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Vero Beach produce veteran Bill Emanuel dies at age 65

by C. Baxter Carter | September 07, 2009
VERO BEACH, FL -- Cassie William (Bill) Emanuel Jr., founder of the C.W. Emanuel Co. Inc., died Aug. 26 after a battle with cancer.

Mr. Emanuel, known to friends and family as C-Dub, founded C.W. Emanuel Co. in 1974 as a fresh produce grower and wholesaler.

Born July 12, 1944, in Macon, GA, he moved to Vero Beach in 1966. He joined the U.S. Army and did a tour of duty in South Korea. Returning home, he joined the Jack Barry Co. before he established C.W. Emanuel Co. in 1974. The company was an immediate success, and under Mr. Emanuel's leadership, it grew to annual revenues estimated between $1 million and $2 million. He remained at the helm of his company until illness forced him to step down.

A member of the First United Methodist Church of Vero Beach, Mr. Emanuel is survived by his wife of 39 years, Tamson-Lynn (Tammy) Emanuel of Vero Beach; son Cass William Emanuel III and his wife, Amanda, of Vero Beach; daughter Heather Emanuel Kraft of Vero Beach; three grandchildren, Zack- Miles, Kendahl-Lynn Kraft and Haylei-Rebecca Emanuel; his sister, Sylvia Jenkins and her husband, Allan, of Greenville, SC; his brother, Frank Emanuel of Albany, GA; and many nieces, nephews and in-laws. He was the son of C.W. Emanuel Sr. and Martha Rebecca Emanuel.

Mr. Emanuel died surrounded by family at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach. The family asked that contributions in his memory be made to the VNA/Hospice House, 901 37th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Condolences may be sent through