Bill Sedleckis passed away peacefully in Vero Beach, Florida on December 15, 2021, after a long fight with kidney disease and other illnesses. He was truly beloved by his family and countless numbers of friends; his energy, humor and his wise counsel will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Bill was born in Rochester, New York on May 25, 1941, to John F. and Florence B. Slicks. He attended parochial schools in Rochester and in addition being an honor student at those schools, was a gifted athlete in every sport he played. While on his high school basketball team at Aquinas Institute during his senior year, he was honored with the presentation of the team’s “Outstanding Player” award for the 1957-58 season.
Bill’s excellence as a student and unique basketball talents brought him a full athletic scholarship to Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. As a regular player on its basketball team from 1958-62, he competed against many of the country’s best Division One programs. Bill also graduated from the Albany Law School of Union University in 1965 and was admitted to the New York State Bar that same year.
Instead of embarking on a career as an attorney, Bill instead chose to serve the United States of America as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 1965 through 1994. He was assigned to their offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC and Miami. He specialized in conducting counterintelligence and national security related investigations, working on many of the most important cases the FBI had at the time of his employment. Following his retirement from the FBI he joined the corporate security staff at Diageo, representing their interests in Central and South America.
Bill, and his beloved wife, Valeria moved to Vero Beach in 2000 and became very active in the Indian River Club and its adjoining community. They were both avid golfers, loved and admired by all members of the club and community who had the pleasure of their company during the past 20 years. They enjoyed traveling to many exotic places throughout the world.
Valerie predeceased Bill in November 2020. He is survived by his brother, Jack Slicks of Kennewick, Washington; several nieces, nephews and cousins. No services are planned at this time, but the family requests that both Bill and Valerie are remembered in your thoughts and prayers.
His family expresses their heartfelt appreciation to all of Bill’s friends and caregivers in Vero Beach for their help that they provided to Bill and Valerie during their lengthy illnesses.
Donations may be made in the memory of William Sedleckis to the Parkinson’s/ Alzheimer’s Association of Indian River County, 2300 5th Ave, #150, Vero Beach, Florida, 32960 which was one of Bill’s favorite charities.
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