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William Burks

August 8, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

William Burks died on July 29, 2018 in Fort Myers, Florida at the age of 91. He was born in Saltillo, Mississippi and eventually made his way to Akron, Ohio where he graduated from high school. He served in the US Marine Corps during the last months of World War II, and once stateside met Doris Uhl who became his wife and best friend for 67 years.

After the war, Bill studied for an accounting degree at the University of Akron and then earned his CPA license. He began his retail career at the M. O'Neil department store.

Bill, Doris, and family eventually moved to Rochester, NY. Bill began working for McCurdy's Department store and ultimately became President and CEO. During his thirty years in Rochester, Bill volunteered in a variety of ways. He chaired the Salvation Army Advisory Board; chaired the PBS annual auction; was a treasurer of the Third Presbyterian Church; and was a chair of the Rochester Art Museum's annual fundraiser.

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In Rochester Bill was an avid skier and sailor. One of his greatest joys was sailing and racing his boat Sea Oats with Doris, family, and loyal crew. He was a treasurer of the Rochester Yacht Club and a member of the University Club and Genesee Valley Club.

Bill and Doris retired in Sanibel, FL and enjoyed a life filled with great friends, boating, and tennis. At age 90 Bill was still joining his Dunes buddies for tennis and coffee three times per week.

Bill was a devoted and generous husband, father, and grandfather. He was predeceased by Doris (October 2017) and survived by his three children, Robin (David), Sanibel; Steve (Heidi), Grand Isle, VT; and Alyson, Scituate, MA; as well as his two granddaughters, Caitlin, New York City; and Kara, Philadelphia, PA. We admired him for his work ethic, his tenacity, and his great sense of humor.

A memorial service for Bill will be held in the fall. For those who wish, memorial contributions can be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908 or to Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957.

 
 

 

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