Highlanders Chapter: Trail Maintainer
In Remembrance of Willy
by Bobbi Keenan
Willy joined the Florida Trail Association in late 2002 and went on his first work hike with the Highlanders Chapter in January 2003. Over the years Willy lopped and mowed for the Florida Trail, volunteering in excess of 510 hours. Being an outdoorsman, Willy participated in many FTA activities with both the Central Florida and Highlanders Chapters. Some of his favorite events were the Winter Wednesday Hiking Series, kayaking, and camping. He had other favorite activities: photography, beekeeping, traveling, and biking, to name a few. You could call on Willy any time for any event and he was always ready and willing to go.
For several years he participated in the annual 110-mile Big “O” Hike around Lake Okeechobee; and he also completed the Panhandle Trace Hike, a 9-day hike from the Alabama State line to the Gulf of Mexico.
Willy will be greatly missed by many whose lives he touched; especially his family and friends and all of his Florida Trail family.