William Augustine McAuliffe Jr., a former shipping executive who later operated a cab company on the Eastern Shore, died of cancer Wednesday at Chester River Hospital Center. The Chestertown resident was 90.
Mr. McAuliffe was born and raised in New York City. In 1938, he graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Before World War II, he worked for Lloyd's of London and R&K Steamship Lines.
He enlisted in the Navy on Dec. 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was attacked, and served throughout the war, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and served with the Navy Department in Washington.
A former resident of Ramsey, N.J., he worked in management for R&K, U.S. Steel, and Isthmian and Seatrain steamship lines before retiring in 1978 and moving to Chestertown.
Well known there, Mr. McAuliffe worked as a school crossing guard and a night clerk at the Imperial Hotel. He also established Taxi Man, a cab company that he operated for seven years before retiring last year.
He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Chestertown, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Oct. 20. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, with full military honors.
Mr. McAuliffe, who was predeceased by two wives, is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Marion Miller; two sons, William A. McAuliffe III of New Orleans and Christian S. McAuliffe of Estero, Fla.; four daughters, Karen Craney of Poolesville, Tara Brown and Kathy Hoffman, both of Baton Rouge, La., and Kyle van de Poll of Tampa, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.