VAIN, William B. "Bill", age 66 - of Northfield passed on Sunday, June 1, 2014.
Bill, a longtime resident of Reisterstown, Maryland, adopted Northfield as his home for the last 13 years. Bill was known for his positive outlook on life, intelligence and candor. He was easy to spot around town with his famous Yankees baseball cap. Bill's father was a United States Marine and his family lived in many cities across the world growing up. Bill attended high school in Reisterstown, Maryland and received his Bachelor's degree from Towson University and his Master's degree from University of Maryland. He worked as a Dean of Graduate Admissions for the University of Maryland. Bill was a self-taught, national award winning, duck decoy carver. He was also an activist in rights for individuals with disabilities and helped get legislature passed that required handicapped ramps on city curbs. Bill was a sports enthusiast and was a long time New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys fan. He enjoyed following politics and even worked on several local campaigns. Bill also enjoyed watching and coaching local basketball teams. Bill was also a founding member of the committee building the local Northfield Veterans' Park. He was very passionate about seeing the park completed to honor Veterans of Northfield and all who served our country.
Bill is predeceased by his parents Julius William and Olga Vain of Reisterown, Maryland. He is survived by his beloved family: brother Steven and sister-in-law Louisa Vain, sister Pam and brother-in-law Tom Miller, nieces Allie and Julia Vain and nephews Jeff and Scott Miller along with his cousins and his great nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by all that knew him.
Donations may be made in memory of William Vain payable to: Northfield Veterans' Park, Attn: City Clerk, Northfield City Hall, 1600 Shore Road, Northfield, NJ 08225. To celebrate his life, an informal gathering will be held on Sunday, 6/22 at 1:00 p.m. at the Northfield Legions Hall, 232 W. Mill Road in Northfield. Arrangements by the George H. Wimberg Funeral Home (ghwimberg.com).