NAPLES, FL / CLINTON, NY – It is with great sadness that the family of William N. Macartney, III, 79, of Naples, FL, and formerly of Clinton, NY, announced his death on Tuesday, September 14th. 2021, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD with his loving family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born December 16, 1941 in Utica, NY, to William N. and Martha (Smith) Macartney, Jr., he graduated from Suffield Academy and continued his bachelor’s degree at Washington & Jefferson College, where he received his BA Cornell University and completed his MBA in 1966. from the Johnson School of Business
Affectionately known as “Mac” by friends, Bill joined Indium Corporation in 1967 and became president in 1970 after buying the company from his father, William N. Macartney Jr. Indium Corporation has grown from approximately 20 employees to nearly 1,200 today, and has expanded from a single humble facility in Utica, NY, to fourteen modern and growing facilities worldwide, while tremendously expanding the company’s markets and product offerings. Bill served as chairman of the company’s board of directors until his death.
In addition, Bill enjoyed the numerous bodies he served on and the opportunity they gave him to further engage in the various communities he was involved in.
Many people in the world have been gifted with Bill’s friendship, although Bill would say the opposite. His family, friends, and community have been Bill’s greatest source of joy and pride. For those who knew him, his zest for life, his ability to spin a sentence and share a joke were legendary. Bill was always there to share in happy times, times of sadness, and certainly celebratory milestones and achievements. Generous by nature, he always took it upon himself to lovingly care for his family, friends, company, communities, and pretty much everyone he knew.
Besides his family, friends and business, his favorite passion in life was golf, where many lasting friendships began and lasted throughout his life. He was a very talented amateur player who won numerous club championships and invitation awards, including international competitions and events. When he wasn’t playing golf, Bill was often found over a glass of wine with friends, or fly-fishing somewhere in his beloved Adirondacks or in a mountain stream, where he found peace and joy in the wilderness and silence.
Bill leaves behind his loving wife, Linda, whom he married on February 20, 1999; his beloved children, William “Bill” N. Macartney, IV, of Reno, NV; Elizabeth “Libby” (James) M. Mitchell, of Mill Valley, CA (children of Bill and Barbara Wyckoff Soggs); beloved stepchildren, Kelle D. Wallace of Naples, FL, and Jamie L. (Justin) Hamlet of Whitesboro, NY; four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren, Neil and Piper Macartney, of Reno, NV; Cooper and Emerson Mitchell, of Mill Valley, CA, and Olivia and Cameron Weiler, of Whitesboro, NY; two loving sisters, Barbara Ann (Olavi Hirvonen) Macartney from Canaan, NY, and Lola Troost from Sarasota, FL; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He was previously dead by a younger sister, Martha Macartney.
Bill’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021, beginning with a family prayer at 9:00 a.m. at the Friedel, Williams and Edmunds Funeral Home, 13 Oxford Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413, followed by a memorial service at 10:00 am at Grace Church, 6 Elizabeth St., Utica, NY 13501, with Rev. Christine Williams-Belt.
To address ongoing concerns about Covid, the family would like to announce that the service will be streamed live and additional seating will be available at Delta Hotels Utica (formerly The Radisson), 200 Genesee Street, Utica, NY, 13502 live stream please visit the Grace Church website (https://gracechurchutica.org) and select the webcasts option on the blue banner at the top of the home page. To access the live stream directly, please use this link (Grace Church Utica, New York – YouTube).
A private funeral service for the family will follow at Crown Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton.
Bill’s life is celebrated immediately after the funeral service.
Office hours for family and friends are on Friday, September 24th, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Friedel, Williams and Edmunds Funeral Home in New Hartford.
The family has reserved rooms at Home 2 Suites by Hilton, 119 N Genesee St, Utica, NY (315-733-1000). Please refer to Indium / Macartney.
Instead of flowers, donations can be made to ABC of Clinton (http://abetterchanceclintonmv.org), Cancer Services at MVHS (https://www.mvhealthsystem.org/ways-to-give/memorial-and-tribute) gifts ), The Guadalupe Center (https://www.guadalupecenter.org) or First Tee (https://firsttee.org).
The arrangements are overseen by Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan, NY. Condolences, news, and online obituary at www.scanlonfuneral.com.