William McGlashen
1958 - 2014
December 7, 1958
August 4, 2014
Heights Funeral Home
1317 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77008
William "Bill"
McGlashen, 55, passed away from a short illness on August 5, surrounded by family. He was born in Lapeer, Michigan on December 7, 1958.
William attended Cy-Fair High School and Southwest Texas State University.
After college, William joined Memorial Herman Hospital and acted as their communication and PR point person. He also worked on many political campaigns which includes the likes of John Connelly and Ronald Regan.
His passion for travel and politics led him to the airline industry. William joined the young airline, America West, in 1989 as a flight attendant. He was a founding officer of America West's AFA Council 66 serving on the AFA Master Executive Council at America West from 1994-2007, and on the Joint Negotiations Committee during the US Airways-America West merger. Bill was the Executive Assistant to the International President of the AFA in Washington DC from 2007-2010. He also served on Department of Transportation, Department of Labor and served on a special committee on trade agreements, focusing on European Union - U.S. and China Open Skies. He led efforts to pass legislation including the McCaskill-Bond amendment and FMLA reform for crewmembers.
Most recently, William was instrumental in the merger between US Airlines and American Airlines. His tireless work on Capitol Hill helped to solidify the merger of these two airline giants. William recently relocated to Dallas, Texas to become American Airlines Director of Labor Communications.
William is survived by his parents, Daryl and Nancy McGlashen, his son Reed McGlashen and fiancée Jessica, his brothers Brian and Marshall and his sisters Pamela and Holly. His brother and sister-in-laws Claire, Renae, Anna and Todd, his nieces and nephews Scott, Robin, Emilie, Tyler, Jackson, Caroline and Brooke. He was preceded in death by his brother Tim McGlashen.
Join William's family at a memorial service to be held on Saturday, August 9, at 1:00 p.m. at Unity Church, 2929 Unity Drive, Houston.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations, in William's honor, to the Pegasus Fund or The American Airlines Family Fund, C/O American Airlines Community Relations, 4333 Amon Carter Blvd., MD 5575 Fort Worth, Texas.

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Published by Houston Chronicle on Aug. 8, 2014.
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Heaven has Welcomed a Kind, Gentle, Man, with the biggest Smile.
My Sympathy to Your Family

Bill did one of his first few AWA flights, on one of my trips. I couldn't resist initiating this new, enthusiastic, young lad, into the company, with anything less than some good old "Galley Hag Hazing."
I've been picking on him ever since, as if he were my little brother.
He worked hard, with a Superior set of Work Ethics, and
We laughed hard, until tears would roll down our faces.
I'll miss you, my friend.

Karen Volcheff
Karen Volcheff
August 16, 2014
Thoughts and prayers going out to the families.
Kiki Campbell
August 12, 2014
May God Bless you and your family forever.
From The Bullock Family
Karen Bullock
August 12, 2014
My deepest condolences to the McGlashen family. Bill was a colleague, friend and mentor who always had a kind, encouraging word to say. He was a great leader and a tremendous friend, the sort of person who inspires you to be better and kinder than you were the day before. A wise person once said, "We all need someone who inspires us to do better." Bill McGlashen was one of those people. It was an honor to know him. I will always remember Bill as a person that I look up to. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Janelle Bernales
August 11, 2014
What a loss , Bill was instrumental in implementing contract changes that improved the quality of life for all those flight attendants, both at America West as well as US Airways. I knew him from my years at the airlines and found him to be a very kind, sincere and approachable human being. He made a lasting impression on me, he will be sorely missed. My love to his family. Kerri Hellyer
Kerri Hellyer
August 11, 2014
Bill will be so missed here, he was such a good person and had the biggest heart.
My prayers are with you all.
Debra Frahm-Galloway
August 11, 2014
A great man who will truly be missed. Prayers and thoughts to family.
Buddy Brannon
August 10, 2014
Bill you have left a mark on this Earth. May you rest in Peace . Terry Graf
August 10, 2014
To the family, I want you to know that Bill was such a Light! A Light that guided many of us in several ways! He will TRULY be missed! My prayers are with you all of you. He guided us here on earth, and you know he will also be a leader in heaven!
LaLita Lockett
August 10, 2014
August 9, 2014
To the McGlashen family,
You truly have been given a gift from God when Bill was given to you!
Whether you only just met Bill or knew him for 25 or 30 years, he would have considered you a friend.
Flying with him was a pleasure, being supported by him was an honor but being called "friend" by him was a treasure.
Bill's life was obviously filled with friends and he genuinely cared for, each and everyone.
It's a rarity to actually meet someone that can change your life for the better in just knowing them... Bill was that kind of man.
I pray that your family finds comfort in knowing that Bill made a difference in everything he did!
God bless you all and I pray you feel God's peace and His comfort during this time.
And Reed, you look just like your dad!! You are blessed!
Karyl Wood
August 9, 2014
I will miss our evenings of watching early Hitchcock movies. You made my life better by being in it and being my friend. The good always leave us much too early. Rest in Peace, Will.
Sam DiTuro
August 9, 2014
Bill was an amazing person and a great friend. He will be missed but never forgotten. Rest In Peace my friend....!!!

Philip & Christina Dixon (Elgin, OK)
August 9, 2014
Bill was not with us long enough. He has improved the lives of so many, mine included. I will truly miss my friend and my heart goes out to his family and everyone who loved him.
Toni Higgins
August 9, 2014
My prayers are with his family.... He was a good friend and co-worker to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.... Such a huge loss....
Robyn Fochtman
August 9, 2014
Bill was with us every step of the way, from 2007 when we were trying to get AFA on our property, to our contract last year. He was a wonderful mentor, passionate human being, hugely respected by all. He had integrity, charm, intelligence, compassion, and class. He and I also connected over our love to my homeland, and his ancestral home, Scotland.

