Touched the lives of many students as educator in Plainfield William Edward Gary passed away in the early morning of August 17, 2021 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was born in South Carolina and moved to Plainfield, NJ at the age of 8. He attended Plainfield Public Schools and later matriculated to Central State University in Ohio where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He later earned a Master's of Education degree from Trenton State College. He continued his advance study at Kean College where he received a Principal and Director of Pupil Personnel, School Social Worker, Guidance Counselor, and Supervisor of Education certifications. He worked tirelessly in the Plainfield education system and founded New Horizons College Club. Through his club, he prepared and encouraged thousands of students to attend college. Mr. Gary devoted his life to helping underserved students gain access to grants, scholarships, internships and opportunities to matriculate. To this day, many graduates credit Mr. Gary's care and persistence as the underlying factor to their success in attending an institution for higher learning. Mr. Gary is survived by his wife Karen, a son William II, a daughter Erika, a grandson Miles William, a sister Joan Major, and nephews Melvin Caldwell and Donyell Dennis. Visitations will be held Friday, October 8, 2021 at Rose of Sharon Community Church in Plainfield, NJ at 10:00 a.m. A Celebration of Life service will follow at 11:00. The service will also be live streamed via Zoom.
Published by The Star-Ledger from Sep. 20 to Oct. 4, 2021.