William Ralph Amidon Jr.
1928 - 2020
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William Ralph Amidon, Jr., 91, passed away peacefully at home in Altamonte Springs, FL, on Friday, June 12, 2020. He was born on October 7, 1928 in Syracuse, NY. He was the son of Erna (Grieshaber) and William Ralph Amidon Sr. He grew up in Paterson, NJ, and received his B.A. from Seton Hall. Following graduation, he married Alice Catherine Kennedy in 1950. Bill entered the United States Marine Corps as a second lieutenant and served in the Korean War until 1952. He moved to Miami with his wife Alice and daughter Kathy where he began a 38 year career with Southern Bell throughout the state of Florida. He was involved in many community organizations; President of the Rotary Club of Windermere, Vice President of the Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce, General Campaign Chairman for the Heart of Florida United Way, Chairman West Orange Administration Board of Sun Trust Bank, Board Member of the Veterans Memorial Park Foundation and many other charities and committees. Bill had a quick wit, an amazing sense of humor and a warm touch with everyone he met. He was always patient, always kind and always generous. He loved being a Marine and he attended reunions at Quantico and Camp Pendleton up until his 65th reunion. He thoroughly enjoyed watching Notre Dame football, playing golf at Bay Hill, vacationing at New Smyrna Beach, and traveling across the country. He loved his Country, feeding the ducks on the lake behind his home, and taking hundreds of people to Disney. He was strong and steadfast in his Catholic faith. His favorite expressions were "You could be right" and "Count the stripes." More than anything, he loved his family. He taught his children to be kind, patient, honest, respectful, faithful, and to love unconditionally. One of his greatest joys was being with his adoring grandchildren and great granddaughters. He is survived by his loving wife Alice, children - Kathleen MacGregor (Scott), Marilyn Lowry (Ron), William Amidon III, Alan Amidon (Valerie), grandchildren - Lauren Santucci Norton (Mike), Scott C. MacGregor (Jessica), Ryan P. MacGregor (Jessica Dunbar), Alan P. Amidon, (and by marriage) Jenn Cathcart (Scott), Scott Lowry (Bree), Alexa Spears, and great granddaughters - Avery Faith, Delia Alice, (and by marriage) Lowry Ann and Peyton, and his cousin - Ted Grieshaber. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 1:00pm on Friday, June 19 at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 861 Maitland Ave, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. Due to the COVID-19 concerns, a private funeral was held for family members followed by a celebration of his life at Interlachen Country Club. As a proud Marine, he will be laid to rest on Monday, June 22nd at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made to Vitas Healthcare of Maitland, 2201 Lucien Way, Suite 100, Maitland, FL 32751 or Bishop Moore Catholic High School, 3901 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL 32804. The family would like to express a special appreciation to the following people who took exceptional care of Bill: the Vitas team - Dr. Rudez, Vickie, Rena, Angela, Joe, and Karen, the VA Purple Team at Lake Baldwin, and Bill's dedicated caregivers - Jacky, Arlene, and Ruthie & her lovely team.

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Published in Orlando Sentinel from Jun. 18 to Jun. 21, 2020.
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June 24, 2020
Dear Alice and family, Rich and I were saddened to hear of Bills passing. We will hold our memories of the good ole days, trip to London and many laughs throughout our years in politics close. All our love and prayers. Rich and Pam Crotty
Rich and Pam Crotty
Friend
June 22, 2020
Bill was a friend of my father, "Uncle" Walt Sickles, a local television personality. The two served as members of the Board of Directors for the Boy's Club of Orlando (now the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida). Together they produced, directed and played on camera roles in a movie called, "What is a Boy". A promotional film to encourage more membership in the growing Boys Club or Orlando. I continued my Dad's friendship with Bill at the Citrus Club and I too worked and retired from BellSouth/AT&T. Bill was a great personality and everyone he met was impressed by his passion for people and family. He left a tremendous legacy, and Alice, if you read this, know that we are remembering your husband of so many years and send our love and best wishes to you. Alice and my wife served together as members and leaders of the Florida House. Rick and Rebecca Sickles
Rick and Rebecca Sickles
Friend
June 21, 2020
Dear Alice and family,
Art and I were so sorry to hear about Bill. Our wish for you is to always remember the good and fun memories you had together. We will keep you all in our prayers.
Art and Frances Dasher
Frances Dasher
Friend
June 21, 2020
Marilyn,
I hope you all are awash in the warm memories of your father who was one of the quintessential gentleman leaders In this town. He was gracious and clearly loved by many. My wishes to you and your family,
Dori Igou Madison
Dori Madison
Friend
June 19, 2020


The U.S. Marines, Navy Fleet Marine Force Corpsmen, FMF Chaplains, and Associate Members of the E. T Brisson Detachment #063 of the Marine Corps League in Naples, Florida, hereby salute and recognize William Ralph Amidon, Jr. for serving God and his country by becoming a United States Marine. We honor his memory and valiant service to our Corps and our great Nation. Please accept our heartfelt sentiments as a token of our esteem and admiration of his LEsprit du Corps. Semper Fidelis.

Jack Fulmer (Adjutant Marine Corps League Naples, Florida)
Served In Military Together
June 19, 2020
Years ago I worked in Bills Southern Bell operations. He was a fine person and I am sorry for your earthly loss. God Bless you as you remember him and live your lives as he would want.
Sincerely,
Julie Dulaney
Director Small Business Florida- BellSouth AT&T (Retired)
Julie Dulaney
Coworker
June 18, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Always enjoyed visiting Mr. Amidon when I would come to Orlando with Bill. He had a great sense of humor and was always a gracious host.
Chuck Lewis
Friend
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