William F. Larkin  -  Class of 1964

Inducted: 2014

 


 

As early as 17 years old, Bill evidenced his love of community service when he organized a fund to raise money for the Bodine children, who had lost their parents in a horrific accident. Soon afterwards, at the age of 21, Bill began coaching in the Babe Ruth Baseball League, as well as Pop Warner Football. Many of his former players have become life-long friends.

In 1987, many community activities became Bill's focus as he joined the Township of Ocean Alliance to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the Human Services Council, the Recreation Committee, and the Planning Board, all of which he still serves today. These community endeavors enabled Bill to become further involved as the President of the OTHS Booster Club, the Babe Ruth League, a founding Director of the Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce, a member of the advisory board for the Children's Hospital of Jersey Shore Medical Center, a member of the business advisory board for Cerebral Palsy of Monmouth County, in addition to serving on the Leadership Cabinet of Prevention First.

This community involvement may have seemed like a lot to others, but all of this was just a precursor to Bill's desire to become involved in local government and serve his community on an even higher level. In 1991, Bill ran and won a seat on the Township of Ocean Council. This eventually led to bill becoming Deputy Mayor in 1999 and in 2002, Bill was appointed Mayor of Ocean Township.

Bill has been awarded numerous honors including the Township of Ocean Chamber of Commerce "Man of the Year" in 1999, and the Metropolitan Dade County Florida Distinguished Person Award for service to the community when Ocean Township adoptd Homestead, Florida as their sister city in 1992 after the devastation from Hurricane Andrew. Additionally, in 2013, Bill was inducted into the New Jersey State Mayor's Hall of Fame.

In his spare time, Bill completed the New York City Marathon in less than 3 1/2 hours, negotiated the purchase of the Colonial Terrace Golf Course for the Township of Ocean, and was instrumental in the planning and construction of the Township of Ocean Library.

Bill attended Monmouth College, Caldwell College, and the Rutgers University School of Governmental Services. He is employed by Davis Associates in Eatontown, NJ as a Sales Representative.

Bill is married to Trudi Wolfe (APHS '68) with whome he has two sons, Ryan and Scott, and three grandchildren, Emma, Danny, and Sean.

Bill has lived his life to "try not to become a man of just success, but rather to become a man of value."