William B. Fielder

William B. Fielder of Port Charlotte, Fla. passed away on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022 at the age of 81. Bill was born in Tecumseh, Mich. on July 23, 1941. He graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1959. Bill attended MSU and received his BS from Adrian College in 1965. He was a naturalist and loved fishing, cartoons, cooking and a good joke. He played several instruments during his lifetime including piano, organ, cornet, French horn and the upright bass. He was a member of several music combos, playing in the local area. 

Bill’s career path was varied. In high school, he worked for the Collins/Corkery Funeral Home, drove an ambulance and went on to become a licensed mortician. He assisted several funeral directors for many years. He was employed by the Michigan Department of Parks and Recreation and the Federal Department of the Interior for the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation. He bartended for many years at the Tecumseh Club, the VFW and other local spots. He owned his own catering business and eventually cooked the Friday night fish fry at the American Legion. Other jobs included realtor, salesman at Tecumseh Plywood, and kitchen designer for more than 15 years at Superior Kitchens, Burdick, and Chelsea Lumber. He retired from Chelsea Lumber in 2007. He was also a member of the U.S. Coast Guard for many years. 

Bill was preceded in death by his father, Cecil W. Fielder; mother, Lillian (Scott) Perso; stepfather, Ward Perso; sister, Sharon Garrett; brothers-in-law, William Garrett and David Bailey; and his infant niece, Deanna Bailey. 

He is survived by his sister, Shirley Bailey, with whom he lived for the past 15 years; brother, Richard; and sister-in-law, Brigitte. He is also survived by three nieces, one nephew and several great nieces and nephews who were all especially fond of their Uncle Bill. 

Cremation has taken place and a private celebration of life will take place at a later date.


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