John William (“Bill”) Earle Jr., formerly of New Orleans, New York and Houston, died in his new hometown of Belfast on May 28, 2012. Born in Fresno, Calif., in 1923, he grew up in New Orleans and joined the Marine Corps shortly after Pearl Harbor.

He was commissioned a second lieutenant and flew the Corsair F4U fighter plane in the Pacific Theater. He returned to New Orleans after the war to complete his undergraduate and law degrees at Loyola University, where met his future wife, Mary Ann Wadden.

In 1951 after the birth of their son Edward, they moved to New York City, where Bill taught at Fordham University and settled into positions with Wall Street firms providing analysis of the oil industry. Bill brought his expertise on the oil industry to the First City Bank of Houston in 1977. Upon retirement the Earles both engaged fully in continuing education classes and travel.

After Mary Ann’s death in 2004, Bill continued his pursuit of studies and moved back to New York in 2007 to be closer to his son and daughter-in-law, Anna Strickland. In 2009 Bill moved to Maine, where he very much enjoyed the camaraderie and good spirits in the town of Belfast and the staff and community of Tall Pines Assisted Living. A memorial mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Belfast will be scheduled in July.

The Earle/Strickland family would like to thank all the dedicated and kind health professionals who assisted Bill Earle in his stay in Maine: his doctor, Jeffrey Newsom, and staff at Seaport Family Practice, the nurses and doctors at Waldo County Hospital, especially those in the ICU where he spent his last days, and all the staff and community of Tall Pines Assisted Living who were so helpful to him.