William John “Bill” Winterbottom, 84, of Satsuma, passed from this life on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka following an extended illness. He was a native of Hackensack, NJ and had lived in Putnam County since 2004 coming from Mims, FL.
After retiring from his job at Cape Kennedy, Bill was able to do all the things he loved best. Bill loved all things outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and spent many hours on his boat or in his tree stand. The trophies of his labor and patience are hanging on the wall of their home. He always had a garden, and we were able to enjoy whatever he chose to grow each year. Bill never took anything to get it "fixed", because he was so knowledgeable in so many areas - maintaining cars, doing electrical work, rebuilding the walls of their camper and his boat, etc. If he wasn't outdoors, he was in his shed or home "office" tinkering. He had such a steady hand and could paint beautifully. Bill made fishing lures, decorative wooden bird houses, Christmas ornaments, glued things that had broken into many pieces back together making it look brand new. Oh, and he was a wonderful cook! Definitely a man of many talents.
But his real passion in life was travelling. At least once each year, he and his wife, Ann, would pack up their camper, load up their motorcycle and head out for exploring new adventures. Tagging alongside was Bubbie, Bill’s spoiled cockatiel who went with them on every trip. They travelled all over the US and ventured into Canada. Their trip to Alaska was probably their most memorable. They have albums commemorating all of the beautiful places they visited over the past 25 years.
But mostly, Bill loved his family and his church, The First Presbyterian Church of Palatka, where he was a member.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Ann Winterbottom.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Ann Winterbottom, stepchildren, James Hambey, Sharon Hambey, John Hambey and Deonne Swanson (Alan), sister, Carole Boiselle, 3 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, one niece and one nephew.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Bill’s Book of Memories page at www.johnsonoverturffunerals.com .
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.