RETIRED CHIEF DEPUTY BILL LEE
01/17/1952 - 03/16/2012
It is with deep sadness that the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office announces the death of retired Chief Deputy Bill Lee. Lee died early Friday morning, March 16, 2012, at the age of 60 following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
Lee served with great honor and distinction for 11 years as the Sheriff’s Office’s Chief Deputy, joining Sheriff Ben Johnson’s administration on the first day of Sheriff Johnson’s tenure in office on January 2, 2001. Lee retired from the Sheriff’s Office on December 23, 2011. Prior to his service with the Sheriff’s Office, Lee worked for the Clewiston Police Department, the North Miami Police Department, the Rock Springs, WY Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He left an indelible mark everywhere he worked and was known to all as a man of great honesty, integrity, wisdom and compassion. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is a better agency because of his service and leadership.
Statement from Sheriff Johnson
on Bill Lee’s passing
Notice - Lankford Funeral Home
information from: Volusia Sheriff's site
man and lawman, William Richard "Bill" Lee rose to the rank of Chief
Volusia County Sheriff's Office., where he served with exceptional
honor and distinction for the last 11 years of his nearly 38-year law
enforcement career. Dated December 5, 2011, his retirement
began with these eight simple words: "The time has come to
my departuer." Following a brief illness and with his
loving family by his side, Lee made his final departure on
16, 2012. He was 60-years-old. Born in Miami on
1952, Bill was a man of high moral character who had a deep and abiding
sense of public service and personal and professional ethics. He
started his law enforcement career in 1974 at the Clewiston Police
Department in South Florida. After that, he served with
distinction at the North Miami Police Deparatment, the Rock Springs, WY
Police Department and then the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement from August 2, 1982 until January 1, 2001. On
1989, while working on a Violent Street Crimes Task Force in Miami for
FDLE, Bill was shot and injured in the pursuit of an armed robbery
suspect. He recovered to return to duty at FDLE until proudly
donning the Volusia County Sheriff's Office green on January 2, 2001.
Bill retired from the Sheriff's office on December 23, 2011
was honored by the Volusia County Council on January 5, 2012 for his
many years of dedicated service. Bill was a U.S.Army veteran
the 181st MP Co. between June 24, 1971-March 27, 1974 and also was a
graduate of Nova University in Fort Lauderdale. He was a
member of the Florida Sheriffs Association, the Volusia Police Chief's
Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police and
also was an honorary staff member of the U.S. Army Command and General
Staff College. Bill also was a certified law enforcement
instructor. In his free time, Bill was an avid hunter and
fisherman. Bill Lee left an indelible mark everywhere he
and was known to all as a man of great honesty, integrity, wisdom and
compassion. His wise counsel, wit, warmth and indomitable
will be forever missed by all who knew and loved him. Bill is
surivved by his wife Nancy, 4 children, a brother, and 3 grandchildren.
Visitation will be Monday, March 19, 2012 from 6-8 pm at
Funeral Home, 220 East New York Ave., DeLand, FL with funeral services
held at Stetson Baptist Church, Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 2:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers donations are requested to Halifax
West Volusia Center, 3500 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, Fl 32129 in his
Published Mar 17, 2012 Daytona Beach News-Journal.