William M. Scaife Jr. died on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Fredericksburg.
Born on April 1, 1929, in Washington, D.C., William Scaife spent his childhood on both coasts thanks to his father's service in the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.
After graduating from Western High School (1947) in Washington, he attended Tufts University where he met his future wife, Sylvia Hall. He went to law school at the University of Virginia on an NROTC scholarship. Upon graduation in 1953, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and married Sylvia.
After completing active duty, Bill and Sylvia returned to Fredericksburg, having become attached to the area during Bill's time at The Basic School at Quantico. In addition to establishing his legal practice, during his early years in Fredericksburg he immersed himself in community and civic activities. He served on the Fredericksburg City Council, the board of the Fredericksburg Rescue Squad, and the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church.
In the 1960s, he served on the Fredericksburg Biracial Commission and was a founding member of Hazel Hill Apartments, the first nonprofit in Virginia to receive Housing and Urban Development funds.
Over the course of his fifty years of practicing law in Fredericksburg, Bill made many friends and gained the respect and loyalty of numerous clients. Bill remained an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve; in 1982 he took a sabbatical from his law practice and spent a year on active duty working out of the Navy Yard in Arlington. He helped to rewrite the Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act, the key law detailing protections given to reservists and National Guard members when recalled to active duty. After retiring from the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve as a colonel in 1985, he remained involved in military related activities, most recently serving on the board of the Families of the Wounded, an organization which raises money to help meet the acute, unmet needs of the families of wounded service members.
He enjoyed spending time in the Northern Neck with his family; he was a woodworker, an amateur mechanic, hunter and avid reader of history. Evidence of his many projects was often in view in the driveway of his home, the site of car and sailboat restorations and other woodworking projects.
Bill is predeceased by his wife, Sylvia; his son, Allen Ross; and his daughter-in-law, Cathy Edwards Scaife.
He is survived by three children, William M. Scaife III (Caren Eby Scaife), Susan Scaife Duerksen, and John Hall Scaife (Anne Lounsbery); eleven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Doris Chavula and Haja Koroma-Beckley are recognized with much love and gratitude for their care and kindness shown to Bill and the entire Scaife family through years.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24 at at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 25 at the funeral home chapel.
Burial will follow at noon at Quantico National Cemetery.