Monday, October 19, 2020

In Memoriam

 Reverend William B. Caldwell
April 19, 1931 - October 3, 2020

Charleston, SC. — William Bruce Caldwell, 89, passed away in Charleston, SC on October 3, 2020, surrounded by his wife of nearly 60 years and his two daughters.

He was born in Buffalo, NY on April 19, 1931. He grew up and lived most of his adult life in Florida. He attended the University of Florida for two years before he entered the US Army for five years where he served as a Medic in Germany during the Korean War. He also spent a brief time as a medical missionary in Cuba while Fidel Castro and his rebels were in the hills.

Upon returning to Florida after his service, he finished his undergraduate degree in history at Florida Southern College. While serving in Germany, he felt the call to the ministry and continued his education at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta GA. While he studied at Emory, he served as the Assistant Director of the Wesley Foundation at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

In January 1961, he married the love of his life, Julie Hardeman and the two began the wonderful journey serving in the Florida United Methodist Conference for over forty years. The family grew over the following years with the addition of two daughters, Ginger and Colleen.

William Caldwell was a cousin to Suzanne Trich Bristow. He spent many summers at Silver Lake as a youth and has long time connections to Silver Lake. His Father was Suzanne's mother’s brother. His mother was Fran Cook, Bob Cook’s aunt. His sister was Carol Cunius whose husband was a former SLI President.  Bill was a Methodist minister and has led worship at Epworth.  
Bill and his wife Julie enjoyed many trips abroad to the Holy Land, China, Russia and Europe. During the years their family grew with the addition of two sons-in-law, Gerard Cohen and Hugh Musser. The family was completed with the gift of two grandsons, Brent and Ben Cohen. Bill is also survived by his sister, Carol Cunius. Bill also fulfilled a life-long dream as he became a published author in 2019.
Rev. Caldwell leaves an extensive legacy of love and devotion not just to his family, but to all he was blessed to have met throughout his life. Well done, good and faithful servant.
Services will be held later in the new year in Cape Coral, Florida. Bill will also be memorized at the next annual Lake-wide Memorial Service at Silver Lake.


  1. Greg, As a child Bill and his family attended Hamburg UMC before moving to Florida. Bill’s mother Fran was my fathers sister. I have memories of our two families staying together at the cottage. Thanks for sharing. Bob

  2. Thank YOU Bob for sharing and Greg for is memories and memorials such as these that make me soo Grateful to be a resident of Silver Lake Institute.

    1. Thanks also to Suzanne Bristow who also shared memories and provided the obituary.


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