William Agee

Obituary of William Agee


Bill Agee, 86, of Kinnelon, passed away peacefully at home on December 19, 2017.
Born in New York and raised in Baltimore, Bill graduated from City College high school and earned a BS and MBA at Syracuse University. He served as a First Lieutenant in the US Army in Korea.
Bill spent more than fifty years as a broker on Wall Street, working for firms including Merrill Lynch, New Court Securities and Ladenburg, Thalmann. With a focus on creating capital for start-ups and small companies, he founded the Agee Forum as a place for company management to meet venture capitalists and portfolio managers, in the 1970’s.
Bill and his wife Cynthia moved to Smoke Rise in 1963, where they raised their two boys and were a fixture of the community for more than 50 years. They travelled extensively with their children and as a pair, often incorporating volunteer work or cycling with their shared interest in history and culture.
Bill pursued sports vigorously his entire life, and tried to share all that he knew with his wife and children. Anyone who spent time at the Smoke Rise tennis courts in the 1970’s will remember Bill hitting buckets of balls to his sons. And those who played golf at Wallkill Golf Club in the 1990’s will recall Bill critiquing Cynthia’s short game.
But skiing was Bill’s true passion, and he followed the powder all over the world, from the Catskills to the Laurentian Mountains; from British Columbia to the Austrian Alps; and especially to his beloved Ogden Utah, where he and Cynthia spent many winters in their later years, often clocking up to eighty days on the slopes in a single season. In fact Bill skied his last run in March 2016 at Snowbasin at the age of 85.
Bill is survived by his two sons, William and Thomas, his twin-brother Pelham, as well as extended family and many friends.
A funeral service will be held 11 am Saturday December 23 at The Community Church of Smoke Rise, Kinnelon. Visiting hours will be held prior to the service from 9 to 11 am at the church. Interment will follow at Mount Rest Cemetery, Butler.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Community Church of Smoke Rise.