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In loving memory of
George William “Bill” Way Jr.
  • January 08, 1938
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  • December 14, 2020

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George William “Bill” Way, Jr., passed away at his home in Fort Myers, Florida, on December 14, 2020, at the age of 82. Above all else, Bill treasured his beloved wife of 54 years, Claudette, and time with his family. He was a father of seven, a grandfather of 12, and great-grandfather of five.

Growing up in Excelsior, Minnesota, Bill worked every summer at his cousins’ “Leach’s Resort” on Lake Minnewashta. He graduated from Minnetonka High School (`56), received his BA in Economics and Mathematics from Hamline University (`60), St. Paul, MN, and MA in Economics from University of Minnesota (`63), Twin Cities. He served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve from 1961-1966. Working in the computer industry, from sales to management to business owner, his career led him and his family to reside in a multitude of states and travel to many countries overseas.

Throughout the years, Bill was an active member of the United Methodist Church. Some of Bill’s favorite pastimes included trips to the beach with family (sandcastle builder extraordinaire), swimming, gardening, walking his dog Bentley, euchre, puzzles, and being a good friend and neighbor. He made sure Claudette was never without fresh flowers and danced with her whenever he could. Celebrating Christmas, complete with carols, was always one of his most cherished times.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, George W. Way, Sr.; his mother, Veva (Leach); and his sisters, June Searles and Gladys Zakariasen, all of Excelsior, MN. He is survived by his wife, Claudette (Roy); his three sons, James Daly of Chicago, IL; Matthew Way of Glen Burnie, MD; Padraic (Jane) Way of Fort Myers; his four daughters, Katherine (Aharon) Boghosian of Hanover, NH; Jennifer (Mark) Wiley of Baltimore, OH; Colleen Way of Dublin, OH; Antoinette (Michael) Mussay of Grayslake, IL; Donna Daly of Chicago; 12 grandchildren, Monique, Jonathan, Michael, Adam, Rachel, Veronica, Cameron, Madeline, Nolan, Shane, Anthony, and Lindsay; and five great-grandchildren.

Kind to all, Bill will be greatly missed and always loved.

He will be laid to rest in Sarasota National Cemetery. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a charity of your choice in honor of George W. Way, Jr.


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  1. 09 Jan 2021
    Claudette Way says:
    Bill, thinking of you today on your birthday. We sure miss you and love you very much. ❤️
    -Claudette and family

  2. 06 Jan 2021
    Matthew Way posted an image:
    Dad and Matt take a walk together.
    Dad and Matt take a walk together.

  3. 27 Dec 2020
    Colleen Way posted an image:
    Dad and Mom - Vote 2020 ❤️
    Dad and Mom - Vote 2020 ❤️

  4. 25 Dec 2020
    Matthew Way says:
    Merry Christmas Pop! We sure miss you today.

  5. 19 Dec 2020
    Veronica Mussay lit a candle:
    Lit since December 19, 2020 at 12:03:46 PM

  6. 19 Dec 2020
    Padraic & Jane Way posted an image:
    Cherished memories of Dad's love for Christmas!
    Cherished memories of Dad's love for Christmas!

  7. 19 Dec 2020
    Padraic Way lit a candle:
    Lit since December 19, 2020 at 12:39:48 PM

  8. 19 Dec 2020
    Jane Way lit a candle:
    Lit since December 19, 2020 at 12:38:57 PM

  9. 19 Dec 2020
    P & J WAY posted an image:
    Family
    Family

  10. 19 Dec 2020
    P & J WAY posted an image:
    True love!
    True love!

  11. 19 Dec 2020
    P & J WAY posted an image:
    Bill - Enfield, NH 2000
    Bill - Enfield, NH 2000

  12. 19 Dec 2020
    Antoinette Mussay posted an image:
    Swimming with Dad. Worthington, Ohio
    Swimming with Dad. Worthington, Ohio

  13. 18 Dec 2020
    Mussay grandkids posted an image:
    Florida dun!!
    Florida dun!!

  14. 18 Dec 2020
    Claudette posted an image:
    Senior year at Minnetonka High School, 1956.
    Senior year at Minnetonka High School, 1956.

  15. 18 Dec 2020
    The Fitzgerald Family lit a candle:
    Lit since December 18, 2020 at 12:48:09 PM

  16. 18 Dec 2020
    Colleen Way says:
    Dad, my mind still talks to you. My heart still looks for you. My soul knows you are at peace. I love and miss you so much. ❤️-Colleen

  17. 18 Dec 2020
    Monique says:
    Heaven gained an amazing angel on Monday. My grandfather was the kindest man with the purest of hearts. He loved his family fiercely and showed it in everything he did. I feel so blessed to have been able to spend the last 4 months at his side taking care of him day in and day out. He let me know everyday how much he appreciated me and continually told me how lucky he felt to have me here helping him, little did he know that I was lucky one! I have grown so close to him and my grandmother over these last few months and can not begin to express how grateful I am to have had that time with him. I learned things about my grandpa that I never knew and it made me feel even more proud to be his granddaughter. I will forever cherish the time that I had with him. I will miss his stories, his laughter, and the love that he had for all of us every day. I got to witness the most true and purest of love between him and grandmother that I have ever seen
    My sweet grandfather took a piece of my heart with him and I feel a bit lost without him here. I miss him so much that my heart aches but at the same time he is no longer suffering and that brings me some peace. I love you so much grandpa and I will keep the promises that I made to you ❤❤ ❤

