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Honoring "Bill" Scarafia, former chamber president

Honoring the life of William E. “Bill” Scarafia
(1949-2016)

TheBayNet.Com is saddened by the recent passing of former CEO and President of the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce William E. “Bill” Scarafia. Scarafia passed away Monday, Oct. 24 in Washington DC. Scarafia retired from his post at the Chamber in June after lead the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce for 14 years. Visitation and funeral service information for Mr. Scarafia can be found below.

The former CEO and president was instrumental in assisting, supporting and promoting businesses in St. Mary’s County through what could be considered a broad range of economic development, education and legislative initiatives. This was accomplished over the years, as Mr. Scarafia served a diversified blend of services businesses, defense contractors institutional partners, county government and Board of Directors.

Scarafia will be well remembered as “a steadfast leader” who was a mentor to numerous volunteers who served the Board and other subcommittees. A high level of commitment and personal consideration for the needs of businesses in St. Mary’s County was a routine practice for Bill Scarafia. He worked closed with the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and was highly respected for his work, humility and dedication.

According to press release statement dated Wednesday, Oct. 26, Commission Todd Morgan (4th District) “I am deeply saddened by his death. He was an inspiration and leader guiding and reshaping the Chamber,” “He constantly worked for the businesses and people of St. Mary’s County and smiled at their successes. Most noticeably, he never took the limelight … usually shunning it. Our condolences are extended to his family.”

Scarafia has a served in many roles in St. Mary’s County to help promote economic strength, growth and sustainability. He was a former member of the St. Mary’s County Economic Development Commission and during his term he was instrumental in organizing a trade mission in 2015 to Huntsville, Ala. The trade mission was to explore how that city had successfully diversified its economy. St. Mary’s County Economic Development Director, Chris Kaselemis stated, “I'm very saddened to hear of Bill's passing.” “He was a tremendous help to our department, as he was to me personally. He worked hard to improve the economy of St. Mary’s County.”
 

Funeral Service Information below:

Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home
41590 Fenwick Street
Leonardtown, MD

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.

Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home
41590 Fenwick Street
Leonardtown, MD

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