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William Rowe Janney

1954 ~ 2018 (age 64)

 William Rowe Janney III, of Naples, Florida died Sunday, November 4, 2018 of complications from a kidney transplant.  Bill was born February 9, 1954 in White Plains, New York to Tyler and Patricia (Ulrich) Janney.   He spent much of his childhood in Princeton, New Jersey and later Hudson, Ohio where he attended Western Reserve Academy, a college preparatory school.
Bill attended Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland and graduated in 1976.  After college he taught tennis in Princeton, New Jersey. He was a teaching professional at John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, Texas.  Bill owned a tennis store in Pascagoula, Mississippi where he also taught the sport. For several years he was a tennis sporting goods rep.  After relocating to Naples, Florida, he joined his father's real estate company and was also a southwest Florida rep for Golfers Guide, a regional golf magazine.
In May 1996 he attended his 20-year Washington College reunion and was reunited with classmate, Margaret Goldstein.  They married in December 1996 and were wed almost 22 years.  Together they owned Janney Real Estate Services, Inc. where they worked as a team until he retired for medical reasons.
Bill was an avid sports fan who enjoyed playing golf and attending PGA events.  He had season tickets for several years to the Miami Dolphins games.  In his spare time, he loved traveling with Margaret.  He could find as much happiness in eating a famous Wisconsin State Fair cream puff to holding a koala at Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo.
 He was a dedicated member of his college fraternity, Beta Omega Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order.  He served as a volunteer advisor to Florida Gulf Coast University's Kappa Alpha fraternity.  He was active at his prep school, Western Reserve Academy, where he served on an advisory committee. He helped found the first WRA reunion golf tournament which is still held every year.   He was devoted to his alma mater Washington College and served on its President's Advisory Council and the Athletic Hall of Fame committee.
For several years, Margaret and Bill owned a home on the Chester River in Chestertown, Maryland.   Bill was a gracious host who enjoyed having an annual "star spangled" Fourth of July party attended by many of their Eastern Shore friends, ages 5 to 85.  
Despite his illness he maintained an optimistic view of life and was determined to return to good health after he had the long-awaited kidney transplant. He will be deeply missed by family and friends whose lives he touched over the years.
He is survived by his loving wife Margaret, sister Barbara Janney Desanzo (Albert Wahbey), brother-in-law Philip Goldstein (Terry), and sister-in-law Louisa H. Goldstein, and many cousins.
Per his wishes, Bill will be cremated and there will be no service.  Memorial contributions can be made to Washington College, 100 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, Maryland 21620 or to Western Reserve Academy, 115 College Street, Hudson, Ohio 44236.   For online condolences, please visit

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