William J. "Bill" Henegan

William J. "Bill" Henegan, age 78, of Fort White, FL. passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on January 14, 2013. He was the son of the late Paul and Marion Henegan of Fair Oaks, PA. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Carolyn Henegan, two children, Mark Henegan, West Palm Beach, FL, Kim Henegan Little, Fort White, FL and two grandchildren, FWC Officer Bryan Little, Miami, FL and Haleigh Henegan, Palm Coast, FL.
He was a long time resident of West Palm Beach and the founder of Henegan's Nursery.
While serving in the US Marine Corp, Bill received valuable training as a Telemetry Technician. After leaving the service he worked in the Missile industry in the Bahamas for RCA as part of the NASA early space program and worked on the original Atlas missile tracking program. He was an active member of the Pioneers Club Space Program, Cape Canaveral.
He and his wife moved to West Palm Beach in 1959. After briefly working for Pratt and Whitney, Bill, again, returned to RCA when the plant opened in 1961. He remained the head of Quality Control until the plant closed in 1971. Wishing to remain in West Palm Beach, the family scraped enough money together to purchase an existing nursery and land on Southern Blvd. Henegan's Nursery was established in 1973. It was run successfully, as a family business, for 38 years. Bill was popularly known as The Tropical Gardner on Channel 12 (WEAT now known as WPEC) providing tips and quips on the fine art of South Florida gardening.
In 1977, along with continuing to operate the nursery, Bill established Henegan's Woodshed, a business specializing in exotic lumber sales, design/build furniture and antique furniture restoration. He continued to utilize his remarkable skills as a talented craftsman throughout his life.
Bill was also an active member of the USCG Auxiliary, Flotilla 53 and taught boating safety classes and participated in Marine patrols until moving to North FL. in 2002.
In 2002, Bill retired. He and his wife relocated to Fort White. He was an active member of the Fort White Planning and Zoning Board until his death.
He enjoyed target shooting and was an active member of the NRA.
Following his wishes, he will be cremated. A memorial service was held January 18, 2013 for family and friends to share in the celebration of his life.
He was a kind, gentle man of honor, with a strong work ethic, who worked hard to provide for his family. He loved nature and all things living and always followed his heart. He will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.
For those who wish, donations may be made to the Animal Rescue League of your choice.

Published in Lake City Reporter on Jan. 23, 2013