William David Besmanoff

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William David Besmanoff, 78, of St. Augustine, died Oct. 20, 2010, at the Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring in Jacksonville. He was born in Munich, Germany, and resided in St. Augustine since 1995.

He was a professional heavyweight boxer and baker in the United States as well as in Germany. He had a total of 93 fights in his career, of which 51 were wins. Some of his opponents included Muhammad Ali, Archie Moore and Sonny Liston. He retired from boxing in 1967 and returned to his craft of baking, which he learned at a very early age in Germany. He opened several bakeries in Florida as well as in Georgia. He was a very dedicated boxer, baker and father.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday at Craig Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. David Shokes officiating.

He is survived by daughters, Barbara Rickards of St. Augustine, Thea Besmanoff of Douglasville, Ga., and Carol Butterfield, St. Augustine; sister, Thea Waringer, in Germany; and two grandchildren, Shane Braunberg and Jennifer Butterfield.

Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park is in charge of arrangements.

Published in St. Augustine Record on Oct. 26, 2010