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July 20, 1917 — January 1, 2009



William Gerald Vincent, age 91, of Cambridge, died New Years Day, Thursday, January 1, 2009 at Dorchester General Hospital after a long illness.

Born in Pocomoke City, Maryland on July 20, 1917, he was the son of the late Roger Franklin Vincent and Leta Bonneville Vincent.

After completing his secondary education in Pocomoke City, he entered Western Maryland College. Graduating in 1942, he was immediately ordered to active duty during World War II. As a Second Lieutenant, Mr. Vincent served sixteen months in Europe as a liason officer in France, Germany, and Czechoslovakia, earning a Bronze Star and four battle ribbons. At the conclusion of the war he continued his military service in the US Army Reserves, retiring with the rank of Major in 1977.

In 1948, Mr. Vincent married the former Dorothy Jean Wilson of Logan, West Virginia. Residing in Cambridge, his first employment was head clinical laboratory technician at the Eastern Shore State Hospital and at what is now Dorchester General Hospital. In 1960 be began a new career as an agent for State Farm Insurance, retiring in 1983. During that time, through his efforts, The Chesapeake Association of Life Underwriters was organized with him as charter president.

In civic affairs, Mr. Vincent was a past president of the Cambridge Rotary Club and Paul Harris Fellow, past president of the Cambridge-Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, and a vice president and acting president of the United Fund. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he at one time taught Sunday School and served as Chairman of the Administrative Board.

An avid boater, he enjoyed cruising the Chesapeake Bay with family and friends during his retirement. He served as Commodore of the Cambridge Yacht Club in 1973 and Commodore of the Rotary Yacht Squadron of the Chesapeake Bay.

In addition to his wife of sixty years, Mr. Vincent is survived by two daughters, Jean Vincent Bristor and her husband C. Craig Bristor of Lutherville, MD, and Catherine Vincent Mayer and her husband Douglass M. Mayer of Crofton, MD; four grandchildren Allyson Caroline Bristor, Andrew Craig Vincent Bristor and his wife Aurora, Douglass Vincent Mayer and Melissa Wright Mayer; two brothers Roger F. Vincent and Carroll D. Vincent.

Preceding him in death besides his parents were three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6th at Grace United Methodist Church, 501 Race St., Cambridge, MD, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Officiating at the service will be The Rev. Jay Hurley, Pastor. Interment will follow at Old Trinity Church Cemetery, Church Creek, MD with Military Honors.

Pallbearers will be Craig Bristor, Doug M. Mayer, Andrew Bristor, Doug V. Mayer, Ned Nabb and Tom Collins.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Frank Wright, Howard Hammond, Earl Brannock, Pat Neild and Paul Brooks.

Memorial offerings may be made in Mr. Vincent’s memory to the Grace United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 501 Race St., Cambridge, MD 21613.

Arrangements are entrusted to Curran-Bromwell Funeral Home, P.A., Cambridge, MD.

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