Dr. William Anthony Sybers, 81, of Clearwater Beach, Florida, passed away April 19, 2014 from lung cancer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Nell Sybers, of Tony, Wisconsin; his late wife, Kay Sybers, and their son, Tim Sybers, of Fort Dodge, Iowa.
He leaves behind his wife, Judy Sybers, of Clearwater Beach, Florida; his son, Dr. William A. Sybers, Jr., and wife, Patty Canonico, of Saltville, Virginia; his daughter, Jennifer McShane, and husband, Christopher, of Miami, Florida; his stepson, Brad Ray, and husband, Tim Lewis, of Americus, Georgia; his stepson, Shaun Ray, and wife, Tracie, of Odessa, Florida; six grandchildren, Cassidy, Taylor, and Dylan Ray, of Odessa, Florida; Riley McShane, of Miami, Florida, and Nicholas and Hillary Sybers, of Saltville, Virginia; his cousin, Ronald Sybers (Lyn), of Virginia Beach, Virginia; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Bruce (Martie) Cornell, of Omaha, Nebraska; Tom (Karen) Lee, of Akron; Ohio; Tom (Carol) Foy, of Stuart, Iowa; Michael (Linda) Wedekind, of New Albany, Ohio; long-time friends, Dr. Tim Smith (Mary Ann), Dr. Rush Akin, Dr. John Wambo, Stan and Charlene Timmins, all of Panama City, Florida, Tony and Joyce Holland of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and Dr. Stephen McClellan of Bill's beloved Wisconsin; several nieces and nephews, and many colleagues and friends.
Bill was born in Tony, Wisconsin, in 1932. At the age of 16, he joined the Merchant Marines. After graduating high school in 1950, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received a BS in geology. He enlisted in the Navy and became a Naval Aviator. After his discharge from the Navy, he enrolled in medical school at Marquette University, where he and Kay married and started their family. He graduated with honors, receiving his medical degree. He completed his internship in pathology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York and residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He began his pathology practice in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He later moved his family to Panama City, Florida, where he practiced both clinical and forensic pathology until his retirement in 1993. He founded Bay Pathology and served as medical examiner for the 14th circuit from 1982-1992. He was a distinguished member of the College of American Pathologists, from whom he received special recognition.
After retiring from his medical practice, he and Judy married in 1994 and traveled extensively. They lived on their sailboat for two years, cruising the Florida coast and the Caribbean islands. They were blessed to call beautiful places home – Door County, Wisconsin; Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and, finally, Clearwater Beach, Florida.
He was a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church, Clearwater Beach, Florida. He loved his family, fishing, traveling, reading, and studying nature. But his true passions were flying and sailing. He found absolute peace in the sky and on the water. His life was amazing. He never stopped learning or sharing that knowledge with his family. He celebrated his many accomplishments and endured his adversities with the same quiet humility and dignity.
After a funeral mass at St. Brendan Catholic Church, and with military honors, Bill will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. The family requests flowers be sent to St. Brendan Catholic Church or, in lieu of flowers, a contribution be made in his honor to the
Clear skies and calm seas – My Anthony is going home. He is at peace.
Published in Panama City News Herald on Apr. 22, 2014