William S. Wells, 87
passed away on August 10, 2017 at home in Ridgewood.
Born on April 4, 1930, in Easton, PA, William (Bill) Wells, the
son of Cornelius Wells and Carrie (Tucker) Vanderslice, spent
his high school years in Washington, D.C. Bill augmented his
formal education at McKinley Tech High School (1948) by
collecting great music and books, including his cherished
collection of the Harvard Classics, which he financed with a
job counting passengers on DC buses, and which inspired his
life-long love of literature and philosophy.
Bill earned his bachelors at the University of Chicago, then interrupted his education to enlist in
the Army and was accepted into the language training program in Monterey, CA, where he
became fluent in Mandarin. After returning to civilian life, he earned a Masters in English
Literature at Columbia University and a law degree from Columbia in 1960. For over 30 years,
he was dedicated to his work as corporate counsel at CPC International (now Unilever).
Bill settled with his family in Ridgewood in 1978 and, in recent years, divided his time between
Ridgewood and Chapel Hill, N.C. After retiring in 1997, he devoted himself to his family, writing,
and travel. He continued his passion for books with the Reader’s Choice Book Club at the
Ridgewood Public Library.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Wells, with whom he recently celebrated a 60th wedding
anniversary; four children and their spouses and partners, Catherine and David Bostock,
Christopher Wells and Karen Gerdo, Jennifer Wells and Kent Schneeveis, and Rebecca Wells
and Ron Powers; and three grandchildren, Sam Powers, Andrew Bostock, and William
His two brothers, Cornelius and John (Tuck) Wells, predeceased him.
The visitation will be held at the C.C. Van Emburgh Funeral home at 306 E. Ridgewood
Avenue, on Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, to be followed by a private
burial at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, New Jersey.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ridgewood Public Library Foundation,
125 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ, 07450 or Ridgewoodlibraryfoundation.org
Thursday, August 17, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
306 E Ridgewood Ave
Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450