Willard Eugene Wisler (May 31, 1933 - April 04, 2011)

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Willard Eugene Wisler
  • May 31, 1933
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  • April 04, 2011

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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.

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  1. Gijs van Oort says:
    04 Feb 2012
    Carol, my belated condolences to you and your family for the loss of Will; I just read about it while scanning the internet. I hope this message still reaches you. Working for Will to build the wellness center is one of my proudest accomplishments; his leadership of successfully combined high performance standards with an atmosphere of caring and family has been an example for me in all the work I have done since. I always felt at home working with him and the great team he built.

    Kay and I are doing well in Boerne TX (outside San Antonio). Our two boys are 27 and 22 respectively and are doing well. Kay is holding down the fort as always. Please contact us in case you ever plan to head up this way.

    Looking forward to a chance to catch up,

    Kind Regards,
    Gijs van Oort

  2. Carolyn Lykins says:
    11 Apr 2011
    My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Wisler and family. I had the pleasure of working for Mr. Wisler when he was at Winter Park Hospital. He was truly a great man to work for. God bless you all.

  3. Jeanette & Franklin says:
    07 Apr 2011
    Our heartfelt condolences to Mrs, Wisler, the Orvis, O'Malley and Goldey families and our lovely neighbors the Beckmanns. After reading Mr. Wisler's obituary we understand where Diana inherited her gusto for life and desire to help those less fortunate. She adores her father and will forever be Dad's little girl.

  4. Darlene Stevenson Kerr says:
    06 Apr 2011
    Deepest regards to the family and friends. All his former class mates remember him fondly.

  5. Mary Hayes says:
    06 Apr 2011
    Sending my heart felt sympathy to Carol and family over Wil's passing. Even during the toughest times he kept his spirit and good humor. He was a Flying L through and through. He will be missed by his classmates.

    Mary & Jim Hayes

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