Wil was born in Cliffside Park, New Jersey and passed away in Winter Park FL as a result of congestive heart failure. Wil graduated from Ft Lauderdale High and attended the University of Florida earning a Bachelor in Business in 1955. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and served in Germany with its military intelligence unit. Following service, he attended George Washington University and attained his Masters’ Degree in Hospital Administration, which was to be his career until retirement. Wil’s first position was at Daytona Beach, followed by Eustis, Louisville (KY), Fort Walton Beach and Winter Park Memorial Hospital (WPMH). Wil joined WPMH in 1978 as its President. Under his tenure WPMH created a Cancer Center and the Crosby Wellness Center that continues today. Also while President of WPMH, he was the Chairman of the Florida Hospital Association. After 14 years, he retired from WPMH and took over the Tampa Bay Hospital Association. Upon his return to Winter Park in 1998, Wil resumed his philanthropic activities for the community. Wil served on the boards of the Albin Polasek Museum, The Mayflower and the Winter Park YMCA. He was active in the local SCORE chapter and Rotary. Wil is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carol, sister Doris Goldey, brother Jim O’Malley (June), daughters Diana Beckmann (Paul) and Jennifer Orvis (Gabe) and five grandchildren - Bridget, Savannah, Lilia, Peter, and Callahan.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Wil's honor to the Albin Polasek Museum at 633 Osceola Avenue; Winter Park, FL 32789 or 407-647-6294 or online at www.polasek.org.
The memorial service will be held at 10 AM, Thursday April 7 at the Albin Polasek Museum.