William L. "Bill" Tant

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William L. "Bill" Tant(aka Cap'n Scuba) of Birmingham, Ala,. and Panama City/St Andrews, passed away Aug 2nd, 2013 , at the age of 84.

He is survived by his beloved wife Eloise McMurrey Tant, his nephews Mark A. Tant and Kenneth W. Benoskie, niece Bonita Benoskie McCord, and close friend, John W. Wengel of Panama City.

Bill was one of the original diving pioneers in the early years of scuba diving and founded Southern Skin Divers Supply (Birmingham) in 1953. He was ahead of his time, promoting dive training before certification cards, selling equipment, travel, underwater adventure to the Gulf Coast and Caribbean. SSDS is celebrating its 60th year in business, the oldest scuba school in the country.

Bill and Eloise retired in the late 1980's together in Panama City. He was an ambassador for Historic St Andrews, promoting, writing, living on the marina in his landmark house where it all began, blowing his conch horn at sunset. There were so many chapters to his life, his time at Cascade Plunge, serving in the 82nd Airborne, authoring books, his devotion to Eloise. Everyone that knew him had their own story and special memories of Cap'n Scuba.

The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at Elmwood Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. at Elmwood Chapel. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery.
Published in Panama City News Herald on Aug. 4, 2013
Arrangements under the direction of:
Johns-Ridout's Mortuary-Elmwood Chapel
800 Dennison Ave Sw | Birmingham, AL 352113812 | (205) 251-7227
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