William S. Topping

09/16/2010 12:00 AM |

William S. Topping

Former Mattituck resident William S. Topping of Stuart, Fla., died Sept. 13 at Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart.

He was born in Troy, N.Y., and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II and participated in the Battle of Okinawa.

Mr. Topping had been a music teacher at Mattituck High School and a forest ranger for the Division of Forestry. After moving to Florida in 1978, he became a farmer.

He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy, in 2009; a daughter, Catherine; and a sister, Anna Mae Boblin.

Mr. Topping is survived by his children, Carol Guyton of Palm City, Fla., Janet Isackson of Roxboro, N.C., William, of Stuart, Fla., and Robert, of Longmont, Colo.; his sister, Helen Topping of West Palm Beach, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service was held at Forest Hills Memorial Park in Palm City, Fla. Arrangements were handled by Forest Hills Funeral Homes.

Memorial donations may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997.