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William George Humphries Jr.

January 11, 2019

William George Humphries, Jr., age 94 of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania passed away  Friday, January 11, 2019. Growing up on the Main Line of PA, William graduated from Lower Merion High School in 1947.  His High School education was interrupted to serve  in the U.S. Army, 29th Division as a Sergeant during WWII. William Jr. went on to attend Penn State University where he attained an undergraduate degree in Business, as well as, earned a Varsity Sweater as the Captain of the Penn State Gymnastics Team. In 1955, William Jr. married Peggy P. Havice and was blessed with 54 years of Marriage until her untimely death on December 17, 2010. William worked as a pharmaceutical representative for the Smith, Kline, and French pharmaceutical company (Now GlaxoSmithKline) and retired in 1987. Peg and William Jr. had two sons, William III and Daniel. Their son William III passed away in 2011, from Brain Cancer. William Jr. is survived by his son Daniel. In his many years, William Jr. was active in the community through the U.M. Baseball youth leagues, Boy Scouts, and Indian Guides. William Jr. also enjoyed painting and solving cryptograms. In tribute to William Jr., one of his favorite poems is presented:

 

Out of This Life

Out of this life I shall never take things of gold and silver I make,

All that I cherish and hoard away, after I leave, on this earth must stay,

Tho’ I have toiled for a painting rare to hang on the wall, and call it mine, and toast it’s worth, I must leave it there when I leave this earth,

All that I gather and all that I keep I must leave behind when I fall asleep, 

And I often wonder what I shall own in the other life, when I pass alone,

what shall he find, and what shall he see, in the soul that answers the call for me? 

Shall the great judge learn when my task is through that my spirit has gained some riches too. Or shall at last, it be mine to find that all I had worked for I left behind. 

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