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William Mowatt, businessman, developer of Johns Pass Marina

William H. Mowatt, 86, a well-known local businessman and developer of Johns Pass Marina, died Saturday (July 20, 1996) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, two days after his brother, George L. Mowatt, died.

William Mowatt died of congestive heart failure after being in the hospital five days, his wife of 50 years, Irene, said Sunday.

A resident and developer of properties since 1952, Mr. Mowatt persuaded his brother George to move to Florida from Monaco in 1989. George Mowatt had worked in Europe most of his life as a chemical engineer.

George's wife, Victoria, had died, Irene Mowatt explained, "and he didn't want to be alone."

For the last seven years, they both lived in South Pasadena. A third brother, Ronald Mowatt, 92, died last year in Pennsylvania.

"My husband thought the world of his brothers," Irene Mowatt said.

William Mowatt was born in Derby, Maine, where he and his brothers grew up. Their father was a supervisor in a plant that made railroad engines.

After working as a salesman of health products in Braintree, Mass., William Mowatt came here in 1952 to become a real estate broker and developer.

In 1964, he set up Johns Pass Marina, with a 300-boat capacity and a range of services, such as fuel, bait and tackle, along with charter boats. It even included outboard motor sales.

By the late '60s and early '70s, Mr. Mowatt was the owner of several nursing homes and apartment buildings in the Tampa Bay area.

He also was president of Quality Electronic Systems, which specialized in communications, TV distribution, closed-circuit TV and security systems for large condominiums and apartment buildings.

He received his early communications training in the military during World War II, doing telephone work for the Army in New Guinea.

During that time, he also corresponded with Irene, his school sweetheart. They married when he returned from the war.

"Hardly a day went by when he didn't say he loved me," she said.

She is his only immediate survivor.

Mr. Mowatt attended Northside Baptist Church, St. Petersburg.

Friends will be received at 9 a.m. today at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 101 58th St. S, St. Petersburg. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., with Dr. George Bruce officiating.

Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

National Cremation Society, Largo, is in charge of the arrangements, which were incomplete Sunday.

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