William Stead

February 11, 1959 - January 15, 2021
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After a valiant effort of battling cancer for over a year, our hero, Bill, passed away at home at age 61. Bill was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, friend, and co-worker. He was born in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help grade school, Cardinal O’Hara High School, and Penn State. Bill married Margaret in 1980 and the family moved from the Philadelphia area to the Tampa Bay area in 1985 to enjoy the Florida sunshine and raise the family.  Bill and Margaret attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Venice and Bill worked at PwC for his entire career.

Bill is survived by his wife Margaret, four adult sons William, Robert, David, and Michael all who reside in Florida. He is also survived by his mother Joan (FL), and his two brothers James and Robert and wife Elaine, two nieces Lauren and Jessi and nephew Christian (all in PA).  Bill was preceded in death by his father, William.

Bill was an organizer and leader at an early age. From neighborhood teams that competed against other neighborhoods, to hockey teams that formed regional alliances that grew to compete on a national level. He integrated his “everyone plays” coaching philosophy into every aspect of his personal and professional life. Bill was the ultimate family man and led by example. This was reflected as oldest brother, loving husband to the wife he adored, his four sons, and the rest of his extended family, at home and PwC.

For 33 years Bill worked at PwC and retired in 2019. Bill was more than a colleague, he was a friend, a leader, a mentor, and trusted advisor. He had a heart for our military and was recognized and received an award as a Patriotic Employer by the Office of the Secretary of Defense for support of the National Guard and Reserve Force. His PwC roles spanned Office Services, Procurement, Finance, Real Estate, Administrative Services and was on National teams. Prior to retirement, Bill led a group of 500+ admin staff, most of who he personally hired.

Bill was respected and loved by many. It is impossible to put into one short paragraph the lives Bill touched during his life with family, friends and co-workers. Bill and Margaret captured every free moment possible to travel the world with Bill planning and coordinating every trip to the Nth detail. Bill and Margaret and the family had a wonderful and fulfilled life.

The family will have a small private funeral and a celebration of life in the spring. In lieu of flowers or gifts we would appreciate prayers, mass cards, or donations in Bill’s name to MDAnderson Cancer Center Houston at  https://gifts.mdanderson.org

For donation questions contact Margaret at mommystead@hotmail.com.

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Born: February 11, 1959
Died: January 15, 2021

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Joe & Carol Paolini posted on 2/15/21

Dear Margaret & Family, Joe & I are so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. We met at a Phillies Spring Training game many years ago. We were anxious to see you both every March at the games. We will miss him as we enjoyed talking to him each year. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. So sorry. Bill was truly a great person and he will be missed. Joe and Carol Paolini


David Stead posted on 2/15/21

I can't even start as far as how to explain how much my Dad meant to me. He is my biggest influence in life and has shown me so much. I know I cried a lot while giving my thoughts and feelings about Him the other day at His Celebration of Life Lunch we had...I'm not sure if I made any sense. You know...He always had the ability to see right into people and also see their potential. It's amazing that I didn't know all of the sides He had that were explained by his best Friends and Brothers (my uncles)...But that made me smile even more. He once showed me a video of him singing the "Satisfaction" by the Stones for Karaoke at a work conference a couple of months ago...or maybe it was last year...And I still think about that and smile so big. It was AWESOME! I've never seen that side of Him before! Here's a man that worked so hard to make sure that his Family was happy and taken care of. What saddens me is that after He finally retired He really only had 6 months to relax and be "Free" before discovering that he had Cancer. I've known Him all of my life; but, I got to meet so much of my Dad every time we talked and I've been more and more amazed by everything I've learned about Him. One of the main things He taught me was to be Selfless and Patient...To be humble...and about making smart choices and understanding consequences. And He Loved my Mom more than anyone could love anyone or anything.,,, He taught me that I should go for what I want to go for in Life but also to make sure I had a foundation to stand on underneath me just in case my dreams somehow weren't what I expected them to be..Which worked out perfectly for me. Regardless of his health or how He felt, He was always there for anyone in his Family or close Friends because we are what mattered to him most. Think about that for a second..or a minute..or a month like I've been since he Passed. He is so incredible. It's weird, but I keep expecting Him to give me a call or to be at home when I visit Mom...Actually for some reason, I expected Him to walk into Church and sit down next to us during the Mass we had for Him last Friday. He's a part of us that I do not think will nor do I want to ever go away. I Love and Miss You Dad. - David (but you can call me Davey)


