MD 21921

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