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William H. Wainwright, Jr.

William Henry Wainwright, Jr. was born on January 28, 1950 to William Henry, Sr. and Louise (Staryos) Wainwright in Dade City, Florida. He passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018 at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida surrounded by his loving family.


William is survived by Amal Adib (Mawad) Wainwright, whom he happily married on Sunday, May 29, 1977. Additionally he is survived by his daughter May Mawad Wainwright; sister: Susan Wainwright; nieces Heather, Michelle, Anne, Susan and nephews: Scott and Charles.


William joined the United States Marine Corps in September of 1969 William was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps on October 6, 1978 at the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served tours of duty stateside and overseas to unstable war zone countries in Vietnam, Iceland, and Lebanon. Throughout his faithful country service, he received many awards, medals, appreciation/recognition for his efforts and letters of commendation, as one in May of 1977 acknowledging his level of service under conditions of extreme hardship and personal danger while working as NCOIC, in charge of the Marine Detachment in Lebanon, who organized the sea evacuation on June 20, 1976 for the US citizens and others. He was also on board the US Navy vessel. He also was a member of the Silent Drill Platoon while stationed with Marine Barracks, Washington D.C. from 1972 to 1975. He performed hundreds of ceremonies throughout the country and displayed superlative military bearing and uncommon proficiency while a member of the Silent Drill Platoon, according to his commendation.


A church service with military honors provided by the United States Marine Corps in scheduled for Saturday, May 12, 2018 at St. Pauls United Methodist Church in Largo, Florida. Services are scheduled for 11:00 am with a public visitation beginning at 10:00 am. The burial will take place at Bay Pines National Cemetery on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 1:30 pm.

Friends, family, and those who served with William are invited to share a memory and sign his guestbook below.

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  • Nuha Mouawad Maatouk says:

    William Hernry Wainwright was my brother-in-law for more than 40 years. He was so lovely and honest and never caused any hurt to anybody. I loved and respected him so much. Rest.In.Peace. Hank.

  • James E Pierce says:

    Sorry he left so soon !!
    We spent some good times as children
    On Ft Belvoir … loved his wit and humor .
    Only got to speak with him via phone
    Was planning often to see him .. just
    wasn’t to be..

    I was proud of his service and I know he was proud
    of his family .. May God embrace him
    As he serves and protects the heavens.
    Semper Fidelis Marine

  • Eldridge Bravo says:

    Dear May,

    I’m deeply saddened to learn of your father’s passing. My most sincere condolences to you and your family. Many thanks to your dad for his dedicated service to his country. Peace to you and yours, Eldridge

  • Jorge Luis Villavicencio says:

    I met William at a gathering in a mutual friend’s house. Interesting how a few conversations with someone can leave a deep and lasting impression. I for one will miss those conversations and the knowledge he shared with me. Godspeed, good Sir!

  • Suzette & Michel says:

    Truly saddened and still in shock. We enjoyed all your visits at Mizette and we will miss you. Rest in peace William as you are undoubtedly in a better world. Amal and May, we feel your suffering!!! Sincere condolences, Suze & miche

  • Houda Mouawad says:

    Henry, my brother-in-law, a pleasant, trustworthy and knowledgeable person…the last time we met was in Florida 2013 … I had a lovely time discussing issues related to religion, politics..and most of the time we had different points of view… He left us too soon to another mysterious world….So Goodbye Sunshine as he used to call his beloved ones…Rest in Peace in God’s hands.

  • Pam Horvath says:

    Hank, as I knew him, was one of the loveliest people I have ever known. Always filled with laughter and kindness. I’ve shared so many wonderful conversations with him that always left me learning something new. But more importantly, we always laughed! I had the pleasure of meeting his lovely wife Amal whom he was so lucky to have. I never meet May, but heard so much about her and know she was as lovely as Hank and Amal. He will always be remembered by me as smiling and laughing!

  • Salam Mouawad says:

    Goodbye Henry…you will always be a smile in our lives. Say hello to my mother in heaven. Salam

  • Ali says:

    Dear Sister Amal
    There are no words to express my sorrow for your loss.
    I just knew william for only 2 months as we were working togather, and I felt from the fisrt time we are close. I especially remember William’s gentle spirit and loving nature. I will always remember him as loving and giving person of great character.
    May God bless and comfort you and your family,
    My prayers for his soul to rest in Peace in God’s hands.

  • Rafik Muawwad says:

    Dear Amal: I am very sorry for your loss. I am sorry for I did not recognize your message. I get so many spam messages and emails I am afraid to respond. I hope everything is ok with you, May and Salam. Let me know if you need anything.

  • Walid Boustany says:

    May GOD bless his soul. My deepest sympathy to the entire family

  • Sissy (Lewis) says:

    Oh May, you and your mother have my deepest, sincerest condolences for the loss of your father and husband. When my sister told me you were with both of your parents when happened, my heart hurt for all of you. The time we spend with our loved ones is a precious treasure that’s irreplaceable. To the family, there is peace in knowing that Mr Wainwright knew he wad surrounded by the loved ones in his life. May he rest in peace.

  • Ghada Mouawad Adeimi says:

    Henry…You will live on in my heart. Your sense of humour will always be remembered. Playing chess and frisbee with you was fun. Fond memories…A beautiful heart stopped beating but a soul ascended to heaven.

    Dear Amal and May, our hearts are with you in this time of sorrow.

    Ghada and her family

  • Mona and Jim says:

    Dear Amal and May

    Our sincere condolences. May he rest in peace. It was a privilege to have met him. Our prayers are with you.

  • Nabih & Mirvat Beydoun says:

    We so sad to hear the death of Mr William wainwright
    We knew him for a short time but sound like knowing him for along time He was an awesome man.I don’t know what to say.
    Amal & May we love you both.May God blesses you both