William B. McAuliffe Jr, 91, of Blue Bell, Pa., formerly of Ambler, passed away on Aug. 21 after a short illness.
Raised in Philadelphia, Bill attended LaSalle College High School. After graduation he was drafted into the U.S. Army and, after completing Officer Candidate School, was stationed in Germany at the end of World War II. After completing his military service, he enlisted in the Army National Guard and served for 20 years, retiring in 1968 as with the rank of Major.
Bill was the founder and owner of McAuliffe and Sons, Architectural Hardware Consultants and Wholesale Hardware Distributor, until his retirement in 1999. During his career, he served as chairman of a committee with representatives of the American Society of Architectural Hardware Consultants (ASAHC) (of which he was President) and the National Builders Hardware Association (NBHA) that was tasked with exploring a merger of the two organizations, eventually leading to the founding of the Door and Hardware Institute in 1975.
In addition to running a business and raising his family, Bill was active in the community. He was Past President and board member of the Men of LaSalle, member of the board of directors of the Ambler Teen Center, Past President and board member of the American Society of Architectural Hardware Consultants, Past President and board member of the Plymouth Meeting Historical Society, and Past President and board member of the Rotary Club of Ambler.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Mary Elizabeth (Donohoe); a sister, sister-in-law, two brothers-in-law, eight children, 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Donations in Bill's name can be made to the Rotary Club of Ambler, P.O. Box 81, Ambler, PA 19002.