Roland 'Rollie' Walcott, 70, passed away peacefully at home on May 1, 2014 from bile duct cancer. Rollie was born on April 1, 1944 in Grand Rapids, MI to Roland and Vernah Walcott.
Rollie graduated from Kelloggsville High School in Grand Rapids and played varsity football, basketball and baseball. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1967 and was a pitcher on the Michigan State varsity baseball team. After a brief career teaching and coaching, Rollie went on to build a very successful career in commercial and residential real estate. His sport of choice after college was golf. He was a member of the Royal Fox Country club in St. Charles, IL, where he was Club Champion and Senior Club Champion many times.
He and his wife Pat retired to Naples in 1999 and were members of the Pelican Marsh Golf Club in Naples and the LaPlaya Club in Naples. Rollie was also Club Champion and Match Play Champion at Pelican Marsh Golf Club numerous times over the last 20 years.
Rollie was predeceased by his father, Roland; his sister-in-law; Ann, his daughter-in-law, Sonja; and his brother-in-law, Harvey Meyer.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Pat; his mother, Vernah; and brother, Dan from Gaylord, MI; and his sister, Valerie Meyer from Corona, CA. He is also survived by his son, Tobin and wife, Lynda of Naples; granddaughters, Devin and Haley Schaekel; and his daughter, Angela Wynn and husband, Jason; granddaughter, Olivia; and grandson, Parker from Flint, MI. He also leaves his brothers-in-law and sistersin-law, Drs. Chuck and Liz Orsay from Wisconsin and Naples, Dr. Paul Orsay and Virginia Ives from Tigard, OR; and numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be a Celebration of Life at the LaPlaya Golf Club on Wednesday, May 7th from 5:00 to 7:00. Golf attire is appropriate.
Donations may be made to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, Vitas Hospice in Naples, FL, or the Wounded Warriors Project.
The family wants to express their thanks for the care he received from Dr. Malafa at Moffitt Cancer Center, Dr. Morris at Florida Cancer Specialists, the NCH radiology staff and to his Vitas Hospice team.
Beachwood Cremation Society is handling the arrangements and there will be on-line condolences at www.BeachwoodSociety.c om.