H. William "Bill" Kirkwood
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Kirkwood, H. William "Bill", a long time County of Orange, retired senior manager, Bill Kirkwood, 81, died at his home in Huntington Beach on Wednesday, May 14th 2008 of a rare and fast-moving neurological disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, of CJD. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy air force in the South Pacific. After the War, he enrolled at Hillsdale College in Michigan where he earned a degree in History. Bill began his nearly 30 years of service with the County in 1960 as a Right-of-Way Agent with the Dept. of Real Property, where he organized the first property management division. In 1964, Bill became the Administrative Services Officer for the Orange County Public Library System and for more than a decade played a leading role in shaping its growth by initiating the computerization of the libraries cataloging and acquisitions inventory, by developing its first facilities master plan and by publishing a history of the library. Bill was selected as Director of Administration of the newly formed General Services Agency in 1977 and guided it through the perilous years after the adoption of Prop 13. In 1985, Bill was appointed as Assistant Director of GSA/Waste Management Program, were he reorganized the new department, supervised fiscal long range planning and developed a state of the art automation system for the new Bee Canyon Landfill. Bill found his career with the county fulfilling and was always community service minded serving as President of the Uptown Lions Club twice while with the County, and was Coordinator of the County's charitable campaigns for several years and served on many other committees. He retired in 1988. Bill continued his involvement with the County after his retirement through membership in the Retired Employees Association of Orange County, REAOC, and served as President for more than ten years. He has also served as volunteer treasurer and president of the California Retired County Employees association, CRCEA. He was in his sixth year as president of CRCEA at the time of his death. Through his knowledge and leadership of retiree issues Bill has been an important source of help and information to the local retiree associations throughout the state. His endeavors have contributed to the wellbeing of countless retirees. Bill was an expert snow skier. He loved the sport and skied 30 to 40 days per year. He was an active, vital man who also loved playing duplicate bridge. He and his wife of 32 years, Carol, had a fabulous trip to Egypt and Jordon in February. Bill is also survived by his four children: Chris, Scott, Karen and Cindy and their mother, June, step daughter, Karen and five grandchildren. He will be missed by his family and many friends. A Memorial Service will be held June 14th at the Seagate Clubhouse in Huntington Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CJD Foundation or your favorite charity.

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Published in Orange County Register on May 25, 2008.
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June 28, 2008
Your the coolest Dad ever
June 28, 2008
Nephew Dale.....Thanks!
June 28, 2008
Good to see Gar,Susan,Steve and Mike
June 28, 2008
Karen J
June 28, 2008
Grand kids Kevin and Gayland
June 28, 2008
Cory, Laura, and Nick.....Rare getogether
June 23, 2008
Walking down the aisle
June 19, 2008
Pop and his girls with Russian hats
June 19, 2008
Celebration of Bill's Life
June 18, 2008
The first time our sister, Carol, brought Bill to our mother's home in San Jose for a family gathering, he was wearing a burgundy colored polyester suit and white shoes. We were surprised that our sis, always the pinnacle of S.F. Bay Area fashion had brought this version of SoCal chic home for the holiday.
Bill quickly learned a classier way to dress and in turn taught us a classier way to live. What was that unique genius Bill had that instantly attracted you to him no matter how disparate your views, your age, your religion, your ethnicity, your walk of life?
When you met Bill, you felt that he instantly accepted you, unconditionally, for who you were at that moment. When you have nothing to prove, it makes you feel great--free to accept yourself, a fresh concept for many of us. We will remember a dichotomous man: Bill's ease was his grace; Bill's warmth was his coolness; Bill's naivety was his sagacity; Bill's acceptance was his strength
Mary Kuki
June 16, 2008
Thanks for the party Uncle Bill.
Gar Mowery
June 11, 2008
Bill was like a father to me, he was one of the Constant features of Lake Arrowhead, Always helpful and considerate. I will miss him dearly.
My sincere condolances to his whole family. PHILLIP AT ARROWHEAD
Phillip Sahagian
June 10, 2008
Bill was an old friend, dating back to his days at the library. It was an honor and a privilege to know and work with him. Our deepest sympathy to Carol and his family.
Roger & Cheryle Hoff
June 10, 2008
Bill was a great guy, always had a smile on his face and a helping hand. He was a leader with many ideas up his sleeve for improvements and continuity. We knew him best for his involvement in Wanderlust Ski Club. Our best to Carol and his family.
Frieda and Bob Koester
June 8, 2008
What a mentor Bill was for our Wanderlust Ski Club. He was always there for anybody or for a task that needed to be done in the club. We are naming our annual ski race in honor of Bill as he had such passion for skiing. We all loved Bill and will keep him in our hearts.
Trudy and Bill
June 8, 2008
I only knew Bill for a few days. What he conveyed and what I garnered are immeasurable. It will last me a lifetime. Thank You. Those of you who really new him, I can only imagine your gratefulness and sorrow.
John W. Ross III
June 1, 2008
Last Trip to San Fran/ Chris
June 1, 2008
Uncle Bill
You were a man I always looked up to and strived to be like and found that to be a challange. I will miss you deeply say Hello to mom joan & john and Grandma I will always drive at 10-2 until we meet again.

