WILLIAM LAWRENCE LINK
William Lawrence Link (Bill) was born on December 9th, 1929 to Lillian and Joseph Link in Columbus Ohio. William graduated from East High School and joined the army. After his discharge he moved to Terre Haute, Indiana, where he learned the electrician trade and worked for Twigg Aircraft Industries.
Bill was an adventurous young man who loved to travel and that led him to the Big Apple New York City where he worked for the Metropolitan Transit Authority conducting the subways. Bill was an avid musician; his collection of instruments is amazing. He played with various jazz bands around New York City and often had jam sessions with friends. It was on that famous “A” Train that he met the love of his life Pauline and started a lasting friendship and love affair spanning 52 wonderful years. To this union a beautiful daughter Melissa was born.
Bill took his family to Disney in Florida and fell in love with the weather and pace of life. After convincing Pauline, the family moved to Oviedo in 1990. With a real zest for life, even though retired, Bill worked part-time with Enterprise Car Rental traveling extensively. He was a staunch supporter of WUCF Jazz station 89.9, which is part of PBS of which he was a contributor. Bill was also a Past Master with Doric Masonic Lodge in Hempstead New York and continued his affiliation with the lodge in Orlando.
After faithfully searching for a church home, Bill and his family joined Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. His love of music led him to the choirs where he played the trombone, upright bass and his bass guitar. He’s probably up there now playing in the men’s choir with Chick Boston and the gang. Then there’s his Bible Study group that went out every Thursday after Bible Study to eat at I-Hop affectionately abbreviated to the ROMEO’S (Retired Old Men Eating Out) at I-Hop. He was a trustee of the church, past President of the Seniors Ministry, which he named the Golden Saint’s. Bill was a very loyal and faithful servant of the Lord.
Then came Grayson our nephew, they had a bond like no other. Their relationship ran very deep and referred to one another as best buddies. They loved to play the Trombone and together they made music.
Bill’s memories will live on in the hearts of his loving and dedicated wife Pauline, wonderful daughter Melissa who was the light of his life (his pumpkin) and best buddy Grayson. His memories will also be cherished by his many family and friends.
I HAVE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT
I HAVE FINISHED THE RACE
I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH
One of the most kind and sweetest of men ever. Always willing to make you feel welcome. He has shaken off that earthly vessel and gone on to better things, but he and his voice will be missed.
During the times I had the pleasure of being with Bill , his calm and kind demeanor was what stood out. He loved his family beyond measure and I see his care and humble self-confidence reflected in his children, Melissa and Grayson. I trust that Pam and the entire family will find Peace in the joyful memories.