William Gardiner Webster
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Our loving husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully on August 12, 2013. Bill was born in Cleveland, Ohio, grew up in Shaker Heights, attended University school, and was in the United States Navy from 1945-46. He graduated with honors from Princeton University with a BS degree in mechanical engineering. He married Pat Allen while still in college. They have two children, Bill Webster, Jr. and Julie Webster Haynes. Bill joined Parker Hannifin Corp. in 1952 where he worked primarily with hydraulic and fuel systems for gas turbine engines. He was transferred to Los Angeles in 1965 to the position of vice president of Parker's Aerospace Group. In 1981 he was appointed president of Parker's Biomedical Group. He worked for Parker for 40 years prior to his retirement in 1991. Bill had a lifelong interest in music, leading bands in high school and college. He continued his musical career in Palos Verdes Estates by forming a close harmony vocal group, "The Generation Gap". After a move to Laguna Niguel in 1976, he formed another swing vocal group, "The Close Encounter". Bill and Pat moved to The Big Island of Hawaii after retirement. Bill wrote for and played in The Olliephonic Horns, a big band of note in the islands. Pat and Bill returned to Palos Verdes in 1999 and lived at the Palos Verdes Bay Club where Bill played saxophone, clarinet and arranged music for the South Bay Jazz Band. He is survived by Pat, his wife of 65 years; his son Bill Jr. and his wife Mary Lynn; his daughter Julie and her husband Dick Haynes; and five grandsons, Billy Webster III, Richard Haynes, Danny Webster, Eric Haynes and Tommy Webster. A "Celebration of Life Memorial" will be held at the Palos Verdes Bay Club on Friday, August 23 at 1:00 p.m. Please sign the guestbook
Published in Daily Breeze on Aug. 20, 2013