William James (Bill) Pinner

September 6, 1969 ~ December 6, 2019 (age 50)


William James “Bill” Pinner departed this life on December 6th, 2019 at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore surrounded by his loving family. Bill had been battling Diabetes for a number of years and had recently contracted an infection which tragically claimed his life.

Bill was born on September 6th, 1969 to William Joseph and Kathleen Anne (McKnight) Pinner. He was a childhood cancer patient at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital where he was treated for Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia beginning in 1972. Bill was not expected to survive this illness but surprised his medical team by doing just that. He went into remission for the last time at the age of 5 and was considered “Cured” from cancer.  Bill was treated for many other childhood illnesses, the last of which was a brain aneurism at the age of 12. He was an amazing survivor. Bill attended Fayette Academy in Somerville, TN where he graduated high school in 1988. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration. Bill also earned a paralegal certification from the University of Memphis.

Bill worked as a senior level paralegal with the Office of the Vice President and General Council of Johns Hopkins University. He was also the current President of the Maryland Association of Paralegals.

Bill met the love of his life, John Leonard “J.J.”Milcarek in February of 1999 and they were a devoted couple for almost 21 years. Friends often referred to the pair as bookends. These two really completed one another and were married on December 31st, 2018 in a small ceremony with their family. Bill and John enjoyed many happy years together creating beautiful memories and they were very blessed.

Bill is survived by his husband: John L Milcarek, Father and Mother In-Law: John H Milcarek and Kathy A Milcarek,  Sister: Melissa “Lisa” (Stephan) Olason, Brother In Law: Matthew (Erica) Milcarek, His nephews: Zack Bishop, Nate Bishop, Chase Patrick and Jacob Milcarek., Uncle: Bob(Gail) Pinner, Aunts: Susan Baldridge, Barbara(John) May. Cousins: Rob(Elisha) Pinner, Wendy(David) Lunsford, Amy(Jeremy) Bedenbaugh, Arthur(Julie) Baldridge, Sonya(Steve) Hawkins, Mack(Becky) Green, Christy Hocking, April Green, Willie(Malissa) Green, Jimmy (Ashley)Goodman, Johnathan (Meagan) Goodman and many loving Aunts, Uncles and Cousins In Law and close friends.  

Bill was proceeded in death by his loving parents, William ”Bill” Joseph Pinner and Kathleen Anne ”Cathy” McKnight Pinner and dear cousin, Jamie Baldridge Newcomb.

Bill was a dear friend to many, a devoted husband,  a loving brother, a treasured uncle. He will leave a hole in the hearts of his family and friends that can never be filled.

The family requests donations be made in Bills memory to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in lieu of flowers. Bill was granted 47 years of life that he would have otherwise missed if it had not been for the treatment, dedication, hard work and research of the doctors, nurses and scientists of this amazing organization.

Family and friends are invited to call at the family owned and operated McCULLY-POLYNIAK FUNERAL HOME, P.A. 3204 Mountain Road Pasadena, Maryland 21122 on Saturday December 14, 2019 from 1-5 PM. A funeral service will begin at 5 PM. Cremation to follow. 

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December 14, 2019

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
McCully - Polyniak Funeral Home
3204 Mountain Rd
Pasadena, MD 21122

Funeral Service
December 14, 2019

5:00 PM
McCully - Polyniak Funeral Home
3204 Mountain Rd
Pasadena, MD 21122


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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