• RIP William “Bill” Tapella

    bill tTAPELLA, William “Bill” Charles, 68, of Tampa passed away peacefully on September 5, 2014 with his loving family by his side. He is survived by his devoted wife of 45 years, Joanne (nee Gantner); his 3 loving children, Debra McDaniel (spouse, Marcus), Karen Tapella and David Tapella (spouse, Meredith) ; 5 adored grandchildren, Cole, Connor, Ava, Mia and Blake; his brother, Larry Tapella of Joliet, IL (spouse, Nina); 2 sisters-in-law and 1 brother-in-law. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, 2 aunts and 1 uncle. He graduated from Joliet Catholic H.S. and the University of Dayton, where he was a member of Delta Tau Nu Fraternity. Prior to retirement, he was a Chief Financial Officer in the Healthcare industry, including St. Joseph Hospitals in Tampa and in Joliet. Post-retirement, Bill worked at Busch Gardens Amusement Park. He was involved at St. Lawrence School and was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Bill most enjoyed spending time with his family, boating, fishing, football and his model train room. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Bill had a generous, kind spirit and will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him. Friends will be received on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 12-2 pm with services to follow at 2 pm in the Blount & Curry Funeral Home- Carrollwood Chapel, 3207 W. Bearss Avenue, Tampa. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.