Faces and Names In Martin County

In memory of my friend Wilford Ghioto

March 3, 1939 – January 1, 2017

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Rosa Sophia, Will Ghioto, and fellow LBP member Gene Tinnie at a recent December 2016 event at Loxahatchee Battlefield in Jupiter, Florida. Photo courtesy of Andrew Foster.

Since becoming a member of the Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists several years ago, and subsequently serving as a Board member for the organization, I have been honored to call Will Ghioto my friend and mentor.

I looked up to him, admired him, and learned a lot from him.

I will miss our many conversations about life and history. I loved listening to his stories about his kids, grandkids, his life in Florida, and hearing him talk about archaeology and the projects he’d been involved in with the Southeast Florida Archaeological Society, of which I also became a member.

He was a wonderful listener. Whether he knew it or not, he offered comfort, and I always felt better after talking with him.

Will was an active member of the Southeast Florida Archeological Society and served as President of SEFAS. As an insurance agent, he was a great help to the Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists, and Will went out of his way to assist the LBP.

I am truly grateful for his presence in my life, and my heart goes out to his loved ones.

We shall miss you, my friend. Thank you for all that you did.

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Will (right) and Richard Procyk, author of Guns Across the Loxahatchee. Photo courtesy of Andrew Foster.

 

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