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Former Mayor William "Bill" Stendal Passes

Mayor Wagoner's statement on the passing of former Mayor William "Bill" Stendal

For Immediate Release: February 28, 2017

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Mayor Keith Wagoner issued the following statement today on the passing of former mayor and longtime Sedro-Woolley resident, William "Bill" Stendal:

"With both sadness and admiration we say goodbye to an honored friend of the community, William "Bill Stendal. Bill's legacy is a lifetime of public service. He served our country in Korea as a soldier, our community as PUD Commissioner, and our City as an educator, civic organizer, and serial volunteer for good causes. There is hardly community cause of note in Sedro-Woolley that has not felt his touch. He served in city government and volunteered in civic and church organizations for decades. From playing Santa for the kids, to providing for Sedro-Woolley's Community Thanksgiving for over 25 years, Bill touched thousands of our citizens' lives.

Born and raised in Sedro-Woolley, Bill followed in his father's footsteps as a community leader; they made history as Sedro-Woolley's only father and son Mayors. As Mayor from 1992 to 1995, Bill had an enormous impact on Sedro-Woolley. He leaves a tremendous legacy for many generations to come and will be sorely missed by those who worked with him, those he served and the whole Sedro-Woolley community.

The people of Sedro-Woolley owe a debt of gratitude to Bill for his selfless service to our City, and to the entire Stendal family for sharing him with us."

Mayor Wagoner and the City Council will recognize and honor Bill Stendal's lifetime of service at the City Council meeting on March 8th; Sunday, March 12th will be declared Bill Stendal Day in Sedro-Woolley.