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William F. "Bill" Kaminski

Blue Ridge Summit - William F. (Bill) Kaminski, 70, respected Franklin County attorney, died unexpectedly at his home in Blue Ridge Summit on June 8, 2018.

Born on December 17, 1947 in Stamford, CT, his parents were the late William C. Kaminski and Estelle (née Skrzypkowski) Kaminski.

Bill was educated in the Stamford public school system, where he was an athlete-scholar. He graduated from Gettysburg College in 1969 and from The Dickinson School of Law in 1972. He was admitted to the Bar of the Franklin County Court in 1972 and later worked as an attorney in Waynesboro and as an assistant public defender for Franklin County. He was one of the first attorneys to volunteer his services for the Women In Need Pro Bono program.

Bill was a partner in the Waynesboro law firm of Beck, Patterson, Kaminski, Keller and Kiersz from 1974-1993. He and Janice Hawbaker established Kaminski and Hawbaker in 1993 and concentrated their practice in family law. For many years, Bill was Co-Chair of the Franklin County Domestic Relations Committee, which implemented the procedures for today's Divorce Master system and the Custody Conciliation programs which were subsequently emulated by other counties in Pennsylvania. Bill served as President of the Franklin County Bar Association in 1997 and was a member of its executive committee for 11 years. He was also an active member of the PA Bar Association Family Law Section. In addition, he taught family law as an adjunct professor at Penn State Mont Alto campus for many years.

From 1996 until his retirement in 2011, he was the Solicitor for the Franklin County Controller's Office and was an active member of the PA Controller's Association.

Bill was an important member of the Franklin County GOP and was highly sought for his political strategy, campaign leadership, and endorsement of local and county moderate Republican candidates.

Active in his community, he was a past president of the Antietam Humane Society and involved in many other civic endeavors.

Bill will be remembered for his knowledge of Latin and using that expanded vocabulary to deliberately confound opposing counsel. His friends recall his deep empathy for people in need, particularly for his marital clients, but possibly not as much for his criminal clients.

His hobbies included reading, bridge, bonsai, fine wines and the landscaping and development of the acreage surrounding his home. He was known for the exquisite display of over 60,000 daffodils, which were his pride and joy each spring.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, to whom he was married for 36 years; his stepson, Christopher Kendig; his two sisters, Carol Churyk (Stefan) of New Preston, CT, and Kathy Cordes (William) of Naples, FL; along with several nieces and nephews.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to either the Antietam Humane Society, 8513 Lyons Road, Waynesboro, PA 17268 (https://antietamhumanesociety.org) or the Renfrew Institute, 1010 East Main Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268 (http://renfrewinstitute.org).

Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, is handling the arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com
Published in Public Opinion on June 12, 2018
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