Thursday, December 10, 2015

UPDATE On Service: Oro Valley Resident Bill Adler Passes

Oro Valley Resident Bill Adler passed last evening. This is certainly a loss for our community and our condolences to Bill's family. Today is Bill's 80th birthday!

Adler was active in our community serving on many of Oro Valley's Boards and Commissions.  He attended numerous council and commission meetings. He sponsored concerts. His commitment to our community was decades long. He always watched out for the residents.

The following are some initial comments we received on Bill's passing:
"He tirelessly worked to improve the process and results for Oro Valley. I always appreciated his views and reasoning on issues and opportunities." (Pat Straney,Oro Valley former Mayoral Candidate)

"That is very sad news. He always wanted the best for our community." (2015 council candidate Ryan Hurting.

"Our community has lost a vitally important voice that even those who disagreed with him will ultimately come to miss." (Oro Valley Resident Mike Schoeppach)

"Indeed, this is very sad news. I always thought of Bill as the father of Oro Valley - who always wanted what he believed was right. Since we never agree with anyone 100% of the time, there were some issues that we had different opinions on. But I always respected His knowledge and his passion for the town. We will all feel this loss." (Shirl Lamonna, Oro Valley resident and 2015 town council candidate)

"Bill's dedication to making the Town a better place cannot be matched. We will miss him!" (Don Bristow, Oro Valley resident and 2014 council candidate)

"Sad news for everyone in the town. He was very dedicated to making Oro Valley the best town it could be." (Steve Didio, Oro Valley resident and 2015 Oro Valley council candidate).

"I’ve known him since we moved to Oro Valley in 2000, and long ago came to appreciate him for his deep commitment not only to the town, but to so many worthy causes. He was an extraordinary man – intelligent, intense, passionate, caring, wry, even humorous despite the grouchy visage he sometimes liked to adopt. I worked with him before, during, and after my years on town council as well as on committees and most recently the Board of Adjustment, and always found his insight and advice invaluable. He was I believe, a teacher at heart – happiest when leading discussions and encouraging people to expand their intellect and view the world and it’s myriad problems in heretofore unseen ways. His passing is an immeasurable loss to the community and to all of his friends and family."(Helen Dankwerth, former Oro Valley council member).
Watch Bill's Video on Oro Valley' heritage. He was very proud of it.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations in Bill's name be sent to the Southern Arizona Arts Cultural Alliance (SAACA) or the Oro Valley Public Library.  Cards can be sent to Bill's daughter, Amy Freeman. Her address is 7730 N. 2nd ave, Phoenix, Az 85021.

There will be a service of remembrance the afternoon of Sunday, December 27th at the Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center on Sunday at 2pm in the Sunset Room.

This from Bill's family regarding the service: "We are hoping to keep it will be upbeat and have it be mostly a time for people to share stories and thoughts. Please pass this information on to anyone you think would like to attend. If you would like to speak, please let us know. We are creating a program. We hope to see you there!"

And please share your thoughts on Bill by commenting on this post.

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