  18. 18 Dec 2020
    Wendy Richardson lit a candle:
    Lit since December 18, 2020 at 12:34:31 PM

  19. 18 Dec 2020
    Matt Hall posted an image:
    Matt Hall visits Ft Myers
    Matt Hall visits Ft Myers

  20. 18 Dec 2020
    Matthew Way posted an image:
    Bill and Claudette ️
    Bill and Claudette ️

  21. 18 Dec 2020
    Claudette Way posted an image:
    Precious family ️❤️
    Precious family ️❤️

  22. 18 Dec 2020
    Donna Daly posted an image:
    Dad and Jim cleaning fish after a good day of fishing on the lake in Minnesota.
    Dad and Jim cleaning fish after a good day of fishing on the lake in Minnesota.

  23. 18 Dec 2020
    Donna Daly posted an image:
    Dad enjoying some grandkids.
    Dad enjoying some grandkids.

  24. 18 Dec 2020
    Colleen Way posted an image:
    Mom's surprise birthday celebration in Chicago, IL ❤️
    Mom's surprise birthday celebration in Chicago, IL ❤️

  25. 18 Dec 2020
    Antoinette Mussay posted an image:
    The Family circa early ‘70s.
    The Family circa early ‘70s.

  26. 18 Dec 2020
    Colleen Way posted an image:
    "Home for the Holidays" published in Between the Palms, February 2013.
    "Home for the Holidays" published in Between the Palms, February 2013.

  27. 18 Dec 2020
    Monique Evans posted an image:
    My handsome Grandpa conquering the puzzle ❤️
    My handsome Grandpa conquering the puzzle ❤️

  28. 18 Dec 2020
    Mussay Family posted an image:
    Disney World 2011
    Disney World 2011

  29. 18 Dec 2020
    John lit a candle:
    Lit since December 18, 2020 at 12:09:47 PM

  30. 18 Dec 2020
    John lit a candle:
    Lit since December 18, 2020 at 12:08:22 PM

  31. 18 Dec 2020
    Aharon Boghosian lit a candle:
    Lit since December 18, 2020 at 12:00:14 AM

  32. 18 Dec 2020
    Aharon Boghosian lit a candle:
    Lit since December 18, 2020 at 12:59:31 AM

  33. 18 Dec 2020
    Aharon Boghosian lit a candle:
    Lit since December 18, 2020 at 12:58:46 AM

  34. 18 Dec 2020
    Mussay Family posted an image:
    Florida Everglades with grandkids.
    Florida Everglades with grandkids.

  35. 18 Dec 2020
    Family posted an image:
    Summers at Lake Mascoma, NH
    Summers at Lake Mascoma, NH

  36. 18 Dec 2020
    Jim Daly lit a candle:
    Lit since December 18, 2020 at 12:00:26 AM

  37. 17 Dec 2020
    Katherine Boghosian posted an image:
    Grandpa with Rachel at Heritage Palms, 2004
    Grandpa with Rachel at Heritage Palms, 2004

  38. 17 Dec 2020
    Colleen Way posted an image:
    Family ❤️❤️
    Family ❤️❤️

  39. 17 Dec 2020
    Donna Daly posted an image:
    Dad and his grandson Michael steering the pontoon boat on the lake in Minnesota. We spent many a weeks up there enjoying the lake while Michael was growing up.
    Dad and his grandson Michael steering the pontoon boat on the lake in Minnesota. We spent many a weeks up there enjoying the lake while Michael was growing up.

  40. 17 Dec 2020
    John Lacey lit a candle:
    Lit since December 17, 2020 at 12:24:39 PM

  41. 17 Dec 2020
    Katherine Boghosian posted an image:
    One of dad's sandcastle masterpieces - with the grandkids at Mascoma Lake.
    One of dad's sandcastle masterpieces - with the grandkids at Mascoma Lake.

  42. 17 Dec 2020
    Antoinette Mussay posted an image:
    Dad and Antoinette at the beach. He always loved the beach.
    Dad and Antoinette at the beach. He always loved the beach.

  43. 17 Dec 2020
    Adam Boghosian lit a candle:
    Lit since December 17, 2020 at 12:45:31 PM

  44. 17 Dec 2020
    Ella Boghosian lit a candle:
    Lit since December 17, 2020 at 12:44:40 PM

  45. 17 Dec 2020
    Morgan Boghosian lit a candle:
    Lit since December 17, 2020 at 12:43:26 PM

  46. 17 Dec 2020
    Rachel Boghosian lit a candle:
    Lit since December 17, 2020 at 12:42:12 PM

  47. 17 Dec 2020
    Michael Mussay lit a candle:
    Lit since December 17, 2020 at 12:41:01 PM

  48. 17 Dec 2020
    Michael Mussay posted an image:
    Dad
    Dad

  49. 17 Dec 2020
    Madeline Mussay posted an image:


  50. 17 Dec 2020
    Katherine Boghosian lit a candle:
    Lit since December 17, 2020 at 12:38:59 PM

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