William “Bill” Dooley

Born on April 29, 1952 in Bluefield, West Virginia
Departed on July 26, 2021 in West Melbourne, Florida

William “Bill” French Dooley, 69, named after his maternal grandfather David Williams French, of Palm Bay, Florida passed away on Monday, July 26, 2021. Bill was born in Bluefield, WV on April 29,1952. His family moved to Brevard County from Charlottesville,VA in 1961. Bill was a retired Battalion Chief for the City of Melbourne Fire Department where he worked for 33 years. He spent many years as an instructor at the Fire Academy at Brevard Community College, now known as Eastern Florida State College, where he was always eager to teach and discuss what he knew about firefighting skills. He was also an exceptionally skilled woodworker creating many beautiful things, always leaving his artistic signature of a piece of English Ivy.

He is survived by his two sons, Brent and Brandon Dooley and a stepdaughter (whom he thought of as his daughter) Beverly (John) Edge, grandchildren Madison, Emiliana, and John Michael and many great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister Barbara (John) Schmitt and one brother John (Patti) Dooley; half-brothers Wallace Kesler, Jr., Paul David Kesler, Eddie (Sherri) Dooley, Bobby Dooley; half-sisters Lynne (Larry) Barker, Jenny (Keith) Greer, and stepmother Martha Dooley.

He was predeceased by his wife of 35 years, Nell, his mother Mary French Kesler and stepfather Wallace Kesler; his father Marion Ralph Dooley and grandson Joshua Edge.

A service will be held August 7th 1200PM at the Melbourne Church of Christ located at 810 Hollywood Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32904.
The procession following the service to Internment Service August 7th 200PM at Florida Memorial Gardens located at 5950 US1 S, Rockledge, FL 32955

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8 entries.
Gail Lopez from Melbourne wrote on August 5, 2021:
May the family find peace & strength to get through this difficult time. Soar High with those golden wings Bill Dooley and give hugs & kisses to Aunt Nell, Joshua, Mom & Dad and all the other family members that have gone before you. We will miss all your funny stories you use to tell us. God Bless...
Ernest an Betty Padgett from Jacksonville Ga wrote on August 3, 2021:
A dear friend an hunting buddy .So sorry to hear the news. A devoted husband to Nell. Will miss his trips to Georgia. God bless the family
Sonny & Lucy Gunthorpe from MELBOURNE BEACH wrote on August 2, 2021:
Our deepest sympathy.
Allen kirchman from Melbourne wrote on July 31, 2021:
Rip brother You were great to work with, and you will be missed
Sam Adams from Vero Beach wrote on July 29, 2021:
Rest in Peace! Lost a long time friend and hunting partner.
Ken meehan from Melbourne wrote on July 28, 2021:
May he rest in peace
Betty Joan Whitlock ( Squeakey) from Palm Bay wrote on July 28, 2021:
Bill was a good friend to my husband, Glenn and me. I Wish the family my deepest sympathy.’Bill will be missed by all who knew him.
Dick Colleen Straney from Palm Bay wrote on July 28, 2021:
So sorry for your loss. A wonderful man and servant to our area. Prayers for your Family
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