William R. Kilpatrick
1927 - 2020
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February 2, 1927 – September 7, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Alberta. Dear father of Michael (Dawn), Tom (Lisa), Nancy (Ron) Muir, Mary Conversano, and Kathy (Glenn) Speer. Proud grandfather of 8 and great-grandfather of 3. Bill spent his entire career serving others. After serving his country in the U.S. Coast Guard, he attended Bowling Green State University. Upon graduation, he accepted a teaching job in Adrian, MI, where he met Alberta, who would become his wife of 56 years. They moved to Dearborn together to raise their 5 children. Bill worked for 33 years in Dearborn Public Schools as a teacher, coach, and administrator. Bill was a member of many community service organizations and also served as a member of the Dearborn Recreation Commission. During his tenure as Recreation Director, he spearheaded many efforts to provide the people of Dearborn with outstanding recreational programs and facilities, including the transformation of the Dearborn Hills Golf Course and Mystic Creek Golf Course, a comprehensive renovation of Ford Woods Park, and the creation of both Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center and the Dearborn Ice Skating Center, named William Kilpatrick Arena in his honor. Bill was a man of faith and family who cherished time with his friends who gathered weekly at his home. Memorial Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dearborn on Monday Septenber 14 at 11 a.m. Donations in Bill’s memory are appreciated to Angela Hospice and The Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

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Published in Heritage Newspapers from Sep. 9 to Sep. 13, 2020.
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September 20, 2020
Our deepest sympathy and love for a fantastic man and neighbor. Much love to his family and many blessings. Love, Ken and Linda Walega and family.
Ken and Linda Walega
Friend
September 14, 2020
Coach Kilpatrick was a man of great integrity who took seriously what it meant to be “the adult in the room” (or on the court). He understood that games were play, but also ways of modeling life-enhancing future behaviors. We had the great good fortune of his generous attention at a time in our lives when it mattered.
Dr George Abbott White
Student
September 13, 2020
Bill was always so generous and kind. He lived life to the fullest and was always the life of the party. He always made my week when he came to Cariera's every single Saturday. We will miss you! Rest in peace my friend.
Cathy Cariera
Friend
September 12, 2020
From Lafayette, Ca to Cabo San Lucas, only one man could make an Irish coffee like no other- Bill!!!. Your warmth, humor, and smile will be missed so much. All our love to the family- Blaise and Em
Emily Fettig
Friend
September 11, 2020
Bill demonstrated a warm heart and humble countenance. A fun guy on the tennis courts.
Dennis Tino
Friend
September 11, 2020
RIP coach EFHS
Jerry McLean
Friend
September 11, 2020
From a casual meeting at a bus stop, a lifelong friendship of 74 years evolved including best man at weddings, working together, coaching, attending college and rooming , etc. etc. You couldn't find a better buddy,
ronald campbell
September 10, 2020
Mr. Kilpatrick was always pleasant and kind . I have many fond memories of our time spent with the Kilpatrick family at Camp Dearborn over the years. I would still run into him around Dearborn through the years and he would always smile and say hello. So sorry for the loss of your dear dad.
Maureen Muldowney Whittaker
Friend
September 10, 2020
I enjoyed working with Bill at the City as well as playing tennis with Bill and the beverages afterward for many years. What a great guy and he will be missed. RIP Bill.
John Grawburg
Friend
September 10, 2020
On behalf of the Capuchin brothers, I offer my deepest sympathies on the passing of William. It is truly humbling to receive memorial donations in honor of William's life. Please be assured of the brother's prayers for the entire Kilpatrick family during this great time of grief. May perpetual light shine upon William.
Br Nick Blattner Ofm Capuchin
Friend
September 10, 2020
RIP, Coach.
Gary Hegler
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