William George Supplee
Captain William “Capt Bill” George Supplee, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away November 9, 2020, at the age of 61.
He was born November 22, 1958, to father William George Supplee and mother Margaret Schmidt in Philadelphia.
At the age of 12, Capt. Bill moved from Philadelphia area to South Florida’s Everglades, where he began to obtain his intense knowledge of fishing and nautical experience. Throughout his youth, Capt. Bill enjoyed studying the different types of fish and their habitats, mating on charter boats and working on commercial fishing and tug boats, which would lead into his career of being one of the most experienced, knowledgeable and longest running charter boat captains in Northeast Florida.
In the late 1970s to early 1980s, he obtained his Six-pack captains license, and shortly thereafter achieved his 100-ton master captain’s license. Throughout the years, Capt. Bill settled in the town of Fernandina Beach, where he owned and operated his 40-year charter boat business, Fishtown Charters, as well as captained several large vessels throughout the United States.
He had an intense love for the water and knowledge that every up and coming captain admired. He would offer his advice, loved telling stories of his youth and past experiences and never hesitated to help anyone in need. He enjoyed studying different shipwrecks throughout the United States and Caribbean islands and would keep track of their coordinates.
Capt. Bill fully enjoyed taking families out fishing. He loved being part of the memories made and seeing the smiles and excitement of children as they hooked their first big fish. He would make them laugh by telling his infamous jokes, made them kiss their first fish and even allowed them to steer the boat.
Survivors include his daughter, Natalie Hart (Jeff); sisters, Suzanne Bryant, Christina Price (Steven), Irene Laughlin (Gary) and Teresa Neill (Albert); brother, Steven Bradford Supplee (Claudia); stepmother, Sandra Supplee; stepsisters, Shannon Johns (Timothy) and Tiffany Holland; and several nieces and nephews, including great-nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
A celebration of life will be held 3-5 p.m. Sunday, November 22, 2020, at the downtown Fernandina Harbor Marina’s south dock pavilion. Please come and share your favorite Captain Bill stories.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Toys for Tots as he loved children and was a very generous man.
“Tide waits for no man.”