William "Bill" F. Tiley, formerly of Tamaqua, is celebrating his 100th birthday today at his home on Marco Island, Fla. His relatives and friends will gather to celebrate the occasion.
Born June 28, 1911, Tiley attended Tamaqua schools and participated on sports teams with Karl and Don Rubin and Joe Zanin. They all went to Temple University and played football under the coaching of the famous Glenn "Pop" Warner. He played on the winning team of the very first Sugar Bowl game that was played that year.
Following college, Tiley worked for the Allentown Call-Chronicle newspaper in its upstate office in Lansford as a cub reporter. He advanced into management where he remained until his retirement as bureau chief of the newspaper in 1976. At that time, he and his wife, Virginia, retired to Sun City, Ariz.
Mrs. Tiley was the former Virginia Bachman, of the Fred and Maude Bachman Bakery in Lansford.
Because of their love of golf, the Tileys became active volunteers in numerous state and national PGA and LPGA tournaments. Bill was also an editor of the Airstream Association publication, which is very active in Arizona.
Since the death of his wife in 2005, he has lived with his daughter on Marco Island. His son, Fred, practices medicine in Salem, Ore.
Tiley remains quite active: walking, swimming and still has an avid interest in sports.
Upon his doctor's advice, he had to give up golf a few years ago. He did, however, shoot his last "hole in one" just before his 96th birthday.