Mayor Craig A. Moe has ordered the City flag lowered in honor of long-time Laurelite and devoted volunteer, William Stoner, Sr., age 76, who passed away suddenly at his home on January 28, 2020.
Bill, or Stoney to many of his friends, was a graduate of Laurel High School, Class of 1961. He joined the Air Force in 1962, where he served for 4 years, and then began working at the National Security Agency in 1966, where he retired from after 50 years.
Bill is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Sandy, his children, Bill Jr. of Laurel and Cathi Madden from Eugene, Oregon, along with his son-in-law Kevin, granddaughters, who were the light of his life, Kerry and Julie Madden, his brother Dan and sister, Mary Ann Grover, and many nieces and nephews, as well as his furbaby, Rudy.
Anyone you talk to would agree Bill never met a stranger. He always had a smile, laugh and joke for everyone he encountered and his list of accomplishments are long and wide.
His obituary states, Bill “ran with the Rescue Squad from 1966-1969. He acted as chaplain for many years with American Legion Post 60. He started Laurel Literacy and taught many to read. He was a member of Howard County Neighbor Ride, an active member of his church, Resurrection of Our Lord, where he performed the duty of lector and where he taught religious education for years. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, (Bill) participated in Sarah’s House, Our Daily Bread and Md Games. He served on the Fourth of July Committee,” but his proudest moments came from his participation in the Hogettes.
His legacy will be all the people he helped and lives he touched through the years and Mayor Moe, along with the Laurel City Council, City staff and Laurel 4th of July Committee, will miss his tireless energy.
His viewing is scheduled for Friday, February 7, 2020, from 2:00 – 4:00pm and 6:00 – 8:00pm at Donaldson Funeral Home. Services will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020, starting with an hour-long viewing at 10:00am at Resurrection of Our Lord Church, followed by the funeral mass at 11:00am.
Please keep Bill’s wife, children, grandchildren and family members in your prayers. Thank you Bill for your dedication to the Laurel community. You will be missed.