William S. Reese (1949 - 2018)

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REESE, WILLIAM S. May 24, 1949 - July 10, 2018 The world just became a little less smart, a little less bright and a whole lot less fun with the passing of prominent Coral Gables attorney William S. Reese, Esq., founding partner of Lane, Reese, & Summers, P.A. His laughter was infectious, his work ethic beyond reproach and his cheerful disposition so very rare. "If anyone can convince me I'll feel better being in a bad mood, I'll try it," was the motto he lived by. Born in West Virginia on May 24, 1949, Bill moved with his parents to Coral Gables where he grew up and later attended Duke University, graduating cum laude in 1971 and still later graduating with his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Florida in 1974. Regarded by his peers as one of the top trial lawyers in Florida, Bill was named by 'Florida Trend' as among the Florida Legal Elite and one of Florida's Super Lawyers. One of his most high-profile cases was covered by ABC's 20/20 and televised on Court TV. He was national counsel for the Boy Scouts of America and had a host of notable clients. Bill was also a member and served in leadership roles in the American Bar Association, Dade County Bar Association, and holds the AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability. Outside of the law, Bill was named one of the 12 Good Men from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida. Bill supported a variety of organizations including the American Red Cross, Chapman Partnership for the Homeless, and Young Patronesses of the Opera. Bill met the love of his life, Barbara, on a blind date set up by their parents. He convinced her to marry him on November 5, 1977. Together they discoed their way from here to Italy's Amalfi Coast making dance floors everywhere shutter at thought of their arrival. Another love was golf, and he loved playing with his foursome he affectionately named "The Blazer Boys." Aside from being a member of Riviera Country Club, he also belonged to Cotillion Club, International Wine and Food Society, Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, and Benedicts. Rounding out Bill's life came in a couple of special packages: Michele and Marguerite; two incredible daughters that have only brought joy and pride to this remarkable man. He was their rock and was generous to a fault with not only his family but everyone around him. His aura shown bright and once in a room the place would light up without flipping a switch. Bill loved to laugh, live and enjoy everything about life. He fought the good fight against his cancer for three years and never once complained. He lived well and he lived right. William S. Reese is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Barbara, daughter Michele Reese, her fiance Christopher Granger, daughter Marguerite Reese, her fiance Brendan Clifford, brother Stuart Reese, sister-in-law Robin Reese, nephew and godson Adam Reese, niece and goddaughter Aden Reese, nephew John Reese, niece Riane Reese, sister-in-law Mary Christine Walker and brother-in-law Michael Walker, and nephew and godson Adam Walker. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the . A wake will be held Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the Van Orsdel Funeral Chapel in Coral Gables. The funeral will be held Monday, July 16, 2018 at 1 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5690 N. Kendall Drive.
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Published in the Miami Herald on July 13, 2018
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