William F. Kalb, 73, of Homosassa, Fla., died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012.
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Born Dec. 12, 1938, he was known to his family and friends as "Billy," "Crab," and "Captain." Raised in Atlanta, Ga., by his parents, Howard and Kathleen Kalb, who predeceased him, Billy attended Georgia State College. He served in the U.S. Army as a paramedic during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Billy spent much of his early years operating his own scuba diving and spear fishing business, and managing Camp Caruso on the island of Tobago, in the West Indies. Continuing his love of the water, he became a certified U.S. Merchant Marine officer with master licenses for both motor and passenger carrying vessels. Billy was captain of a sports fishing boat for more than 25 years, and owned a taxidermy business for many years in Destin. Billy moved to the Winter Haven community in Homosassa, where he owned a landscaping business until his retirement in 2006. Continuing his love affair with fishing, he became the proud owner of the Joanna, a fishing boat kept on the Homosassa River. Billy's fishing knowledge was so extensive that he functioned as an official fishing guide and made fishing expeditions to South Carolina and other parts of the southeast on a regular basis. Billy was a member of the Riverhaven Club for many years.
Billy is survived by his sister, Nora Kalb Bushfield Esq., brother-in-law, John A. Bushfield, and his niece, Jolie Elise Bushfield, all of Atlanta; and numerous cousins and nieces in South Carolina, Tennessee and California. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends, loved and admired by all.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the DeKalb Service Center for the Mentally Disabled, 2660 Osborne Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30319. A celebration of life in memory of Billy will be in Atlanta, at the home of his sister from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9, 2012, and at Riverhaven Clubhouse from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 19, 2013. Any inquires about details of either celebrations and interest in accompanying Billy's ashes to their final resting place should be directed to Nora@AtlantaLaw.net. Standing by and God Bless.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Dec. 2, 2012