Scott Adams posted on 2/11/21

Bill and I worked together at PwC Tampa in 1986 and again in Tysons, Va in 2013. He was always one of my best colleagues - a true leader and friend who would do anything for you. Spirit of service + spirit of kindness. That was Bill’s legacy. I am so sad, not because he’s in a better place, but because he and the family deserved more time. We can know he’s watching over you!


Scott Deming posted on 2/1/21

Bill was as they say, one-of-a-kind. Supremely intelligent, Seinfeld funny, snarky, loving, hard working...I could go on and on. Our lengthy conversations covered everything, from our families to sports to politics. There was never a lull in the conversation. I'll miss our beers together and the laughs we shared. Rest well my dear friend. Scott


Frances McArthur posted on 1/27/21

Bill was a great leader and knew how to get the best out of everyone on his team. I had the utmost respect for him. His legacy will live on for many years at PwC. Such a big loss for many, my condolences to the family.


Ana Scelza posted on 1/25/21

My sincerest condolences to the Stead family, Bill will be missed deeply.


Mitzi Smith posted on 1/22/21

I remember Bill for many things, his love of karaoke being one of them. But he also molded our team of new ASCs into a great group by always sharing knowledge he had, listening to us, and mentoring us. I will truly miss Bill Stead and will never forget the impact he made on me as a person. Rest in heaven Bill.


Diana Mueller posted on 1/22/21

My sincerest condolences


Sandy Adams & Scott Morrow posted on 1/22/21

Margie....We are just heart broken to learn of Bill's passing. What a fun, sweet, intelligent, kind man he was and we both feel blessed to have known him. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your sons.


Kimberly Mayberry posted on 1/22/21

I feel very grateful to have known Bill and send my love and prayers to his wife, family, and friends. May he Rest in Peace.


Silka Ramirez posted on 1/21/21

His Excellency, Bill, was an amazing person, and I count myself very lucky to have known him. I feel very blessed about how much I learned from him, and for his care and unconditional support. We all will forever cherish his legacy and how much he impacted our lives. Bill will be deeply missed. My condolences to Margaret and the Stead family.


Ivy Gooden posted on 1/21/21

I never met Bill, but I wanted to thank him for having such an impact in my life. It is because of his leadership and focusing on our tomorrow at PwC, that I have an awesome career. My life has never been the same. Blessings on Bills family, his legacy will live on forever.


Jaclyn Neham posted on 1/20/21

I was so very sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. Bill’s creativity, openness, recognition and business savvy made it possible for me to move into a promotional hybrid role that he pushed for. Bill had a caring and generous heart and was always sharing stories, particularly about his loving family. May his memory be a blessing.


Gina Lineberger posted on 1/20/21

Bill was both our leader and our loudest cheerleader. He always made sure that our successes were recognized. I was fortunate to have worked with him, blessed to have known him, and better for both.


Cin, Kirk & Jaden posted on 1/20/21

Bill was not only one of the kindest neighbors we knew but also a kind and genuine friend. Jaden will always remember “Uncle Bill” and their conversations. He admired him so much. We all did, he truly was a great man that we were blessed to call our friend & extended family. We love you Margaret...our deepest sympathy. Please know you are in our hearts and prayers. May God watch over you and your family always! 🙏🏻❤️


Dennis Kelley posted on 1/20/21

Bill was a special individual. The only true "coach" that I had playing hockey. An extremely unique and caring person. My deepest condolences to the entire family and all of Bill's many friends.


Daniel Stahoviak posted on 1/19/21

Such an amazing leader and friend. You will be truly missed. I will always remember your great leadership advice and guidance. As well as personal advice and support. You will be greatly missed!


