William Thomas Naulty, Jr of Audubon, NJ, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, December 21, 2021, at Vitas hospice at Jefferson Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia. Bill is survived by his daughter Michaela Erin Naulty, former spouse Marie Naulty Orme, sisters Peg Foster and Linda Naulty Lamond, brothers Brian and Jake Naulty, nephew Ian and his wife Ella, nieces Emma, Emily, Sophia and Charlotte, and brothers-in-law Terry and Steve.
Bill was born in Audubon, NJ on April 20, 1953, and lived as a quadriplegic for almost 40 years since an unfortunate diving accident. Despite this hardship, Bill acquired an interest in a wide range of intellectual pursuits, from astronomy to music and sports. Before his accident, Bill earned a degree in horticulture and operated his own landscaping company, and for decades despite his immobility he succeeded in raising an impressive array of vegetables and flowers in his backyard garden, as well as seasonal and tropical plants. Bill was an avid Philadelphia sports fan and Phillies season-ticket holder since the days of Mike Schmidt. From an early age, Bill was a dedicated music fan – particularly of the Beatles – and learned to play guitar. But the light of his life was his daughter Michaela. Raising a young daughter while confined to a wheelchair inspired Bill to persevere, and in turn inspired all of us.
Very special thanks from the family to the many nursing attendants and aides who over the years helped care for Bill – especially Tawnya and Kevin – and including so many others too numerous to list. They lifted his spirits, made his life easier and his hardship less burdensome. Bill’s sense of humor in turn cheered and inspired all who came in contact with his warm smile, his example reminding us not to take ourselves too seriously. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your local chapter of the spinal-cord society.
Arrangements by the FOSTER-WARNE FUNERAL HOME, Audubon and Collingswood, NJ.