Paul Williams, 50, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died June 6, 2003 at St. Petersburg General Hospital of a heart attack. Born in Teaneck, New Jersey, he moved to the West Coast of Florida in 1960. He received a bachelor's degree in social work and a master's degree in public administration from Florida State University. He served as the Public Services Director for the City of Gulfport since 1992, and previously was City Manager for the City of Madeira Beach from 1986 to 1992.
Paul was an active member of the APWA West Coast Branch for over ten years, and served as president, an officer of the Executive Board, District Representative to the State Chapter, and served on numerous national, chapter, and branch committees. He was a member of the Florida City and County Management Association and the International City/County Management Association.
Paul served his community in many ways. He was a member of Indian Rocks Baptist Church, where he was a "Bible and Life" group leader, and served on the finance committee. For eight years he was a mentor at Gulfport Elementary School. He was a member and past president of the St. Petersburg West Rotary Club and a past president of the Seminole Rotary Club.
Paul's demeanor was uplifting to those who had the pleasure to work with him. He always had a positive outlook and worked tirelessly without complaint.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy; his mother, Clara Williams; two sons, Matt and Andy; and a sister, Barbara Philie, all of St. Petersburg.
Contributed by Paul Hauck, former West Coast Branch President