Sherita Polke posted on 1/19/21

My sincerest condolences to the Stead family during this difficult time.


Donna Woywod posted on 1/19/21

Sending condolences on behalf of my mother Shirley Stead (wife of Uncle Jack) and our family.


Terry Pruitt posted on 1/19/21

Margaret & family, I’m so saddened to hear of Bill’s passing! Bill & I were colleagues at PwC and spent many years collaborating on numerous projects. He always brought insight, wisdom, practical solutions & fun to everything he did. My warmest sympathies to you!


Gina Lineberger posted on 1/19/21

Bill always lead by example. He was our fearless leader in his final years at PwC before retiring. He was also our most vocal cheerleader, always ensuring our successes were known and recognized. I was fortunate to have worked with him, blessed to have known him, and better for both.


Dora Santa posted on 1/19/21

I loved listening to his stories and his wisdom he shared with many of us.. My deepest condolences to the Stead family.  


Heath posted on 1/19/21

Sincerest condolences to the Steads and all who came to know Bill.


Su Kim posted on 1/19/21

Sending my deepest condolences. Bill was at the start to my career at PwC. I still remember so very clearly his stories and all his wisdom he so passionately shared with us. Lifting prayers for the Stead family.


Jessie posted on 1/19/21

Thank you, Bill, for being a respected leader, mentor, and example at PwC with a special skill for recognizing untapped potential -- including mine. You've left a legacy at PwC and huge, lasting impact on all who have known you. My deepest condolences to your family and loved ones.


Laurie posted on 1/19/21

In memory of William Stead, Laurie lit a candle


Toni Phagan posted on 1/19/21

I enjoyed my time with Bill at PwC - he was thoughtful, funny and sincere. I loved harassing him about football. My thoughts are prayers go out to the family during this difficult time.


John O’Neill posted on 1/19/21

Thanks Bill. The Stead’s are great!


Yolanda Hughes posted on 1/19/21

I am honored and blessed to have known Bill, he was truly an amazing person and leader! My most heartfelt condolences.


Craig Steckel Sr posted on 1/19/21

Please except our condolences to the entire Stead family from Craig Steckel and my family.


Heather Wadlington posted on 1/19/21

Sending prayers to the Stead Family. I truly enjoyed the opportunity I had to work with Bill and he made a positive impact on my career at PwC. He is truly missed.


Kimberly Fleming posted on 1/19/21

To Bill's family, you have my deepest condolences! Bill was such an amazing leader and mentor. When he worked in the McLean office, he taught me so much but most of all compassion. I was dealing with some very personal family issues and Bill was always so very supportive and compassionate. I will NEVER forget him! So many prayers to all of your during this time!


Anne Prosser posted on 1/19/21

I am sending my most sincere condolences to the Stead family. I was one of the fortunate folks to work with Bill at PwC for 10+ years. His humor, organization and "get the job done attitude" made him a joy to work with and I know he will be terribly missed by his family, friends and many colleagues. Wishing you healing and light during this time of loss.


Gemma posted on 1/19/21

I’m so saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. He was one of the nicest, most pleasant persons I’ve ever met. Bill was very easy to speak with and he sincerely cared for his staff. I remember when I planned to move to the Tampa PwC office how helpful he was and how very patient he was in answering all my questions, and I had a lot :). Thank you, Bill, for enriching my life.


Paul and Britta Stead posted on 1/19/21

May fond memories of Bill, bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your families. We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, father, brother and our cousin Bill. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you and hasten the journey of his soul to Heaven. There are no goodbyes. Where ever Bill will be , he will be in our hearts. He'll always be loved and never forgotten . May your Sole Rest in Peace !


Sherrie Brown posted on 1/19/21

Dear Margaret, So much love for you and Bill. There aren’t many people I quote Often, but if the few, Bill is one. He taught me such life lessons and helped me channel my energy in the right directions. Will truly miss him. Sherrie Brown


Mary posted on 1/19/21

My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow. My deepest condolences


Cassandra Parker posted on 1/19/21

To Margaret and the family, you have my utmost condolences. First, what a beautiful obituary, it really touched my heart. Everything you said about Bill pertaining to PwC was correct. I remember when Bill interviewed me for my current position, he made me laugh several times, so much so that we ended up having a great & relaxed interview. During my first week of training at Safety Harbor, I remember Bill dressing up as Elvis and singing, which made everyone feel so comfortable, we all began to go up front and join him, a time I will never forget. Bill left such an impact; I am grateful to have had the opportunity to know him.


