William Bill A. Hadley, 76, passed away from Myleodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) in Bellingham, WA on July 5, 2013. In 1959, Bill married Marlene (Fosse), with whom he raised two daughters.
Bill attended college prior to US Air Force enlistment at age 17. He served at the Blaine Radar Station, and retired as an electrical/electronic engineer and technical designer for the Boeing Defense and Space Group. Bill valued his volunteer work to support and benefit the community he loved local parks, the museum, and his neighborhood were extremely important to him. Because of his passion, he was a dedicated member of the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Cornwall Park Neighborhood Association, Local Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the Whatcom Museum. As a disc golf enthusiast, he played multiple rounds every morning in Cornwall Park until his illness precluded the activity. Working at home and at the family cabin, Bills talents and creativity allowed him to craft a life and environment for his family to enjoy. From cultivating a lush and lovely garden with his wife Marlene to building home additions, Bill had a remarkable intellect and practicality that allowed him to do whatever he set his mind to. He was Mr. Fix It. He was Ask dad, hell know. He was a husband, father, grandfather, and friend whose passing has left a vast and unfillable hole in our hearts and lives. Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years, daughters Suzanne (Thomas) Hersh, Idaho Falls, ID and Juliet (Steven) Barnes, Ferndale, WA, grandchildren Benjamin Hersh and Hadley Hersh, Idaho Falls, ID, and sister Lita Wells, Yuba City, CA. He is predeceased by his parents Dale S. Hadley and Dorothy E. (Evans) Hadley, sister Mary (Hadley) Page, and infant daughter Darla E. Hadley.
Farewell Tribute Information
There will be a graveside service at Greenacres Memorial park on Friday July 12 at 10:00 AM, followed by a memorial service at 1:00 PM at the Fountain Community Church, 2100 Broadway St, Bellingham. Donations Information
Memorials may be made to the Whatcom Museum of History and Art with a designation to support the Photo Archives ongoing work to preserve and document the history of this area. Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Or just go play a round of disc golf in Cornwall Park to honor Bills love of the game.