Deceased January 4, 2018
William Merrill McCormick, 88, of Warwick, R.I., passed away peacefully on Jan. 4, 2018.
Willie was a graduate of the Moses Brown School, Amherst (Chi Phi) and Wharton Business School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve, retiring as a commander after 20 years of service. Later in life he earned two additional master’s degrees, one in counseling and one in religious education.
Willie devoted his career to business and was employed by several companies in Rhode Island, including Brown and Sharpe and A.T. Cross Co. He also taught at Johnson & Wales University.
Throughout his life, Willie was a dear friend, mentor and pastoral counselor to many people, guiding them in career choices and life decisions, and sharing in their spiritual journeys. He also served as a volunteer chaplain at Kent and Miriam Hospitals for more than 15 years, offering comfort to thousands of patients.
With great wit, wisdom, a phenomenal memory and a love of English, Latin and Yiddish turns of phrase, he entertained and supported all who were fortunate to know and love him. In addition, Bill possessed a passion for photography and Porsches.
Ed Rowen ’50