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Obituary: William J. Maloney

William J. Maloney (Bill) passed away on Sept. 25, 2011 at his Florida condo overlooking the ocean. Bill was born on Nov. 7, 1918 in Brooklyn to William and Elizabeth Maloney. He was one of seven children and was predeceased by his brothers: Jackie, Eddie and Frankie Maloney and by his sisters Eleanor McCarthy and Therese Maloney, Sister Mary Padric. He is survived by his sister Mary Shea Kane.

Bill was married to his wife Ronnie (McGlynn) Maloney for 65 years. They had four daughters: Joan Lewick, Pat Larywon, Marianne Vanderbilt and Liz Meade; four great son-in-laws: Tom Lewick, Tom Larywon, Jimmy Vanderbilt and Phil Meade; seven wonderful grandchildren: Jim Vanderbilt, Kevin Vanderbilt, Kelly Gibbons and husband Chris, Trisha Williams and husband Jason, Kait Larywon, Grace Meade and Robbie Meade; and two great-grandchildren: Madison Gibbons and Corbin Larywon.

Bill was very proud of his wife and family and they will miss him very much.

Bill grew up in Rockaway, NY, and attended St. Francis Xavier High School in Brooklyn. In January 1942 he joined the U.S. Navy Seabees. In July 1942 he entered the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. During WWII he served in the Persian Gulf, the Indian Ocean and was part of the invasion of North Africa. In 1944 he sailed for the Lykes Shipping Company and came ashore in November 1945.

In March of 1946 Bill joined IBM and began a successful 35-year career that led him from sales rep to vice president, product development and corporate resident manager in New York. He and Ronnie enjoyed his different assignments and the strong friendships they made.

Bill was vice chairman of the board of trustees for Iona College and helped raise over $16 million in contributions. He was awarded an honorary doctorate for his leadership.

In April 1995, joined the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Foundation as vice president of Planned Giving and was again responsible for significant contributions.

Bill had a lifelong passion for golf. He was a member and past president of North Hempstead Country Club in Manhasset. He and Ronnie enjoyed many hours playing golf with friends and family. Bill retired in 2007 and divided his time between Port Washington and Vero Beach, Florida.

He was well loved by family and friends. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Foundation, Post Office Box 222011, Great Neck, New York 11022.