In Memoriam: Reese Williams

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SAN DIEGO—Reese Williams, who once owned Ocean Air Yachts at Sunroad Marina before moving on to Crow’s Nest and Sterling Yachts, has died. He was 74.

Williams and his wife, Carol, moved to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico after retiring from the yacht business in 2008. While there he joined his wife’s real estate business, White City Properties, and helped sell high end parcels of land.

WIlliams was born in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1944. He group up boating on the Chesapeake Bay and along the East Coast. An obituary shared with The Log by the California Yacht Brokers Association stated Williams’ love for the ocean was partially responsible for him enlisting in the U.S. Navy.

After the Navy, Williams would join General Motors, where he worked as a customer representative. He later moved to Colorado and Wyoming to pursue a career in sporting goods.

Williams would eventually find his way to San Diego, where he pursued a career in yacht sales.

“A born salesman, Reese’s quick smile and easy going manner, coupled with an ability to converse with anyone from boatyard workers to large yacht owners, made him a liked and recognized figure along the SoCal waterfront,” an obituary of Williams stated.

Williams lost his battle with prostate cancer. He was living in Merida, Yucatan when he died. He is survived by Carol, his wife of 34 years.

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