WILLIAM F. HYLAND, Esq., age 89, of Moorestown, NJ, passed away peacefully with family at his side on March 2, 2013, a single day short of the 4th anniversary of the passing of his beloved wife, Joan Hyland. He is survived by his six children William F. Hyland Jr., Esq. (Deborah), Nancy E. Wiley, R. N. (Raymond), Stephen J. Hyland, Esq. (M. Richard Leopold), Dr. Emma L. McCormack (Daniel), Margaret M. Hyland (James Frank) and Thomas M. Hyland (Joanne), grandchildren Christopher Hyland (Jennifer), Amy Hyland, Dr. Joan Wiley, Raymond Wiley III, Esq., Dr. Daniel McCormack, Jr., Kevin McCormack, Ryan McCormack, William Frank, Theodore Frank, Jessica Hyland, Thomas Hyland, Jr. and Katherine Hyland and great-grand-children Madison Hyland, Olivia Hyland and Caroline Hyland. He is also survived by sister, Margaret VanSciver, brother Hon. Richard S. Hyland J.S.C. (ret.) (Anne) and sister-in-law Marcia Hyland, numerous nieces and nephews and his devoted and loving care-giver Novella Wright. He will be missed by the kind and loving staff and his many friends at The Evergreens Residences in Moorestown.
Born in Burlington, NJ and a proud former resident of the Parkside section of Camden, Mr. Hyland had a distinguished career as an attorney, first in South Jersey as the founder of Hyland, Davis and Reberkenny in Camden and Cherry Hill and thereafter with Riker, Danzig Scherer, Hyland and Perretti in Morristown, NJ.
Mr. Hyland had an equally distinguished career in public service and Democratic politics in New Jersey, serving as Attorney General of New Jersey, President of the NJ Board of Public Utilities, member of the New Jersey Assembly (1953-61) and its Speaker in 1958, the first chairman of the New Jersey State Commission on Investigation (SCI) and Chairman of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. During his career he declined several invitations to run for Governor of New Jersey. While New Jersey Attorney General, he argued the Karen Ann Quinlan "right-to-die" case before the NJ Supreme Court and oversaw the successful defense to legal challenges to casino gambling in NJ and organization of the Division of Gaming Enforcement in the Department of Law and Public Safety. He often attributed his life-long interest in public service to his grandmother, Emma Hyland, who served as Postmistress of the City of Camden and was a prominent political figure in South Jersey Democtratic politics until her death in 1945.
Mr. Hyland was likewise a renowned musician, playing professionally with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and other orchestras in the area. He later played with the Cherry Hill Wind Symphony and as a "pit musician" with the Cherry Hill Musicrafters for many years. He performed often during his public life as well, including performances at various times with each of the members of the original Benny Goodman Quartet. While Attorney General, he performed with his music idol, renowned clarinetist Benny Goodman. He and Goodman became instant friends and often played music together for many years. Mr. Hyland delivered the eulogy at Goodman's funeral in 1986 and was co-Executor of Mr. Goodman's Estate. He continued to serve as Music Consultant to the Estate until his death. During this time, he oversaw delivery and organization of all of Goodman's musical arrangements, un-released recordings and memorabilia to the Goodman Archives at Yale University School of Music and reviewed and approved numerous Goodman recordings prior to their public release.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, 42 West Main Street, Moorestown, NJ on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. A viewing will be held on Friday evening from 5 P.M. to 9 P.M. and on the morning of the Funeral from 9 A.M. to 10 A.M., both viewings being conducted at the McCHESNEY FUNERAL HOME, 30 W. Main St., Moorestown NJ. Interment, immediately following the Mass, will be in the Mausoleum of Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Mr. Hyland's memory either to Sacred Heart Church, 1739 Ferry Ave., Camden, NJ 08104 or Saint Vincent Academy, 22228 W. Market St., Newark, NJ 07103.