William Mahler Thorp

July 17, 2013 

William Mahler Thorp, 54, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013.

Mahler was born November 23, 1958 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He was the son of John Mercer Thorp and the late Cynthia Mahler Thorp. He was educated in the Rocky Mount schools and graduated summa cum laude from Atlantic Christian College. He met his bride, the former Lindsay Sloan, in Bogue Sound on a sandbar. This November they would have celebrated 30 years of marriage. They were blessed with a son, Will, who completed their family. They were an inseparable team that enjoyed all things Carolina and traveled extensively throughout the world.

Mahler loved Rocky Mount, his family and his friends and everyone he met. And that love was returned overwhelmingly. He was very active in Rocky Mount serving on the Rocky Mount Academy Board, the Nash Community College Board, the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce Board, and the Tar River Kiwanis Board. He participated in a “Day for Wesleyan”, Nash Community College Foundation, North Eastern Entrepreneurs Roundtable, and The Carolina Gateway Partnership and Executive Committee. It gave him the greatest pleasure to be on the UNC Board of Visitors and the UNC Parents Council. He was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd and Benvenue Country Club.

He was the ultimate believer in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and one of their most devoted fans. In his 54 years of life he rarely missed a Carolina football, basketball, or baseball game. One of the happiest days of his life was when Will received his acceptance letter.

Mahler also lived to travel. We were able to travel as a family experiencing the world together. Whether it was the basket ladies in the market in Victoria Falls, or Jabu in Johannesburg, or Lek in Bangkok, he invested his heart and resources to help all of his friends.

He is survived by his wife, Lindsay and his son Will, Gaby, his English Labrador, his father, John Mercer Thorp and stepmother Rogie Thorp, sister Helen Thorp of Greensboro and brother John Thorp of Chapel Hill. His aunt, Elizabeth Havens of Greenville, his god parents Helen and Howard Haynes of Rocky Mount, and he was especially close to his nephews and nieces Sam and Nathan Thorp of Chapel Hill, Jonathan Havens of Weaverville, Powell Havens of Hampstead, and Cynthia Beaudoin of Greenville.

The family will be receiving Thursday, July 18, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the home.

A memorial service will be held Friday, July 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd and afterwards at Pineview Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers are Will’s brothers of UNC’s Zeta Psi fraternity.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the UNC Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center.

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