Jamie Glickman posted on 1/19/21

Bill leaves an amazing legacy as a great friend, leader and mentor. Bill was insightful, full of wisdom and a hilarious story teller. I will miss our back and fourths during Lightning games and will cherish our time together.


Charles Corso posted on 1/19/21

As a coworker of Bill's at PwC, I am saddened to hear of his unexpected and way to early departure. Bill was a true pleasure to work with, bringing a wealth of knowledge and an endless level of patience to every task. I will miss Bill's camaraderie, and zest for life. Warmest regards and deepest condolances. Charles Corso


Shirley Waltmire posted on 1/19/21

Margaret, I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was such a nice person and I know he will be missed by you all. May God grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time.


Andy Seabra posted on 1/19/21

I'm so sorry for your loss. I always had Bill close to my heart as he was the Director that hire me in PwC. I remember having the best conversations with him during our training week at Safety Harbor. I'm never going to forget the amazing person he was, and how much he has impacted my life. He will live through the legacy of each life he has touched. Sending you my condolences during this hard time.


Stephanie Wilner posted on 1/19/21

Sending condolences to your whole family. I will always remember Bill as he interviewed and hired me to join PwC. May he rest in peace.


TIffany Kaufman posted on 1/19/21

My thoughts and Prayers are with the Stead family at this time! Bill was a great guy! One of the Best Managers I have ever had!


Ashley Schiller posted on 1/19/21

Rest in Peace Bill. I will always remember you for the man that everyone stopped to listen to when you came into the room. You had a truly genuine heart with an amazing presence.


carol price posted on 1/19/21

My condolences..I first met Bill with my first stint with PwC in the downtown Tampa office in the early 90's. He left shortly after I joined the firm then. I then met Bill again when I came back to PwC in 2017 - his stories were delightful and funny. Whenever he would join one of our team meetings, we knew we were in for a treat. He was a delightful person and he will be missed. May he rest in peace!


Amos Similton posted on 1/19/21

Rest in Peace Bill! You will be missed, but I know you are in a better place. Thanks for every positive and motivational conversation you took time to have with me at PwC.


Michelle Black posted on 1/19/21

My heartfelt prayers go out to your family during this time of loss. Bill was an amazing person and he blessed many lives with his support and humor. Sending sincere sympathies, may he Rest in Eternal Peace. Sincerely, Michelle Black


Deborah Parmerlee posted on 1/19/21

You were such a great mentor and friend - you and all your muses will be so missed. My prayers go out to Margaret and your boys who you talked so much about I feel like I know them!


Jane Torres posted on 1/19/21

Bill was one of the best human beings I've been blessed to know and call a friend. He will be greatly missed.


Tanya posted on 1/19/21

My sincerest condolences for your loss. I was one of the lucky ones hired by Bill. He was a wonderful leader!


Tammy posted on 1/19/21

My sincerest condolences to you and your entire family. I had the great honor of being hired by Bill 4 years ago. He was exceptional, inspirational and plan amazing. He touched so many lives and gave me one of the best opportunities of my life, he will be missed by so many people. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.


Richard Scott posted on 1/19/21

Bill was a wonderful and special guy-it was a privilege to know him-II have been fortunate to meet a number of great people in my lifetime-Bill Stead was one-


Ann & Gary Comerford posted on 1/19/21

Margaret, Gary & I want you to know how much we loved the short time we had with you and Bill on FMC. We have so many memories of all the good times we had here on the street. We were lucky enough to take advantage of Bill’s travel savvy and enjoyed the trips we shared with you both. Bill will be missed. You were not just friends but family. Prayers are with you and your family. Love, Ann & Gary