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William A. Ainley

AGE: 93 • Whiting

William A. Ainley, 93, of Whiting, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at Van Dyke Hospice at Community Medical Center in Toms River, surrounded by his loving family. Born and raised in the East Bronx, NY, he attended DeWitt Clinton High School and graduated from the Trinity School in New York City. He then went on to Colgate University where he became well-known as a major force on their baseball team as a pitcher.

Upon graduating from college "Bill" entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 at OCS, Quantico, VA. He and his wife, Dot were married at that time, and Bill soon received shipping orders to New River, NC where he attended Quartermaster school at Camp Le Jeune. From there, his orders took him to the Depot of Supplies, San Francisco and later to Oceanside, CA to join the Fifth Tank Battalion, Fifth Marine Division, as Regiment Quartermaster. In August 1945, he served with occupation forces in Sasebo, Kyushu Island, Japan. In December 1945, he returned to the States and in 1946 he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.

Bill and his new family moved to Waldwick, NJ from Stuyvesant Town, NYC in 1951 where he and his wife resided until moving to Leisure Village West in 1985. Bill retired as an industrial salesman in New York City and Northern New Jersey. At Leisure Village West, he was an active member of Kiwanis, the LVW Tennis Club and the Food Bank at the Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Bill and Dot then moved to The Pines at Whiting in 2005 where he was a very active resident-volunteer serving on the Health Care Committee, the Independent Living Council and as its Fire Captain. He loved to spend his day gardening in the Garden Walk and practicing his dance moves for the "Dancing with the Staff" competition. Bill will be remembered for his quick smile, hearty laugh, and his beautiful blue eyes.

Bill was predeceased by his loving wife of 66 years, Doris Ploch Ainley, in 2008; and by a sister, Florence Ainley. He is survived by his three sons, Allan and his wife Cheryl of Toms River, Stuart of Rutherford, and John Charles and his wife Carol of Washington Township. He also leaves his six grandchildren, Allison Martinez and her husband Greg; Brent; Brian; Kaelin Cardone and her husband Chris; Taylor and Patrick. Bill also leaves many loving friends that he has made throughout his lifetime.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at The Pines at Whiting, 509 Route 530, Whiting. Interment will be at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Wrightstown. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you kindly make donations in William's name to the Alzheimer Foundation, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834 or to the Community Medical Center Van Dyke Hospice Foundation, 99 Route 37 West, Toms River, NJ 08755. Arrangements are under the direction of the Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 115 Lacey Road, Whiting. For further information or to send an online condolence, please visit

Published in Asbury Park Press on Oct. 7, 2012
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