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Commander William David Escue

October 2, 1955December 30, 2020

On Wednesday, December 30th at 4:27pm, Cdr. William “Bill” Escue, USN (Ret.) passed away due to COVID. He leaves behind his wife of 39 years Lucy, his sister Sue, his children and their spouses Callie (Libby), Aimee (Rick), and Billy (Kelly) and his grandchildren Grayson, Graham, Garison, and Daisy.

Bill was born in Long Beach, California and moved around the country throughout his childhood due to his father’s career. He attended Georgia Tech on a Navy ROTC scholarship from 1973 to 1977. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, he started his career as a naval officer stationed on the USS Edward McDonnell. From there he was a NROTC instructor at Georgia Tech, stationed at Newport Rhode Island, and on the USS Vreeland. He then attended Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA where he received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Bill was then stationed at Charleston Naval Shipyard and Supship Mayport, FL. His last tour was Chief Engineer on the USS Nimitz.

After retiring as a Commander in 1996, Bill moved his family to Oklahoma. Following his naval career, he went on to receive a second master’s degree in human resources management and worked as a manufacturing executive and consultant. In 2013, Bill and his wife Lucy moved to Sewall’s Point following his parents’ deaths. His parents lived in Indialucie for 26 years and Bill had always loved the area. While living in Sewall’s Point, he spent his time volunteering with various organizations including serving as president of the Indialucie Property Owners Association.

Bill will be dearly missed. He was a fantastic husband, father, and friend. He was larger than life – incredibly smart, driven, and extremely generous. One of Bill’s friends recently summed it up perfectly stating that he was “a man among men – respected by all, feared by some, and loved by those who knew him.” Bill would do anything to help people and above all loved to make people laugh. He told the absolute best stories. He loved taking photos, collecting shells on the beach, and was an avid coin collector. Always tipping with $2 bills for good luck, Bill affectionately earned the nickname “$2 Bill” from many servers around town.

Due to the pandemic, a Celebration of Life will be held in Sewall’s Point at a date in the future. Bill will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the COVID ICU nurses and doctors at Martin Memorial Hospital who cared for Bill like he was their own family member. In lieu of flowers, please send meals or snacks to the COVID ICU at Martin Memorial Hospital (Attn: COVIDICU/6 West, 200 SE Hospital Ave, Stuart FL 34994) or to your local hospital’s COVID ICU in remembrance of Bill.

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Ken Hoover

January 19, 2021

I met Bill during his time spent with Smith Int'l in Ponca City, Okla. I recall the time were were discussing our kids and their schooling in Ponca City. I explained to Bill my Daughter had failed pottery class. Bill said, what happened, did her pot break? and then we laughed. Bill did remind me of that from time to time later and each time we laughed.

I enjoyed working with Bill and meeting his wife Lucy. Our condolences to Lucy and the whole family.

Ken and Leslie Hoover

Frank Zmorzenski

January 18, 2021

I knew Bill when he was a young, fast charging Junior Grade Lieutenant in the early stages of his naval career. He was a devoted and dependable officer with a great sense of humor who looked out for and cared for his men.

We served together during a Sixth Fleet Deployment through which Bill proved he knew how to work hard and sometimes play even harder. Even then, he was a true leader and a bonafide member of that unique class of individuals, United States Navy Destroymen.

To Lucy, I can only express my deepest regrets and condolences on your loss. To Bill, I can only say "smooth sailing and following seas". Farewell Shipmate.

Capt Frank Zmorzenski USN (Ret)
Former Commanding Officer
USS Edward McDonnell (FF-1043)

Jim and Tess Dirks

January 18, 2021

I met Bill and Lucy when they signed up to take stained glass classes at my shop. It was truly great to meet them both and I still carry one of his $2 "Bills" in my wallet as he would pay with them for materials . I would pass them on as tips as well, you'd be surprised how many people did not know they were real. I would tell them not to worry , but to look out for the$3.00 Bills. I'm sure there are more than a few people out there that still carry $2 Bill in their wallets and their memories. So sorry to hear he passed, I know he will be missed. Again our condolences to the family.

Catherine and Joe Maher

January 17, 2021

We were fortunate enough to get to know Lucy and Bill through Sewall's Point town meeting and neighborhood get-togethers. Bill was larger than life. He was not afraid to support a cause he truly believed in. He was always friendly and welcoming and enjoyed spending time with new and old friends. We looked forward to seeing Bill's famous photography in our town magazine, "Sewall's Point Living". His love of nature shown through in his amazing pictures of local scenes. Our prayers go out to Lucy and the family at this very sad time. Catherine and Joe Maher

Paul Heise

January 17, 2021

My companion Dotti and I, near neighbors of Bill and Lucy in North Sewalls Point, were heartbroken to learn today that Bill had passed away from Covid-19 on 12/30/2020. We had no idea he was ill. I moved to Sewalls Point from Annapolis, MD, in the summer of 2014, and first met Bill when he introduced himself on Ernest Lyons Bridge as I was occupied as a volunteer picking up trash. Bill said he'd been volunteering to re-seed oyster beds in the Lagoon, and offered to help me clean up the bridge on a regular basis. He did this until a health issue (not Covid) intervened. We sometimes met Bill and Lucy at political rallies in downtown Stuart, or at events at Sewalls Point Town Hall or the park across the street. He was a spectacular conversationalist. We grieve for Lucy. After cleaning up the bridge I would often drop in on Town Hall where she was volunteering to get a sip of water and shoot the breeze for a moment. We are so terribly sorry to lose such a good friend and stalwart member of our community.

Ann Dulas Arner

January 17, 2021

Alvin and I wish to express our deepest sympathy at the loss of Bill. It was our privilege to work with him and we always appreciated his love of the Navy and of the Stuart area.

Megan Peña (Connelly)

January 10, 2021

I have so many memories of “Aimee’s dad” from high school and college and any time after that our paths would cross. He was always telling stories (something Aimee does really well too) and was always making people laugh. Since Aimee was my friend, I know how close they were and the respect they had for one another. My deepest condolences go out to the whole Escue family as his loss will be felt tremendously. RIP Mr. Escue

Kay Maley

January 10, 2021

Bill was the epitome of a true gentleman: an extremely kind, considerate and caring individual. I am grateful I was able to visit with him and Lucy frequently over the past year and enjoy special times. The world lost an extraordinary person, may he be collecting and sharing special shells in the heavens.
Kay

Lucy AngeloWalker

January 9, 2021

Lucy, we are so sorry to hear about Bill. He was an exceptional person in so many ways. Peace and love to you and your family. Susan and Lucy Angelo-Walker.

Frank Fender

January 8, 2021

So sorry to hear of this loss. My love and prayers go to Lucy and the Escue family. Bill was a wonderful contributor to his community. I have been so thankful for his support of the Marathon of the Treasure Coast and other community initiatives. He is dearly missed. Much love to you all in this sad time. Bill is looking over us and offering his guidance.

FROM THE FAMILY