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William E. NODINE

NODINE, William E. age 83, passed away on July 2, 2013 in Clearwater, surrounded by his wife and family. He was born in 1929, in Meadville, PA, and moved to Clearwater when he was five years old. He graduated from Clearwater High School in 1947. He received a bachelor's degree in 1950 and a law degree in 1951, both with high honors, from the University of Florida (Phi Beta Kappa). He participated in the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School. In 1953, Bill married Christine Randall and together they raised three sons, Donald, Thad, and Bruce. They lost Donald in 1988. Bill is survived by his beloved wife Chris; his sister, Margaret Mawhinney (Julian); his sons, Thad (Shelby) and Bruce (Ellen); his four grandchildren, Tyler, Walker, Sarah, and William D.; and by Stuart Faison, who was like a son to him. During the Korean War, Bill served as First Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, of the U.S. Army, in Charlottesville, VA. He joined the law practice of Clearwater attorney Ralph Richards and became a senior partner of Richards, Nodine, Gilkey, Fite, Meyer and Thompson. He later became president and chairman of Clearwater Federal Savings and Loan, which became Pioneer Savings Bank. He returned to practice law as counsel to Macfarlane, Ferguson and McMullen, until he retired in 2008. Bill loved his family and was active in his church and community. He spent many afternoons sailing in Clearwater Bay. He had a sharp mind and loved to engage in conversation. He was instrumental in many civic causes, including civil rights, and philanthropic efforts, such as the founding of Ruth Eckerd Hall. He will be dearly missed by family and friends. Bill was active in legal and business affairs, serving as president of Clearwater Bar Association and chairman of the Florida League of Financial Institutions. He was a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Sixth Judicial Circuit and board member of the U.S. League of Financial Institutions. He served on the board of many community organizations, including Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services, USF Foundation, and the Presbyterian Foundation. He was a founding board member of Ruth Eckerd Hall, chairman of Ruth Eckerd Hall Foundation, fund chairman of Clearwater Community Fund, president of the Kiwanis Club, director of the Chamber of Commerce, and commodore of Carlouel. He was a vestryman in the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. Memorial contributions may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Ascension or Morton Plant Hospital. A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Clearwater on Saturday, July 13, at 11 am.


Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 7, 2013
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