ALICE G. ENGLAND
She was the wife of attorney William T. England. She and her husband moved to Jupiter from Weston in 1995.
Alice Genevieve O'Rourke was born on Jan. 4, 1936, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O'Rourke of Greenwich (Cos Cob). She graduated with honors from Greenwich High School in 1953. She received bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of Connecticut in 1957 and 1963, respectively, and subsequently pursued doctorate studies at the University of Maryland during summer sessions. As an undergraduate at UConn, she was elected president of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
She married her college sweetheart, William T. England, with whom she celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary Oct. 12, 2009. In an anniversary toast to his wife, Bill told her that she had always been the "wind beneath my wings."
Following completion of her undergraduate education in 1957, she taught English at Ellington High School in Connecticut and later at schools in Montgomery County, Md., including Rockville High School and Poolesville High School, where she served as chairwoman of the English department. She retired from teaching to become a full-time homemaker with the birth of her first child in 1968.
She achieved her greatest dream of having four children. It was in motherhood that she found her true calling and greatest happiness. A devoted mother who encouraged and helped her children to pursue all their goals and interests, she was unfailingly supportive, sympathetic and generous.
She and Bill were very supportive in their alma mater. In 1999, they permanently endowed the William & Alice England Merit Scholarship Fund at the University of Connecticut to provide annual scholarships to well qualified students with demonstrated financial need. Earlier, they permanently endowed the George & Helen England Professorship at the University Of Connecticut School Of Law in honor of Mr. England's late parents.
She had a real passion for tennis and would play for hours, even in the Florida summer heat. She was a veritable "human backboard," often returning opponent's shots that seemed unreturnable.
During hospitalization in 1998 for dehydration, England, a life-long non-smoker, contracted an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection that led to chronic pulmonary complications. The progressively debilitating condition caused her to retire in 2005 as captain of the Jonathan's Landing women's B-2 Tennis Team, which she had led for five years. Earlier in her amateur tennis pursuits she was a member of the 1994 Weston women's 3.5 tennis team that won the Connecticut and New England U.S.T.A. championships in that category and placed second in the nationals held in Phoenix, Ariz.
She was a member of the Jonathan's Landing Golf Club, where until recent years, she was active in tennis and the yacht club's women's auxiliary. Until very recently she also played mahjongg regularly with some of her former ladies' tennis partners, who remained among her dearest friends. England was a parishioner of St. Peter's Catholic Church.
Bill credited his wife for undoubtedly saving his life in August 1997 when he developed a bleeding ulcer while they were on a sailing ship cruising the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy. She accompanied him as he was taken by the ships tender to the Isle of Capri, where he was hospitalized in an ill-equipped and unsanitary medical clinic on the island. As her husband's grave condition worsened, she arranged for an ambulance to come by ferry from Naples -- some 25 miles away by water -- to transport him by return ferry to a more modern hospital on the mainland, where his condition eventually improved.
She is survived by four children, William T. England Jr. (Julie) of Collierville, Tenn., Nancy J. Dolan (David) of Jupiter, Fla., Kelly M. England (Tara) of Jupiter, Fla., and Kerry J. Paolillo of East Haven; five grandchildren, William III and Michael England, Molly Alice and Jack Dolan, and Jerry R. Paolillo Jr.; and two brothers, John (Theresa) O'Rourke and Theodore O'Rourke.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Neil (Stella) and Thomas (Mary) O'Rourke.
A funeral Mass was celebrated June 12 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Jupiter; interment followed at Riverside Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The University of Connecticut Foundation Inc., fbo William & Alice England Merit Scholarship (fund No. 30639), 2390 Alumni Drive, Unit 3206, Storrs, CT 06269-3206.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Jupiter, Fla.