On October 4th, 2021, William E Mott, 65, of Berlin, Maryland passed away peacefully in his sleep. Bill was a heart transplant recipient of 26 years and the longest surviving transplant patient from Johns Hopkins Hospital. He participated in the 1996 US Transplant Olympics playing singles and doubles in Tennis and won a gold medal in the Doubles Tennis category.
Bill was born in Fall River, Massachusetts on July 5th, 1956. The family moved to Laurel, Maryland in 1963 when his father, a retired Master Chief in the U.S. Navy accepted a job at John’s Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.
Bill attended St. Mary’s of the Mills Catholic School and Laurel High School. Bill was an outstanding Athlete and one of the Star Pitchers of his class. He was affectionally nicknamed “Big Daddy Mott” throughout his baseball career.
Bill went on to attend Prince George’s Community College, where he continued to play baseball at the college level. He then transferred to the University of Maryland where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Bill was an accomplished Musician, Singer/Songwriter and Guitar Teacher. He formed the group The Mott Squad, which played the Baltimore/Washington area back in the 1980s, and which Bill shared with local talent, family, and friends. In 1997, Bill released a self-produced album called Dancing With Angels, on which he provided vocals and his endless talent at guitar.
He received just as much joy teaching as he did performing, working with young students who looked up to him as he helped them craft their talents and build confidence, with the care and patience he was known for by all.
He is preceded in death by his parents David L. Mott and Elizabeth Claire (Dupont) Mott.
Bill is survived by the remaining members of the original Mott Squad, his eldest brother David Mott and wife Sharon, and sisters Sharon Mott Hegarty and husband Mike and Dayle Mott Rudel and her husband Rich. He is also survived by his two nieces, Kelly Kopicki Williams (Spouse Chris) and Jenna Rudel and his two nephews Brian Mott (Spouse Jaime) and Michael Mott (Spouse Hayley) and several nieces and nephews that he adored.
Wherever Bill went in life, he’d meet people who he’d add to his constantly growing circle of friends, who eventually became part of the family. Whether he was pitching in a baseball game, writing his own music, or helping a student master their favorite song, his true passion in life was people and sharing his gifts with those he loved.
Bill is now dancing with angels for eternity.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church, 114 St Marys Pl, Laurel, MD 20707 on Monday October 18th at 11:00am. A celebration of life will follow at Donaldson Funeral Home of Clarksville, 12540 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Interment is private. Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979
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American Heart Association
4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen VA 23060-9979