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Frederick Williams

Frederick Williams

Saturday, July 13th, 1935 - Wednesday, January 6th, 2021
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Obituary

Frederick Winston ‘Win’ Williams, 85, of Naples, FL passed away on January 6, 2021 after a brief illness. Win was born in New York City on July 13, 1935. He is predeceased by his parents Donald Rowe and Elizabeth Peabody Winston Williams and grandson Christopher Williams. Win grew up in Mendham, New Jersey and spent summers in Nantucket, Massachusetts where his love of sailing was born. He graduated from Groton School in 1954 and attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

At age 11 Win dreamt of sailing around the world. He realized his dream in 1956 and set sail with captain Irving Johnson on a 100-foot Dutch pilot schooner called Yankee. On the Yankee, the brigantine Wanderer and on his own schooner, Win visited faraway places like Pitcairn, Tahiti, New Guinea, Africa, and beyond which he detailed in his new book Under a Cloud of Sails: Memoirs of a Free Spirit published in 2020.
On one of his voyages, Win married a Filipina Lana Reyes and settled in Manila, Philippines where he had four children and worked as an advertising executive.

Win was always an adventurer. He was a commercial boat captain, freelance writer and photographer, most notably for National Geographic and Sailing Magazine. He loved bird watching and devoting his time to helping recovering alcoholics. He had a contagious smile and a heart full of gratitude.

He is survived by his children Lilli, Ricky, Phil and Caroline, his brother Donald and sister-in-law Nancy Williams, his former wife Nancy “Mama Nan” Williams, his niece Merrill Williams Noble, step-niece Holly Greenaway and nephews Rowe and Brad Williams. Also by his twelve grandchildren, Penelope, Sam, Aj, Dylan, Bode, Logan, Philip Jr, Jessica, Riley, Olivia, Samantha and Sabrina and five great-grandchildren Elijah, Ulysses, Isabella, Yani and Allanna.

Win died with 44 years of continuous sobriety. Donations in his memory can be sent to the 24 Hour Club of Naples,1509 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples, FL 34109.

Celebrations of Win’s life will be held at a later date.
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Susie Stevens

Posted at 01:36pm
My sincerest prayers and condolences go out to Win's family and friends. I loved Win so much! His zest for life and for AA was always inspiring to me. I will miss him so much. The 24 hour club won’t be the same without him.
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