William Joseph Willis
January 13, 1942 – November 5, 2018
William J. Willis “Bill”, passed away peacefully at hospice in Altamonte Springs, Florida at the age of 76. Born on January 13,1942 in New Haven, Connecticut, Bill served in the U.S. Navy, he was a successful business owner, and route salesman prior to moving with his family to Florida in 1992. In Florida he was active in the community and a devoted caregiver before retiring in 2003. Bill always put family first and enjoyed cooking, old time movies, babysitting his grandchildren, and cherished his Christian faith. He lived a full life, one which positively continues to impact family and friends. He had a great sense of humor, a smile that would light up a room, and his thoughtfulness and compassion were remarkable. Philippians 2:3-4 best described Bill. He celebrated 48 years of marriage to his wonderful wife Sharon E. Willis who passed in 2014. Survivors include his son, Kevin J. Willis; daughter-in-law, Debra A. Willis; and grandchildren, Aidan J. Willis and Katelyn A. Willis all residing in Florida. Bill was the brother of Raymond Willis (deceased), and the step-brother of Bernadette Brown (deceased). Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Catherine Willis of Connecticut. Baldwin – Fairchild Oaklawn Chapel will manage arrangements and a private family memorial service will be held in Lake Mary/Sanford, Florida at a future date. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers are welcome at Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) https://standuptocancer.org and the Key Training Center http://keytrainingcenter.org/about/.
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William Joseph Willis
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November 17, 2018
My dad (Bill) passed away peacefully at hospice on Monday November 5th, 2018. He lived a full life, one which positively continues to impact family and friends. He had a great sense of humor, a smile that would light up a room, and his thoughtfulness and compassion were remarkable. He was not only my dad but my best friend and my best man at my wedding and always had my back – as shown in the picture. He was always present in conversation and in our lives. He never missed any of our birthdays, the birth of our children, holidays, games, recitals and many other special events. Even when I was a kid, he never missed a single one of my baseball games in 10 years. He was a big part of our family, and has left a strong legacy behind and today he is in Heaven with my mom. We find comfort in knowing he was a believer who we will one day be reunited with in Heaven. As the song goes, “I can only imagine…”