Age 26 Died in his St. Paul, MN home on September 12. A bright, handsome, and magnetic young man, Willie struggled gamely for six years with opioid addiction. He was living in a sober community at the time of his death. Willie is survived by his mother Daphne Geary of Sarasota, FL; his father William Sr. of Edgartown, MA; his sisters Christina of Alexandria, VA; and Natalie of Waltham, MA. A comic book enthusiast, Willie will forever be his sisters' Superman. Born in Greenwich, CT, Willie was raised in Norwalk and Wilton CT. He attended Greens Farms Academy in Westport CT, Westminster School in Simsbury CT, and Tulane University. Willie loved football, comic books, Pokémon Go, the New York Jets and the New York Rangers. He favored nice, thick steaks and Sour Patch candy. Wherever he went, Willie made legions of friends. He had a huge heart, made others laugh, and most importantly, he saw the good in everyone he met. To recognize this extraordinary, sensitive young man, and to help fight the nationwide opiate abuse epidemic, Willie's family suggests donations be made to The Retreat, 1221 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, MN 55391. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2810 Long Ridge Road, Stamford CT.
Published by Pioneer Press from Sep. 14 to Sep. 21, 2016.