Beloved husband of Kris Tapie Fay, loving father of Katie Hall (Jon), adoring grandfather of Caroline, and dear brother of Carolyn Cramer, passed away on February 18. He was preceded in death by his parents Meade and Irene and brother Robert. Bill was an accomplished trombonist who played as an extra with The Cleveland Orchestra and retired as Director of Admission at the Cleveland Institute of Music after 37 years. He delighted in mentoring students, treating them as part of his family and developing lifelong relationships that he cherished. He loved studying ancestry, being most proud to join the Sons of the American Revolution, and playing chess online with pals around the world. Known for their dinner parties, Bill and Kris entertained countless friends who loved his company. His brilliant smile, wonderful laugh, and kind heart will be deeply missed. He can be visited on Daffodil Hill at Lake View Cemetery. A celebration of life will be planned in the future. Memorial gifts may be made to Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian, or the E. William and Kris Tapie Fay Fund at University School.
Published in The Plain Dealer from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2021.