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William Lee Applegarth Obituary
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William Lee, beloved husband of 59 years of the recently departed Patricia Applegarth, father of Patrick (Barbara) Applegarth and Pamela (Richard) Spoor, grandfather of Dean Spoor, Andrew Spoor, Iris Spoor, Robert Spoor and Richard (Alyssa) Spoor, passed away Monday August 13, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Patricia, his loving parents Mervin and Dulcie Applegarth and his brother and best friend Bud Applegarth. He is survived by his children, grandchildren and sisters Fay Maddux of Cincinnati, Ohio and Jackie Wullenweber of Moundsville, WVA, and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was a graduate of Holmes High School, Class of 1948, where he was captain of the football team, class president and valedictorian. He received an academic scholarship to Harvard University where he studied ancient history before returning to study at the University of Cincinnati from where he graduated in 1953 as valedictorian. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Bill was an excellent athlete and played fullback on the 1946 Holmes High School State Champion Team. He continued to play football for the University of Cincinnati and was inducted into the Northern Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. After graduation, he began working for Cincinnati Bell where he remained for his entire career and eventually rose to be Director of Personnel and Vice President before retirement. While there he was very active in the Pioneers, a volunteer organization. He was a man of many talents and high energy. He was a fine artist and devoted his early morning hours to his painting, including his oil paintings of historic, local architecture. He was an avid and accomplished gardener, traveler and a renowned restorer of antiques. Through primary source research, he acquired the ancient and largely lost skill of French polish which he applied by hand to his restorations to achieve the perfect period finish. He was a skilled builder, mason, carpenter, writer and naturalist. He loved historic preservation and rescued and restored several local structures. A traditional Requiem Mass will be offered on Thursday, August 16th at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 2733 Massachusetts Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio. Burial will follow at St. John's Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, Ky. A reception in his honor will immediately follow at Ft. Mitchell Country Club. Memorials are suggested to: Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington, KY 41011 or The Old St. Mary's Restoration Fund, 123 E. 13th St., Cincinnati, Oh. 45202.

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Aug. 15, 2012
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