William John Meis, Jr., 96, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2018 with his family by his side. Bill was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Gertrude and William Meis. He is predeceased by his wife, Myra Elinor Bryers after 68 loving years of marriage. He is also predeceased by his sister, Rita and her husband John Garrity and in-laws, Dr. William (Bud), John and Ann Bryers.
Bill and Myra were exceptionally loved by and proud of their five children, Myra Elinor (Birdie) and son-in-law Gerald (Jerry) Corcoran, Dr. William J. (Bill) Meis and daughter-in-law Dr. Mary Louise Schneiders, Judith Ann (Judy) and son-in-law Michael J. Ragan, James (Jim) M. Meis and daughter-in-law Jacqueline Quilter, and Dr. Gerald A. (Jerry) Meis.
Bill was blessed with and deeply loved by his grandchildren, Maura Elinor (Corcoran) and Joseph Wozniak, Andrew B. Corcoran, Kevin G. and Kristin (Naselli) Corcoran, Dr. Marc T. Mongeau, Courtney Ann Meis, Alexandra Louise Meis, Katie Meis, Thomas Gerald Meis, William Patrick Meis and Theodore James Meis.
He was the proud, great ‘Poppy’ of Elinor and William Wozniak and Kevin Francis Corcoran.
Bill attended Northeast High School, where he was a talented tennis player and his Hunting Park neighborhood pals were lifelong friends. In 1942, he served with distinction in the US Navy as a Naval pilot and went on to become an aviation instructor of the OSU2 Kingfisher during World War II. He excelled as a naval instructor, with notable student and French President Charles de Gaulle’s son as one of his French cadets. After the war, he continued his education, graduating from Drexel University with a Business Degree. Shortly after, Bill met the love of his life, Myra.
Myra and Bill started their family in Northeast Philadelphia and eventually moved to Margate, NJ. In 1974, an opportunity arose for them to own and operate the Tradewinds Motel in Ocean City. They worked tirelessly to welcome families to Ocean City for 23 years. Over the years, each family member was inevitably on staff. During this time, Bill was actively involved in the city. He served and was elected President of the Ocean City Council. As a city council member, he helped to change the city's Blue Laws, stating, “I said I'd dive off the Music Pier if the ‘no’ vote won and now I don't have to do that. This is a great day for the faithful.” Bill was also the President of the Hotel Motel Association. Bill loved and honored The Exchange Club and until his final days, he was a beloved and devoted member. His other passions included golfing, reading, poker, March Madness and an occasional Manhattan. After retiring from the Tradewinds Motel, Bill and Myra were true snowbirds, spending summers in Ocean City and winters with dear friends and family in Florida.
In the last days of his life, Bill's Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl, flying to victory, putting an eternal smile on a die-hard fan's face.
Bill was a man of deep faith and his devotion to his family and friends was paramount and unrivaled. His kind heart, warm smile, and loving nature was enough for any cloudy day to brighten, any hard time to soften, and any teary eye to shine. Bill’s friendships were lifelong. His family ties are fiercely loyal. His gentle and loving spirit will forever remain in our hearts.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 at 11am at St. Augustine’s RC Church of St. Damien Parish, 13th Street and Wesley Ave., Ocean City, NJ. Friends and family may call from 9:30 –11. Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Mausoleum, Mays Landing, NJ. Memorial contributions in Bill’s name are suggested to: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 2004 Sproul Rd., Suite 208, Broomall, PA 19008.
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