OBITUARY

William Joseph Bessemer

July 22, 1919April 22, 2010

William Joseph Bessemer, 90, passed away on April 22, 2010 at his residence in Stuart, FL.

William was born in Cayuga Falls, Ohio and moved to FL 70 years ago coming from Ohio.

Prior to retirement he was the co-owner of B & A Flea Market for 38 years in Stuart, FL.

He served in the Navy during WWII; he was a member of the Church of Christ in Stuart and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Jensen Beach, FL, a member of Masonic Acalia Lodge #163 in Stuart and past president of the Treasure Coast Builders Association. He also was owner of Bandy Light Weight Roofing and had built many businesses such as Martin Memorial Hospital, Martin County Fairgrounds, The Outrigger Restaurant, Stuart Middle School, Martin County Courthouse, Martin County High School and many Stuart and Jensen Beach Residences. He donated the property for the Stuart, YMCA. He owned Barrel Road Storage in Fort Pierce, Fl. He was also a builder in the Bahamas.

He was an avid fisherman, diver and mango connoisseur.

Survivors include his wife, of 69 years, E. Maxine Bessemer of Stuart, FL; son, William Kim Bessemer and his wife, Florence of Port St. Lucie; daughter, Tami Kirkbride of Jensen Beach, FL; brother, James Bessemer of Stuart, FL; sister, Florence Ritter of Akron, Ohio; two grandsons, Robert William Kirkbride and Casey Kent Kirkbride both of Jensen Beach, FL; and a granddaughter, Michelle Jeanine Bessemer of Port St. Lucie, FL.

He was pre deceased by his brother, Edward Bessemer.

Visitation will be on Sunday, April 25, from 6:30 to 8:30PM, at Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach, FL, with a private burial on Monday, April 26 at All Saints Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, April 26 at 6:00PM at Church of Christ in Stuart, FL.

In lieu of flowers family has requested donations be made to the Church of Christ, “Youth Program” 500 SE Palm Beach Road, Stuart, FL, 34994.

Arrangements entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach, FL.

You may offer condolences at www.aycockjensenbeach.com.

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, April 26, 2010
  • Visitation Sunday, April 25, 2010
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May 9, 2010

We enjoyed Bill's company very much during our visits to Marathon many years ago. We're sorry and he will be missed. Bob and Lisa McRoberts Bend,OR

RJ Bessemer

May 4, 2010

Aunt Max, Kim, Tammy I have the fondest memories over the years of Uncle Bill from fishing on the dock in Marathon to riding on the T craft I loved him dearly and he is missed Mom emailed me of his passing and it hit me like a rock I'm sorry I could not be present for his funeral and memorial due to my deployment overseas. I love you all and you are in my thoughts and prayers I will be home in Oct I will call or visit.
Love RJ
PSA Singapore

April 30, 2010

Dear Max, Tammi & Kim: I just got word of your loss. I am so sorry. Mr. B was one of the greatest people I have ever met. I truly loved my "boss". I will keep you all in my prayers.
Joan Norton
(ex-bookkeeper for B&A)

April 26, 2010

We are so incredibly saddened by the loss of "Mr. B". As a vendor of the flea market for 15 years, Mr. B has always been a welcome fixture who was so kind and personable. He never went by our booth without stopping to chat with us. He will be sorely missed.

With Deepest Condolences,
Lisa and Ivan Leung

April 25, 2010

Aunt Maxine & family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Bill will be sadly missed. God Bless you all.
Jimmy & Margie

Jimmy & Margie Ritter

April 25, 2010

Jimmy & Margie Ritter

April 25, 2010

Jimmy & Margie Ritter

April 25, 2010

Jimmy & Margie Ritter

April 25, 2010

Jimmy & Margie Ritter

April 25, 2010