William Long Hollingsworth, 60, suffered a heart attack at his residence on January 11, 2013, and died shortly thereafter.
"Officer Bill" was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to William and Adele Hollingsworth. He was a police officer in Westport, Connecticut, from 1975-1983. He came to Alaska in 1983, and joined the Anchorage Police Department in 1983. He retired from APD in November 2012, and at that time he was one of only four officers from his 1983 academy class still at APD.
Bill was recently profiled on Channel 2 as the "friendliest cop" at APD. He handled his job with a unique combination of understanding, firmness and humor. He always, always had a joke to tell, and he took pride in de-escalating situations by saying to someone he just arrested "If you get in the back of the car peacefully, I'll tell you a joke." And they did. And his jokes were great. Well, usually.
On many occasions he would buy a sandwich or coffee for a homeless person, or give cab fare to a person whose car he had just ordered towed. And his fellow officers always knew that he had their back.
Bill had so many friends, and he was frequently busy meeting one or another for lunch. He loved to buy gadgets, and he wouldn't buy just one. He'd buy two, or three or four, and then give away the extras.
In 2006 he met and married the love of his life, Dorine ("Dee"). They were together always, and looking forward to retirement. Dee describes their seven years together as the best of her life.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Adele Hollingsworth. He is survived by his wife Dee; sisters Corinne Wohlforth and Carol Hollingsworth; brothers Richard and Stephen Hollingsworth, a niece and several nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19, at Faith Christian Community Church, 4240 Wisconsin, Anchorage. At his request, Bill will be cremated. Evergreen Memorial Chapel is assisting.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Anchorage, 561-5322.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, 2013