William Edward Findley Jr., owner of FESCO passed away on Monday at the age of 96. Over the years, Findley made an impact on the lives of his family and friends through his sense of humor and love of life.
“He was a great man, a great contributor and a Rotarian...,” said friend and fellow Rotarian Ted Bearden. “He was always in a good mood.”
Findley is the founder and CEO of Findley Engineering Service Company (FESCO); one of the finest companies in the energy industry.
He grew up in Dallas. He attended college, and was a member of the Navy ROTC V-12 program, he was commissioned an Ensign and called to active duty in World War II. In 1948, he was working as a Sales Engineer for Black, Sivalls and Bryson in Oklahoma City when he was transferred to Alice.
According to family, he dedicated his whole life to the men and women of FESCO, building a company known throughout the energy industry for its integrity and talking care of the employees.
In 1959, he and four others were tasked by The City of Alice to form the Alice Water Authority to ensure a stable water supply for the City of Alice. He remained active on the board for 59 years, until his death.
The City of Alice honored his contribution to the community by naming the Alice water reservoir, Lake Findley.
He was a member of the Episcopal Church of The Advent where he served on the vestry. He was a member of numerous civic organizations including Rotary Club, Jim Wells Master Planners Commission, Alice Chamber of Commerce (past director), the Alice Industrial Foundation as a charter member. He was a director at the CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital of Alice. In 1977, he was named Alice Citizen of the Year.
Findley had been a Rotarian since 1971. He held several positions and was the fundraising “genius.” He had lunch every Wednesday with his fellow Rotarians at the Alice Country Club.
“He loved Rotary,” said Alice Rotarian Linda Avila.
Findley became the song leader of the club. He started with three songs, but over the years the club settled to one, “My Country, Tis of Thee,” written in 1831 by Samuel Francis. He would lead the club in the song at almost every meeting until his passing.
Rotarians like Gail Hoffman will miss his leadership and sense of humor.
Findley was instrumental in the foundations of many organizations in Alice. He donated money to start kick-off projects like the Boys and Girls Club of Alice's new building.
“Mr. Findley served as our fundraising chair since the inception of building the Boys & Girls Club of Alice in 2007. He was instrumental in raising dollars to building the facility which cost $1.1 million,” said Rick Del Bosque, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Alice. “When Mr. Findley would visit the club he would say, 'Rick, my boy, how are the club kids doing? Let's keep serving the kids.'”
“Mr. Findley was a mentor, a man with a heart of gold and a gentle soul who was there for our kids,” Del Bosque stated.
His generosity and benevolence were expressed quietly for organizations and people including the Gulf Coast Council of Boy & Girl Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, Alice Boys and Girls Club, Texas Exes Life Member, Maxine Flournoy Third Coast Squadron of The Commemorative Air Force and many others. He was a Charter Member of History's Handful for Campus Crusade for Christ International.
Findley's services are Tuesday and Wednesday.