Walter William Worthington, known as Walt to his friends, passed away on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, from complications of a stroke at St. James Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Born on July 30, 1932, in Islip, New York, Walt moved from New York to Cape Canaveral with his wife and young family. Later he relocated his family to Carrabelle, where he was a resident for over 30 years.
Walt fell in love with the sea at an early age. He was a kind and generous person who loved being on the water. He was a commercial fisherman most of his life. Walt also earned his 100-ton commercial captain’s license and captained vessels in the oil fields from Texas and Mexico to South America. His life reflected his passion for the sea both professionally and recreationally. Walt always had time for teaching friends and family to sail, to navigate and handle boats around docks and offshore.
When not on the water, he was often under the water. He was a self-taught scuba diver and dove commercially making underwater repairs on vessels around the docks. He excelled at retrieving valuable items lost overboard.
When not working, his favorite pastime was to head into town early in the morning, catching up with friends and checking in at the local marinas. People sought Walt for his counsel because of his expertise on the water, his knowledge of boats and often for his wisdom on the various issues life itself. Walt will be greatly missed.
Walt is survived by his daughter, Sheila Overlin, and sons, Gene and Wayne Worthington, 11 grandchildren as well as 13 great-grandchildren; siblings: Raymond Worthington, Betty Schipf and Florence Reynolds.
Walt was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Hattie Worthington, his wife, Dorothy “Dot” Shirley Worthington, his daughter, Linda Messer, and his brothers, Edward Klecan, Joseph Klecan and Robert Munsell.
Memorial services will be held at the United Methodist Church of Carrabelle at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6.
David Conn of Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey Young Chapel, in Crawfordville is assisting the family.