William “Bill” Wilcox, 78, passed away on Feb. 5, 2020. He was born in Wisconsin on Jan. 28, 1942, to Roy and Leah Wilcox. He grew up in Livermore, California, and lived there until retiring to Kauai, Hawaii, with his wife, Donna, in 2010.
He is survived by his wife, Donna; sons Rick and David, and their spouses; and grandchildren, Dalynn and Karra Wilcox. He is also survived by his sister, Judith, and brother, Michael.
After graduating from Santa Clara University, in Santa Clara, California, Bill worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore for 40 years, much of the time in the Laser Division. He was also well known for his guitar playing and singing. He entertained professionally in his early years and later on at weddings and events for friends.
Bill loved animals and could be seen walking his Maltipoo, Cash, every morning, greeting other dog walkers at Kukuiolono Park in Kalaheo, Hawaii.
He was an avid coin and stamp collector, and later in life, assembled a large record and guitar collection. He also enjoyed history. After moving to Kauai, he studied island history and became a tour guide at the Kauai Museum and the Grove Farm Homestead and Sugar Plantation Museum. He joined the Kauai Historical Society and served two years as president. He loved the slow pace of island life and the many wonderful friends he made in Kauai.
Bill will be remembered for the joy he took in hosting dinner parties. He had a wonderful sense of humor, often torturing his guests with puns, delighting in the groans. He enjoyed good wines and good food and often ended the parties with guitar music and singalongs.
Bill’s family is grateful to the many angels at Kauai Hospice for the warm caregiving they provided him. Any donations can be made to that organization. There will be a celebration at Salt Pond Beach Park in Hanapepe, Kauai, at 3 p.m., on March 28, where Bill often enjoyed the beach and the magnificent view.