William Earl Perry

September 27, 1947 ~ November 12, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old


William “Bill” Earl Perry
September 27, 1947 – November 12, 2023

William E. Perry, 76, longtime resident of Naples, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2023, at his home in Naples, FL, with his wife and youngest son and family by his side.

Born in Miami, FL, to the late William “Bill” A. and Evelyn (Potts) Perry on September 27, 1947, he was baptized at the Northeast Presbyterian Church of Maimi, FL and graduated from Miami Central High School, Class of 1967.  He was a veteran of the US Army, served as a medic in the Vietnam War, and Honorably Discharged after contracting a severe case of Hepititis.  He graduated from Lake City Community College with an A.S. Turfgrass Science Degree in 1972.  A member of the Florida Golf Course Superintendent Association, Golf Course Superintendent Association of America Class A and Florida Turfgrass Association.  Bill was married three times.  He married Linda McCraney in 1971 at the age of 24.  They had two children, Allen and Mary-Ruth.  Bill worked as a Cattle Rancher on the McCraney family farm, Live Oak, FL.  Then relocated to Ft. Myers, FL where he began his career as a Golf Course Superintendent at the Whiskey Creek Country Club, then the Mirror Lakes Country Club of Ft. Myers, FL and then the Magnollia Valley Country Club, New Port Richey, FL. He married Suzanne Cole in 1981, at the age of 34.  Together, they had one child, Keith.  Bill worked as a Golf Course Superintendent at the Golf Club of Naples and Glen Eagle Country Club of Naples, as well as owned and operated Ship Shape Marine Service of Naples and Evergreen Lawn Services of Naples.  Bill was never afraid to venture into new beginnings or shy from challenging work.  He was an “Idea Man”, putting his all into whatever next possibility lay ahead.  He coached Pop Warner for several years for teams Fleishmann Gators and Lely Seminoles which he really loved.  When the family moved to Dade City, FL in 1998, Bill took classes to earn his Class A CDL licenses, driving 18 wheelers throughout Florida for Cypress Trucking, Jacksonville, FL.  Driving long days and nights, he never complained except about people who did not know how to drive on the “big” roads.  Bill moved back to Naples in early summer of 2004.  This is where he felt was home.  It was here he met Becky (Peterson) Pent.  They struck up a friendship which quickly grew into a lasting love for one another.  They began sharing dreams and building a life together, soon buying a home in Naples.  Bill and Becky married on July 14, 2015 in a small ceremony at the Presbyterian Church of Dunnellon, Dunnellon, FL.  They spent 19 beautiful years together enjoying life to its fullest.  They shared a passion for the water, sailing often, going to the beach, enjoying landscaping their yard, traveling, watching movies and favorite TV series, and spending time with their family and friends.  Bill drove for Naples Transportation and Tours of Naples for many years, test drove vehicles for Roush of Naples, until he suffered a heart attack and had major surgery in 2017.  Still, he could not just sit back and relax.   He worked part time at the Vineyards Country Club of Naples until stricken seriously ill in January 2021.  Doctors told him his hepatitis was now Stage Four liver failure.  Bill was the type of guy who would give you the shirt off his back.  He had an enthusiastic sense of humor – always with a quick quip and a ready smile.  He had a way of telling a great story, most of which was true.  He was a friend of Bill W. for 39 years, dedicated to carrying the message to anyone who wanted it and to those who needed it the most.  Driving to the Hendry Correctional Institution every week for over ten years, he cared about every person there and not letting them down.  He helped the Work Camp Crew start the first ever AA meeting of its kind, as well as registering it with the General Service Office in New York, NY, when an inmate was released and needed help to get back on his feet.  Bill was always there, willing to do whatever he could.  Bill served on the Board of Directors at the 24-Hour Club, was instrumental in starting the first Intergroup Office of Naples, was an active member of one of the oldest AA groups of Naples, joining in 1986.  William is survived by his beloved wife, Becky, three children Allen (Jennifer) Perry of Bonita Springs, FL, Mary Williams of Gainesville, FL, Keith (Carla) Perry of Lady Lake, FL, Grandchildren William, Hannah, Michael, Justin, Cyrus, Sophia and Odette, Stepsons Jason (Kelly), Brock, Wade (Hilary) Buchert all of Russell, MN, Step-grandchildren Monica (fiancé Oliver), Holden (Rebecca) Jordyn, Corbin, Tobias, Makenzie (Jesse) Jasper, Briella, Brezlyn, Jaeryn, and Payson, one Step-great-granddaughter due in February 2024, several In-laws,and, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends, along with his dog, Max.  Bill is proceeded in death by his parents William A. and Evelyn Perry, sister Sandra Herttell, niece Amanda Herttell of Dunnellon, FL, Maternal and Paternal Grandparents, two Aunts, two Uncles, In-law Percy and Luella Peterson of Russell, MN, Sister-in-law Deanna Lange of Marshall, MN, Brother-in-laws Rodney Plants of Brewster, MN, Tom Greve, Sr. of Marshall, MN, and Randy Peterson of Iona, MN.

There will be a CELEBRATION OF BILL’S LIFE, December 2, 2023 at the 24-Hour Club of Naples, from 2:00-4:30 p.m.  The address is 1509 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34109

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