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President’s Point - July 2016

July 2016

On May 31, 2016 Tallahassee lost a great humanitarian and longtime Elder Care Services (ECS) emeritus board member, William H. Moncrief. Bill, as he was known to all of us, was one of our most dedicated volunteers who took pride in everything we accomplished. In the spring and summer of 2011 he established two ECS endowments in his and his wife’s name at the Community Foundation of North Florida and in 2012, Bill was unanimously selected as the ECS Philanthropist of the Year. Bill was an annual table sponsor of our major fund-raising event, Oktoberfest. He was also a regular visitor at our offices, always bearing gifts that would help our cause. He would appear with a can full of coins he collected for seniors or a handful of checks given to ECS in memory of one of his many friends or relatives.

Bill made us feel as though helping seniors was his one and only passion; however, he had a wide range of interests. He was a longtime volunteer with the Museum of Florida History. You could find him giving gallery talks about his experiences during World War II, or welcoming busloads of school children from around the state to help them explore and appreciate Florida’s rich heritage. He would often be at the Tallahassee Airport information booth on the main concourse greeting visitors and offering them suggestions or directions. He was a reading mentor for elementary school children and a benefactor of the FSU School of Theatre.

In addition to his charitable work, Bill cared deeply about his friends. He enjoyed the many lunches he shared with them, but his very special joy in life was celebrating every happy hour at Hotel Duval's Level 8, exchanging tales with an eclectic group of storytellers while he drank wine from a monogrammed glass specially personalized for him. His long and active life both here and abroad made for many interesting stories and endeared him with all who were fortunate enough to enjoy amiable times with him. 

Bill continued to remain active, even after the loss of his beloved wife, Lizanne, in 2001 and because of his huge capacity to give through volunteering, he was able to live more than 91 happy and extremely productive years. Elder Care Services is in a better place for having had the good fortune of being one of William H. Moncrief’s favorite organizations. 

The Moncrief family welcomes you to join them at Hotel Duval, Level 8 on Saturday July 9 at 4 PM to celebrate the life of this truly exceptional and very special man.

Thank you for your continued support!

Mark D. Baldino
Contact me @
baldinom@ecsbigbend.org
(850) 245-5930

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