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William Paul Day, 66

Dec. 7, 2014

William Paul Day, 66, suc­cumbed to his ill­ness and passed away Dec. 7, 2014, at Tidewell Hos­pice, Port Char­lotte, Fla.

Bill, as he was fondly known, was born to the late Clay­ton and Doris Day, June 12, 1948, at the 98th Gen­eral Army Hos­pi­tal in Munich, Ger­many. Bill grad­u­ated from For­est Hills High School in West Palm Beach, Fla., obtained his BA from Saint Leo Col­lege, Saint Leo, Fla., and his MA in Admin­is­tra­tion from Cen­tral Michi­gan Uni­ver­sity, Mount Pleas­ant, Mich.

Bill was a cap­tain in the U.S. Air Force (ret.) and a dec­o­rated Viet­nam Vet­eran.  He was a com­puter pro­gram­mer who also loved phys­i­cal exer­cise. In his younger years he was a triath­lete who did sev­eral cen­tury bike rides. Even late into his life, Bill rode his bike upwards of 20 miles a day. He will be remem­bered as healthy, active, and strong by his friends and family.

Bill was an out­go­ing, fun-loving per­son who was often the life and cen­ter of the party. He could tell a joke or a funny story like no one else. Bill retired early and spent sev­eral years trav­el­ing the globe on many a cruise. He enjoyed his life to the fullest.

Bill is sur­vived by and will be greatly missed by his wife, Mary, his chil­dren, Adri­anne and James, and his sib­lings, Judith, Joseph, and Bonnie.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily requests that dona­tions be made in Bill’s honor to the mil­i­tary or veteran’s orga­ni­za­tion of your choice.

Bill will be laid to rest at the Sara­sota National VA Ceme­tery at 1 p.m. Fri­day, Jan. 9.

Engle­wood Com­mu­nity Funeral Home with Pri­vate Cre­ma­tory has been selected to han­dle arrange­ments.  You may share a mem­ory with the Day fam­ily at www.englewoodfh.com