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Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home

90 Weathersfield Ave, Altamonte Springs, FL

OBITUARY

William Whitley Mead

July 9, 1943July 9, 2020

William “Bill” Whitley Mead, 77, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, went home to be with the Lord, on his birthday, July 9, 2020. Bill had a quiet confidence, a loyal and honorable heart, and a faith-filled soul. He was born to Berne “Tom” Matthews Mead and Harriet Councill Mead, in Chillicothe, Illinois, in 1943. His family moved to Florida when he was a baby. Bill graduated from Edgewater Highschool in 1961. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and his master’s in counseling, from Troy State University. He was very proud of his Dolphins, that he earned for serving in the US Naval Submarine Service. He was married to Glenda Dyer Mead. On March 1, 2020, he and his sweetheart celebrated 47 years together. Bill had a career in social work and counseling with the State of Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and then, Orange County Department of Children and Family services. He had a heart for troubled youths and wanted to make a difference in their lives. Much of Bill’s time was spent volunteering. He taught literacy skills to adults. He spent time with Hospice patients, reading to them and sitting vigil with them in their final hours. He traveled to prisons around Florida, counseling and sharing his faith, while volunteering with Kairos Prison Ministry and Bill Glass Ministry Bill had a passion for Jesus, his family and friends, boxing and working out. He shared the story of God’s grace in his life with anyone who would listen. He was fiercely protective of his family and always working on building their character. He appreciated his lifelong friendships, including his First Tuesday Group. After an undefeated boxing record in the military, he continued his love for boxing by sparring at the local gym and becoming a judge ringside. He loved working out, whether it was playing tennis every Saturday morning with his buddies, riding his bicycle like a speed racer around his neighborhood, swimming laps like his mom taught him, shaking the house while punching the heavy and speed bags, or using his ancient weights his dad gave him when he was 12. Besides his sweetheart, Glenda, Bill was survived by his little (big) brother, Charles “Chuck” Mead, his adoring daughters, Denise Mead and Kristen Crane; his favorite son in law, Charlie Crane, favorite ex son in law, Ron Hall, and his beloved grandson, Dillon Hall. The funeral service will be held at 12 noon, August 8, 2020, at Incarnation Catholic Church, 1515 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, Florida. A reception/celebration will follow the service in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bill’s favorite charity, St.Jude’s (www.stjude.org/give), or his church, Incarnation Catholic Church (407-843-2886).

God is Good, All the Time!

Services

8 August

Mass of Christian Burial

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Incarnation Catholic Church

1515 Edgewater Drive
Orlando, FL 32804

Memories

William Whitley Mead

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SHANNON SIMPSON

July 21, 2020

Way, way back, a long time ago .... when the # 7 on a license plate indicated we were from Orange County, the police in Daytona Beach on Easter Holidays and other events, would be ready and waiting for us ... daring us to even look the wrong way or off to jail you went.
Many young men from Boone, Edgewater, Winter Park , Oakridge and Bishop Moore High Schools love to take that dare ... having TOO much fun, finding a good brawl and sometimes being injured ...no names mentioned. All in good fun but thank God we never lost anyone.
Bill grew to be a man with such accolades with his desire to help young people so I see from the obituary and it makes me smile knowing him and the guys from above made a good life. Good things come from a good heart that has "been there and done that" and knows what guidance and caring can do.
You were loved by many people Bill ... your family, people you worked with and by all of us who knew you some 57 years ... (how could that be) ... we who have known each other that long are very fortunate indeed ...it's rare ... but surely each time we lose a friend, it takes a piece of our heart. Prayers go to your wonderful family and the friends who loved you. As I told your family ... I am just certain you are making a Great Guardian Angel for them and smiling down at all you created and loved. Rest In Peace my friend. Blessings beyond measure to all of your family.

RODNEY BENEFIELD

July 20, 2020

Glenda and family
Occasionally in life you are blessed to know a very special person who is also a privilege to call a friend, Bill was like a brother, a good man. Bill was a man not afraid to share and speak of his love for God and his love for his family. I will always be grateful for the one on one time I spent with Bill whether riding to lunch or going to the doctor or monthly meetings at Dubsdread, I think I speak for all his friends at Thursday lunch to say we will all miss him greatly. Cindy and I send our love and prayers to Glenda, Chuck and family

ROBERT CONTELLA

July 18, 2020

Bill was like a brother to me and I loved him dearly. I will miss him forever! Love, Rusty

Sam Wesr

July 18, 2020

Our prayers and thoughts are with Glenda and Bill's family! 50 plus years of friendship and he was always the best most honest friend you could ever Hope for! No one knows how much his friendship meet us! God Bless Bill Mead!

Cairn Riffe Ustler

July 18, 2020

My prayers and sympathy go out to Bill’s family. I have known Bill since the 1960’s, and considered him to be a dear friend. I last saw him at a First Tuesday meeting several years ago. We had a great visit. Lots of fun memories. Cairn Riffe Ustler

Ann Adams House

July 18, 2020

Words are hard to find at a time like this. But I want you to know how terribly sorry I am at Bill's passing.
May God bless you and your family through all this. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ann Adams House.

dennis Caddie cone

July 17, 2020

BEST WISHES PRAYERS for Healing - Comfort - Peace & Love for ALL family & friends - Being in your Dads boxing class helped lots of us = Bill was man's man who had your back - I'm forever grateful = KEEP THE FAITH :) Dennis & Laura Cone & Team PCA - RIP Bill we will live to honor your good heart and soul in Gods name....

JIM DePierro

July 17, 2020

So sorry to get this news and so sorry we didn't stay in touch. Many great times at FAU.

William Sullivan

July 17, 2020

I will miss my religious talks with ill. He said I helped him convert to Catholicism. He loved his church and the priest. Most of all I will miss his friendship. We had a lot of good moments together played and prayed hard. He had a lot of friends and will always be remembered for his boxing. We had many boxing sessions and workouts together. He was the best! Hope to see you again Bill.
Your Buddy Billy Sullivan

Jennifer Laird

July 17, 2020

Many hugs and prayers goes out to my adopted family, they accepted me and my boys as family years ago. Bill -aka- Papa has been an inspiration to my boys, he was the papa they never had. Every time he would see them he always had a heart to heart conversation and words of encouragement for them which was always appreciated. We would go out to family gatherings and I just had to sit next to Papa because he would always find a way to make me laugh. I will definitely miss him and his sense of humor. I can go on for hours on how we are so glad to have had Papa and the rest of family in our lives. Rest well Papa until we meet again. ❤️ Jennifer G.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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