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Bernard William Shiell

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Bernard William Shiell

Bernard William Shiell of Venice, Florida, passed away on July 22, 2013, from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was born to the late Julia Montague Shiell and Bernard William Shiell, Sr. on April 20, 1926 in Miami, Florida.

He moved to Hollywood when he was ten. He graduated from South Broward High School and served in the United States Navy for 2 years. He was honorably discharged with a rating of Pharmacist's Mate Second Class. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bacteriology where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, president of the Inter-Fraternity Council, and a member of Florida Blue Key.

He married Betty Jo Drake in 1951. After marriage he moved to Tallahassee where he lived for fifty years. During that time he served as President of the Commonwealth Corporation, president of the Mortgage Banker's Association of Florida, and was a recipient of the Brown Whatley Award. He served as president of the Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce, and president of LeMoyne Art Foundation. He was the Owner/Operator of the Executive Suite Motel in Tallahassee, and served as president of the Hotel/Motel Association of Tallahassee. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

In 2002 he moved to Venice where he has been a member of Grace United Methodist. He also was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. For the last seven months he has enjoyed the loving and tender care of the staff of Luke Haven at Village on the Isle.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Jo; children: Elizabeth Fekkai of New York City; Sallie Hirter (Terry) of Crossville, Tennessee; Susan Mori (Eric) of Venice. Grandsons are: Daniel Hirter, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Alexander Fekkai, New York City; granddaughter Elizabeth Mori, Venice; brother Robert Shiell, Pensacola. He was predeceased by brothers, David and Daniel.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 AM in the Leonard Peale Memorial Chapel at Grace United Methodist Church. The service will be conducted by Pastor James Mitchell and Dr. William Shiell of First Baptist Church of Tallahassee.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 400 Field Avenue, Venice, FL 34285; or to Trinity United Methodist Church, 120 West Park Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32302. Farley Funeral Home in Venice, Florida is handling the arrangements. To send condolences visit

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on July 25, 2013
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