Nephew
Dale Mowery
May 31, 2008
Bill Kirkwood had two careers. One with the County of Orange, and the other serving, enhancing and protecting the benefits for County retirees throughout Orange County and the state of California. He was a skilled and talented volunteer.
Bill de la Garza
May 31, 2008
The road without You/ Album unfinished
May 31, 2008
The 70's Guess who's who
May 31, 2008
Chris's Wedding
May 31, 2008
Caught in Thought-Grand Daughter's Wedding
May 29, 2008
Bill will remain in my memory as an amazingly enegetic, inspiring and a forward looking visionary -- all wrapped up in one of the nicest and most competent person you could hope to meet. He will be missed, but his passion will live on. Our sympathies go out to his family as well as all he served.
Louis Scarpino
May 28, 2008
Bill Kirkwood was an icon in my life. He was my friend and he will always be in my heart and in my thoughts until the one day I see him again. David Crockett
david Crockett
May 28, 2008
Uncle Bill.

Words and tributes cannot express the magnitude of this man in our family.
Cathy Mowery
May 27, 2008
Kirk's 50th Carol w/ Davey & Wendy
May 27, 2008
Dad's girls.
May 27, 2008
Its been a good ride.
May 27, 2008
Ellwood with B & C
May 27, 2008
Ellwoods Grad ......many parties
May 27, 2008
Here comes the exam
May 27, 2008
Dec get togther
May 27, 2008
KK to the rescue
May 27, 2008
Brothers in fall? In red? Brothers in all
May 27, 2008
Cindi & Karen rock the mall
May 27, 2008
After ripping all day.
May 27, 2008
Snowmass reunion/2003
May 26, 2008
We will always remember Bill as a real "charmer". His sense of humor was great and he always made you feel good when you around him. We will also remember the great times we shared with him on our ski trips. We will miss his great smile and spirit.
Carol, our love goes out to you and your family.

Jack & Cooie
Jack & Cooie Dampman
May 26, 2008
May 26, 2008
Bells in September
May 25, 2008
Mrs. Kirkwood: I spoke with you at Floyd McLellan's memorial service, May 10. I admired your courage for coming to represent your husband at that service. We both know how special those County employees are. I wish to offer my sympathy and love and prayers that you will know the peace of God at this difficult time. (My husband, Winston passed away April 17.) Blessings to you and your family.
Emma Mettke
May 25, 2008
I didn't meet Bill Kirkwood until after my retirement when I joined REAOC. He was so knowledgeable about county affairs and I always felt he had our interests at heart. I looked forward to seeing him at the luncheon meetings. He will be missed.
Harriette Perkins
May 25, 2008
Dear Kirkwood Family:
I knew Mr. Kirkwood when I worked for the County GSA as a secretary. He always had a smile and a hello, even for "just" a secretary, and I appreciated that about him. Later, as a retiree myself, his hard work for the REAOC was also appreciated. My heartfelt sympathy to all of you for the loss of a very special person,
Linda Jones (aka Moquist)
Linda Jones
May 25, 2008
A lovable rascal with whom we shared many smiles. My heartfelt sympathies go out to his family.
Shirley Wilson
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