William McCaslan Scaife, Jr.

William McCaslan Scaife Jr.,

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

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

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.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Families of the Wounded
www.fotwf.org/donate/ and the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank
www.fredfood.org/waystogive Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com