William Kish, a longtime resident of Sanibel, passed away on Sunday, November 11 at the age of 77. Mr. Kish was the second son of the late William and Pauline (nee Daley) Kish. He was born on May 30, 1941 in Buffalo, NY.
Mr. Kish graduated from Clarkson University in 1963 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a member of the Delta Epsilon Fraternity. After graduation he went to work for Rohm & Haas Company in Philadelphia, PA where he met his wife of 50 years. He started his own Building Development Company in 1972 and spent many years living in New Jersey before retiring to Sanibel Island, FL. He enjoyed involvement in communities and organizations while serving on various boards and committees including Blair Academy, Panther Valley Ecumenical Church, Panther Valley Country Club, Clarkson Alumni Board, and was recipient of the University’s most prestigious award, the Golden Knight. He served on the Turnover Committee for the Sanctuary Golf Club and the first Board of Governors. He was an Eagle Scout and an avid golfer having two holes-in-one. Of all of his accomplishments, Mr. Kish was most proud of his family. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, known to his grandchildren as PaPa.
Mr. Kish is survived by his wife, Peggy; his son, William Kish, Jr.; two brothers, Elmer Kish, Gabe Kish; two grandchildren, Allison and William III.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 27 at 12 noon at Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sanibel Congregational Church.