HAMPSTEAD —William McGrillies, 85, died Saturday, April 24, 2021, quietly at home surrounded by his family.
Born June 5, 1935, at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, he was the only child of his Scottish parents, Jean and Thomas McGrillies. He grew up in Brooklyn and attended McKee Vocational High School on Staten Island. Bill successfully completed his schooling with a diploma in mechanical engineering.
He began working for Western Electric in New York City as a draftsman.
Additionally, William devoted 8 years to the service of his country in the U.S. Naval Reserve out of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. During his service, he continued working at Western Electric and later NYNEX. In all, he worked for NYNEX for 30 years. He came up the ladder at the company by taking some college courses and attaining his real estate license. He moved to the Real Estate Group, where he traveled the country securing and negotiating rentals, purchases of buildings and property for them.
In 1962, he married his loving wife, Marilyn, who was a nursing student at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. She later became an R.N. After a few years of apartment living and one baby, they decided to move out to Seaford, a little town on Long Island. Together, they raised their family of five daughters. Eventually, NYNEX moved to New Jersey. William and his family relocated to Hamilton, New Jersey. Bill and his wife started their new adventure there. They were married for 37 years and he took care of her through her battle with renal cancer.
William was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marilyn Jean McGrillies, and both of his parents.
He is survived by five daughters and sons-in-law, Lori, and her husband, David, Lisa, and her husband, Jeffrey,Tracey, and her husband, Ken; Michelle, and her husband, David, and Jaime, and her husband, Michael; and seven grandchildren, Amanda, Justin, Daniel, Jennifer, Michael, Madison and Miranda.
A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, May 3, at Saul Funeral Home, Hamilton, New Jersey. Services will follow at 1 p.m. followed by burial in Princeton Memorial Park, Robbinsville, New Jersey.
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