William Voyzey 1935-2021

CARLSBAD, Calif — William “Bill” Voyzey of Carlsbad, Calif., passed away Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at the age of 86, after a brief illness.

True to form, Bill lived life fully and was fun-loving to the end.

He is survived by his loving sweetheart of 58 years, wife Ruth Voyzey; his sister, Barbara Doyne of North Carolina; three adoring children, Karen, John and Janie; their spouses and nine grandkids.

Bill was proud of his family and, as an outgoing guy, he dearly loved and enjoyed spending time with friends. Intellectually curious, Bill always asked questions and remembered details about everyone he encountered.

Bill graduated from Youngstown College (precursor to YSU) in 1956. His 36-year career as a Treasury Attache for the U.S. Government provided fascinating professional and personal adventures with posts in France, Philippines, Italy, Great Britain, Canada, Japan and Australia followed by post-retirement consulting positions in Moldova, Egypt, Serbia and Montenegro.

Bill loved to travel, meet interesting people and learn about other cultures; his global adventures certainly fueled his trove of stories and jokes. The son of a Welsh coalminer, Bill was born in Hazelton, Pa. His humble beginnings, work ethic, grit and accomplishments inspired his children. Favorite sayings included “It builds character” and “Handle it once.” Lately, Bill particularly enjoyed bridge, pool and the book club that he started. As a self-described “news junkie,” Bill was passionate about politics. But his biggest love was his constant companion, “Ruthie.”

Bill will be inurned at Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, Calif., in a private family service presided over by Bill’s friend, the Rev. Greg Bostrom of Christ Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a contribution to the San Diego Rescue Mission.

(special notice)