Bill Schilling, lovingly known as the “Mayor”, passed away at the age of 78 on August 23rd. He was at his home in The Villages, Florida with family by his side. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 42 years, Susan, just this past January.Bill was born in Bridgeport Connecticut to William Charles Schilling and Amelia Wright Schilling. A life long resident of Connecticut he was raised in Bridgeport, lived in Danbury, Brookfield, and Southbury before retiring to The Villages.He graduated from Warren Harding High School, attended the University of Connecticut and the University of Bridgeport. He proudly served in the US Air Force Reserves from 1959-1965 as a member of the 9104th Recovery Squadron. He worked for Perkin Elmer Corporation from 1959 until he retired in 1999. During his time at Perkin Elmer he was most proud of his role in the Hubble Space Telescope project.Bill had a life long interest in aviation, space technology, and anything to do with NASA. He loved to travel both in and outside the States. He was “Mr. Handyman”, always able to repair and build just about anything, and always willing to share those talents by lending a helping hand to neighbors. He loved living and boating on Candlewood Lake with Susan and their beloved dog, Sara. Bill’s ultimate passion was golf. He loved to be on the course with his buddies and cruise around in his golf cart with his grandchildren.
Bill is survived by his loving children, their spouses/partner, and grandchildren; Kevin and Chris Schilling, Camryn and Nicholas; Wendy and Kevin Werle, Meaghan, Jessica, Patrick, and Kate; Lynn and Mark Sweeney, Andrew, Matthew, and Luke; Erik Moltzan and Robert Lee. He is also survived by his brother Donald Schilling and wife Betty and several nephews and nieces.The family would like to thank the many members of his Villa Berea family for all the love and support. A special thank you to his dearest friend Harry Lee. The family would also like to acknowledge the tremendous care he received from many caregivers, especially Shawn Cotten, and those with Comfort Keepers and Cornerstone Hospice.A private celebration of life will be held at a later date in Connecticut.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Cornerstone Hospice of Lake County Florida.