OBITUARY: William W. Wilcox V

May 8, 2020
By Marcy Shortuse

On April 27, 2020 William W. Wilcox V, 94, of Westwood, Mass. and formerly of Boca Grande, and devoted husband of Priscilla, his wife of 71 years, passed away.

He was born on April 24, 1926 in Middletown, Conn. to Eleanor Sanborn Wilcox and William W Wilcox IV. He attended Eaglebrook School, Phillips Andover Academy, and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1947.

He served in the Navy in World War ll from 1944-1946. On June 26, 1948 he married Priscilla Alden Trumbull in Englewood, N.J. After this they moved to West Hartford, Conn. where they began a family having three children – Ellen, Priscilla, and Wil.

He began a long banking career starting as a teller in Hartford National Bank and after 44 years in the industry ultimately retired as Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Society for Savings in 1991.

He began his lifelong love of Boca Grande as a young boy when his mother would take a train to the island with her sons for the winter. He continued to come back with his family for vacations and initially bought a home in the Boca Grande Club and ultimately built a home on Palm Avenue.

He was a member of many Clubs including the Lemon Bay Golf Club. During his time in Boca Grande he served as a member of the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, Priscilla, of 71 years. He is survived by his children: Ellen Wilcox, Priscilla Wilcox, and Wil Wilcox; and his grandchildren: Tara, James, Lindsay, and Whitney; and his great-grandchildren, Ellie, James, Cian, and Ronan.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Make-A-Wish Foundation.