William B. Nevius|
Virginia Beach - CAPT William (Bill) Blauvelt Nevius, USN (Ret.), 84 and a resident of Sandbridge Virginia, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at Sentara Hospital on February 10, 2014. Born August 20, 1929 in East Hempstead, New York, he was the son of the late Edward Polhemus Nevius and Lillian Blauvelt Nevius. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 47 years, Barbara G. Nevius.
Bill was a stand-out wrestler and baseball player, and vice president of the class of 1947 at Nyack Junior-Senior High School, in Nyack, New York. Inspired by the barnstormers that gave him his first opportunity to fly, he entered the United States Navy under the Flying Midshipmen Program, starting his flying career in the AD-1 'Skyraider' in combat missions over North Korea. A Vietnam veteran, he was a pioneer of aviation Electronic Warfare, culminating in his assignment as Commanding Officer of VAW-13 and VAQ-130- the Zappers- in Alameda, CA. He retired after 28 years of active duty while on assignment to Chief of Naval Operations, Director Naval Warfare, in Washington, DC.
Bill's love of the sea inspired his retirement with Barb to Sandbridge, VA, where he was an active member of the community since 1980. During his 35 years at Sandbridge, he loved the ocean, was an avid golfer, worked with the volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, was an active member of St John the Apostle Church, and volunteered at the Military Aviation Museum in Pungo,VA.
Bill is survived by his sister, Lois O'Connell of Long Island, NY, his 6 children: Colleen, Bill, Ginny, Mary Pat, Janet, and Paul; 9 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial in memory of Bill will be held on Saturday, 15 February, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, on Sandbridge Road. There will be visitation prior to the ceremony at 12:00pm, followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Fisher House http://www.fisherhouse.org, or the
. Online condolences may be made to the family at hdoliver.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Feb. 13, 2014