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Obituary: Bill Ford

obituary Funeral mass and a vigil service were held Nov. 3 at St. Jude Catholic Church in Redmond for Bill Ford, 54, of Woodinville, who died Oct. 29 in Pullman.
    Mr. Ford was born June 15, 1941 in New York city and was raised in Manhattan.
    He moved to Washington following his army service and attended the University of Washington, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in history with a minor in education.
    His teaching career began in 1974 at Fircrest where he remained for 3 years. He then taught 2nd grade at Brookside Elementary for 15 years and was most recently a teacher at Briercrest Elementary in the Shoreline School District where he taught 5th grade for 3 years.
    In recognition of his accomplishments as a teacher, he received the Golden Acorn Award.
    His interests centered on sports. In track he was a field official for Shoreline School District. He was a referee and judge in amateur boxing and a referee and member of the chain crew for Woodinville football. He was also a basketball coach and avid mountain climber.
    Mr. Ford's memberships included the Mountaineers, for whom he was a weekend lodge chairman at Snoqualmie Lodge; Knights of Columbus; National Education Association; Washington Education Association; Shorecrest High School Boosters Club; Woodinville High School Gridiron Club; and the Basketball Club of Woodinville High.
    His survivors are his wife of 24 years, Anne, of Woodinville; son Casey of Woodinville; daughter Dede, a student at Pullman; sisters Theresa Boyle and husband John, Rita Connelly and husband Danny, and Julie Graney and husband Kerry; and his mother, Julia Starr. Mr. Ford was preceded in death by his father, William Ford.
    Memorials may be made to an account in Mr. Ford's name at Seafirst Bank, Cottage Lake branch, 19160 Woodinville-Duvall Rd., 358-2971; or in care of Camille Burrows, 19748 192nd Ave. NE, Woodinville.