On Saturday, December 12, 2020, William A. Stafford passed after a short struggle with the COVID-19 virus at the age of 75. Bill passed with the grace and dignity with which he lived his life. He died proudly as it was no longer possible to live proudly.
He was as at ease in the company of royalty as he was with the next-door neighbor.
“Doctor Bill” as he was affectionately called by his clients was originally from Norfolk, Virginia, the son of William and Virginia Stafford, where he was born June 25, 1945.
Bill was known by many designations: husband, father, grandfather, friend, “Doctor Bill” and brother by his close friends Dick Gray and Steven Rosner.
Left to cherish his memory and mourn his passing are his beloved wife Hong Stafford (May), children Lisa, Michael, Virginia, Matthew, Huazhou (Joe), and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and sister Pat.
Doctor Bill never met a stranger and was always willing to assist his fellow man while never seeking recognition for his efforts. His light will be profoundly missed as the world is a decidedly darker place now that he is gone.
Bill was a self-made man, the ultimate entrepreneur who enjoyed taking an idea from concept to a successful conclusion. As some would say, he mastered the art of the deal. After starting several successful businesses Bill found his true calling as a therapist, providing him the means to help many.
The family will have a memorial service to honor Bill held at Souls Harbor of Dade City on January 2, 2021, at 11:00 am. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Any expressions of sympathy may be made to the Wounded Warriors Foundation or the charity of choice.
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