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The Semmer family announced on social media this past weekend that long-time Fort Myers Beach resident Bill Semmer passed away peacefully on January 20th surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Semmer was battling melanoma cancer.

The post on the Semmer Electric Facebook page said, “Bill lived every day to the fullest and loved deeply his family, friends, and community.”

Fort Myers beach Mayor Dan Allers said, “Bill Semmer was a well respected family and businessman. His contributions to our community have reached so many over the years. On behalf of the Town of Fort Myers beach, we offer our sincere condolences to his family during this difficult time.”

The Semmer family will announce a Celebration of Life at a future date.

Semmer Electric will remain open and Bonita Bills, which the family also owns, is still working towards a future reopening after being hit hard by Hurricane Ian on September 28th.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center which was co-founded by Bill and his sister Joanne in 1991.


  1. I had the privilege of working for Bill. He was the best man I have ever worked for. He made me feel like family to him. I am so saddened to hear of his passing. I will never forget the warming welcome of him every day I walked into the office. He was always there to greet me with a warm welcome of a hug and kiss on the cheek. He always complemented me and brightened my day! He was truly a great man. Rest in Peace Bill…Love you, Gayle

  2. The world has lost a wonderful man. My grandchildren will always remember the fishing tournament that he and his wife sponsored. They were so kind to us. There’s a special place in heaven for him.


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