William Frederick Gutelius

May 13, 1931November 10, 2020

William “Bill” Gutelius (89) of Saint Simons Island passed away on Tuesday November 10th, 2020 at his home. Bill was born on May 13, 1931 in Montreal, Canada. He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Katherine “Kitty” Kennedy Gutelius, and his parents, Gertrude Regina and Nelson Edward Gutelius. He is survived by William “Bill” Gutelius Jr. (Alexandra), Patrick Gutelius (Tracey), Peter Gutelius (Cari), Missy Gutelius, Michael Gutelius (Kimberly), Charlie Horman (Allen), Bizzy Podlesny (Robert “Ike”), and Thomas “Tom” Gutelius, (Megan Gutelius, Kim Garcia), Helen Gutelius, Anne Gutelius, William Gutelius, Preston Gutelius, Katherine Gutelius, Emily Gutelius, David Gutelius, Matthew Gutelius, Kevin Gutelius, Morgan Gutelius, Sedona Benjamin, Michael Benjamin, Jared Benjamin, Michael Gutelius, Samuel Gutelius, Mary Gutelius, Reghan Horman, Carter Horman, Tate Horman, Jack Podlesny, Charley May Podlesny, Ivy Gutelius, Taylor Gutelius, Hunter Gutelius. He was also a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews in the United States and Canada. Bill grew up in Montreal and Toronto, Canada. He attended St Leo’s Academy and Loyola College, and graduated from McGill University with a BSc in Mathematics. He retired from the US Postal service, but also held positions at Shell Oil, and A.T. Kearney; as well as several years as part owner of the sporting goods retail store The Bedford Sportsman.

Bill and Kitty retired to Saint Simons Island, Georgia in 1995, following 32 years raising their family in Bedford, NY. After moving to Saint Simons Island, Bill spent time as a realtor with Parker Kaufman, a volunteer for the East Beach turtle nesting watch. He served as a lector at St. William Catholic Church and a volunteer for St. Vincent dePaul and Hospice of the Golden Isles. In his later years, Bill enjoyed several pilgrimages to Medjugorje. He fostered family relationships through annual summer vacations to Bald Head Island, North Carolina and loved to watch his grandchildren form lifelong friendships with each other. A funeral mass will be held at 10am on November 23rd at Saint William Catholic Church with Monsignor Schreck as the celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint William Catholic Church, 2300 Frederica Rd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522. Our heartfelt thanks to James Austell for the loving care he gave.



  • Memorial Funeral Mass

    Monday, November 23, 2020

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Marie Sawyer

November 25, 2020

We were members of the same exercise class at First Baptist Church. He was such a personable guy, very nice. He came to class many times, I am sure, not feeling all that great, but he was there. Such an example of perseverance. My prayers are with the family and friends.

Jill Teter

November 13, 2020

Eternal rest for your wonderful father who was a dear friend from church and from many times I would chat with him when he was walking his dog on the beach. He was so very proud of you all. He will be missed but never forgotten.

Loudly Lovingly

November 12, 2020

Rooney! Where did you put the large pot?!?!


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