Port Canaveral Statement on Passing of Iconic Community Leader


PORT CANAVERAL, FL – The Canaveral Port Authority commissioners and staff were saddened to learn former Port staff member and community leader, William “Bill” Ellis, passed away over the Independence Day holiday. From 1993 – 1998, Bill served as Director of Public Affairs at Port Canaveral.
“Bill’s commitment to the Port community continued long after his official tenure ended.  He was respected for his keen insight and straight-shooter advice, and touched many lives spanning the spectrum from public, private, governmental, to non-profit. Our sincere condolences go to Bill’s family, friends, and many colleagues,” said Port CEO Captain John Murray.

An employee at the port for just five years, Bill remained an advocate and consultant to the Port on a number of projects over the years. He was also an integral and distinguished community leader throughout Brevard County with more than 50 years of dedicated service. He remained a close friend to those who knew and worked with him. Bill’s legacy and commitment to the issues he held dear will not soon be forgotten. Beyond his professional achievements and civic contributions, Bill will be remembered for his southern charm, unyielding yet approachable professionalism, solid character, true heart, and unmistakable wit and humor.