IN MEMORIAM: William “Willie” Gaines Gwathmey

Gwathmey-Willie-2014-09-21-400x324William “Willie” Gaines Gwathmey, beloved son of Gaines Gwathmey and Rose Harvey; devoted brother of Katie Gwathmey; passed away on September 19, 2014, in Washington, D.C. He was 20.

The 6’2″, freckle-faced New York native, with a big smile and an even bigger heart, lived life to the fullest. He was known for his easy charm, boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm.

A 2012 graduate of Collegiate High School, in New York, Willie excelled both in the classroom and on the court. During his junior and senior year, he helped lead the school’s varsity basketball team, the “Mighty Dutchmen,” to back-to-back state championships. He was also an avid tennis player.

Willie was a junior at George Washington University (GW), pursuing a degree in Finance and Economics at its School of Business, at the time of his passing.

In addition to his parents and older sister, Willie is survived by an extended family of relations and friends from every walk of life.

A service to commemorate Willie’s life will be held at the Unitarian Church of All Souls, located at 1157 Lexington Ave, NY, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.  Anyone wishing to make a contribution in Willie’s memory might consider a donation to the Collegiate School’s Athletic Fund.

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