Bill Roe
1950 - 2020
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Bill Roe

Bill Roe aka William Kirby was born 9/18/1950 in Seattle. He was the second of 6 children of Harold and Ellen Roe. Bill died sometime the evening of 2/28/2020 of a massive heart attack. Earlier that afternoon, he had completed the set up of a cross country course he designed for Bear Mountain, Victoria, met with the team of event organizers, and had dinner with his track friends. A perfect day.

Bill's childhood and youth displayed talent in creating and building. Trains & erector sets, Lincoln logs and brio trains were among the favorites. He also loved reading. He attended Maple Leaf Elementary, Jane Addams Junior High and Nathan Hale High. There began his life long love of track and field; especially cross country. The late Coach Brock Hogle discovered Bill's talent lay in organizing and tracking stats, rather than competing in meets. He was a founder of Club Northwest. His voice was famous on the PA systems; he deeply loved the All Comers summer Wednesday night meets. He created a famous Whidbey cross country retreat for WWU teams for 30 years.

Bill was kind, honest, trusting, and he shared his talents with generosity and humor. Coach Bill believed in thousands of athletes and they became better on and off the track. He remembered everyone he coached.

He had friends everywhere he went; his happiest place was New Zealand where he spent the past December and January. Darts, World famous Up n Up, any hotel in any country became home as he was surrounded by friends.

Bill loved Century 21 World's Fair, The NY Mets, Barbra Streissand, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek and Star Wars. He faithfully did cross word and soduku puzzles. He love Alsorts candy and beer; not necessarily in that order. He was family Trivial Pursuits champ; his memory was phenomenal. He had a soft spot for his nieces and nephews. He made sure they had Lincoln logs and Brio trains and huge stuffed animals. He was the gravy expert and chief dish doer at every family event; always serving wherever he was. shares Bill's accomplishments in the larger track world. Bill was devoted 100% to his passion and shared it all his life. He is irreplaceable. His life was 100% on course.

Bill's Wake is scheduled Sunday,

June 7, 1:00-4:00 pm at Depot Market Square, Bellingham.

Remembrances to Club Northwest.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 15, 2020.
01:00 - 04:00 PM
Depot Market Square
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March 19, 2020
Bill and I were roommates at the Trak House as students at the UW and on the track team in the early '70s. I am saddened to hear of his death at such a "young" age. My condolences goes out to his family.
-- Larry Edwards
Larry Edwards
March 19, 2020
So many of us have positive Bill Roe memories. He made the world a more enjoyable place. And will be missed.
Wendy Krakauer
March 17, 2020
He always did the right thing and for the right reason's. I man who was calm under fire and a great decision maker. He will truly be missed in the TF world.
Cathy Sellers
March 16, 2020
A fantastic guy! He left doing what he loved. We should all be so lucky. Youll be greatly missed!
Sue Humphrey
March 15, 2020
One of the great contribitors to the sport.
David Mora
March 15, 2020
We will miss you Bill, RIP
Pat Kenworthy
March 15, 2020
So appreciate Bill's complete dedication and constant encouragement. Grateful to have raced for Club Northwest, and benefitted from the hard work of Bill and others to allow me to chase my dreams. Thank you Bill! Ray McClanahan
March 15, 2020
Bill Roe at the USATF National XC Championships in Bend, Oregon 06 Feb 2016
Rest in Peace, Bill.
You contributed over so many years and always in a self-less manner at the local, regional, national, area and international levels and never lost your focus. Thank you for all you contributions to the greater family of Athletics (Track & Field)
Peter Thompson
March 15, 2020
Bill Roe at the USATF National XC Championships in Bend, Oregon 06 Feb 2016
Peter John L. Thompson
March 15, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Derrick Galvan
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