This inspiring, wonderful human being, who did so much for labor in general, who tirelessly fought for each and every one of us with every ounce of his being, who has done so much for the advancement of FA working conditions, who supported FAs who have come and gone.

We owe an awful lot to this inspirational human being. He will never be forgotten, and most definitely gone too soon from this world. Our hearts, minds and souls mourn for his loss.
Catriona Bagley
August 9, 2014
Sending thoughts and prayers to the McGlashen family. You always think that there will be another chance to meet up with the relatives you haven't seen for a few decades... but life can change so quickly!

I remember Billy as the sort-of-red-headed cousin who had the most impish smile ever... and very cool cowboy boots that he, Tim, and Brian showed off to us when visiting after you all moved to Texas. "Have to watch out for snakes down there," you told us Michiganders.

Bill grew up--yet kept his smile, if not his boots. It's amazing to see the impact he had on the people in his life.

We need more Billies in this world, not fewer. As he rests in peace, may we catch his spark and passion and spread it in our own ways to make the world a better place.
Beth Petro Roybal
August 8, 2014
My thoughts are with you and your family. You always have a smile and a kind word for everyone, so it's difficult for me to think of you in the past tense. We will miss you always and never forget your thoughtful ways and bright smile.
Terri Brock
August 8, 2014
Rest In Peace. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
From Riveros Family
Jaime Riveros
August 8, 2014
gone to soon, a wonderful
life of giving, always gave his best - thanks for your gifts and may you rest in peace.
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Joe Wieslander
August 8, 2014
What can one say when no words are adequate to soothe the pain of such a great loss? Bill was an exceptional human being. I am better for having known him. To his family and friends, my thoughts and prayers are for you and with you during this incredibly difficult time.

Mark L. Littleton
Mark Littleton
August 8, 2014
May your sweet memories give you comfort and my God give you strength.
Linda Lemon
August 8, 2014
Kim Mayne-Sasser
August 8, 2014
I am very thankful that you were part of my life. You were a great friend.
Mary Cost
August 8, 2014
Bill was one of the good guys, gone way too soon. I am thankful that my life's path crossed his at AFA. He made a difference. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Mary Beth Ziegler
August 8, 2014
My heart goes out to Bill's family amd friends. I knew Bill for along time and shared a few laughs along the way. He was a well repected man and will be missed greatly. I am sure the Lord has a plan for Bill, i shall miss him!
Stephanie Vonbank
August 8, 2014
Bill was one of the first flight attendants that I worked with at America West, and one of the nicest that I came to know. I remember standing with him at gate B9 or DHing home from LAS like it was yesterday. Bill, you will be missed very much, you are a HP legacy.
Dawn DiRanna-Callahan
August 8, 2014
Your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Richard Heidecker
August 8, 2014
Bill was a kind, generous, articulate and intelligent man who helped better the lives of his fellow flight attendants, as well as help our airline (AWA) survive after the attacks of 9/11. He was a mentor to so many, including myself. I am particularly grateful for his help in ensuring The Pegasus Project was there to help fellow flight attendants in need. God bless his family and friends as we say goodbye, for now, to this wonderful man! Love you Bill!
Nicki Kirkeby
August 8, 2014
Bill was a great friend, coworker, very well respected and taken from us way to soon. God has now gained an Angel and has big plans for him. He will be missed greatly. My love and prayers to your family. Bernie Thomas Flight Attendant AWA/US Airways/American Airlines Phoenix
August 8, 2014
Thinking about all the Daryl and Nancy McGlashen children, always special, I know my mom(Vera Moore) was very proud of him and he will be missed by his family
Shelley Nulton
August 8, 2014
A good man. A very good man.
Mindy Graeber
August 8, 2014
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Jennifer Hoglund
August 8, 2014
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

GOD BLESS YOU. The McMenemy Family
August 8, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers to your family.
Dee Cox
August 8, 2014
I am so so sorry for your loss. My heart is just breaking over the loss of a member of my airline family. Bill was very loved and will be very missed. Debbie Orkin
August 8, 2014
Bill was a Great Union Brother and even a Greater Friend. I will miss him b
Frank Trotti
August 8, 2014
While we have lost a great friend. God has gained an angel. I pray my son was there to meet such a great soul and to welcome him home. I keep in my prayers that all his loved ones will gain the strength to get through these days one day at a time. We will always love you Bill and you will never be forgotten. You have touched us all.
Dawn Rud
August 8, 2014
Bill was a kind man. A well respected man. A Gentleman. A friend to all who knew him. He genuinely cared about everyone he met. I will truly miss him.
Sheri Zuniga-Watson
August 8, 2014
Bill will be missed by so many people!
Susan Lindsey
August 8, 2014
Rest In Peace, my friend. Until we meet again. Meller Lee Cheatham
August 8, 2014
Our airline family have lost a good man far too soon. Thoughts and prayers to the McGlashen family. Bill will be missed by all.
Jim Gillespie
August 8, 2014
Bill, you left this world way to soon! You are going to be missed by so many people. You were such a caring, hard working man who impacted so many of us, Rest in peace my friend...
To the McGlashen family.... I am sending many thoughts and prayers your way. The impact Bill made on so many of us is hard to put into words...he was simply one of a kind
Mary Lainson
August 8, 2014
You really made a difference for all of us and for that we thank you. You will be in our hearts forever and will always remember that smile and wonderful loving personality. We were the lucky ones to have known you. God we pray for Bill and his family at this difficult time
Susan Donlan
August 7, 2014
Bill, I have always and will always adore you. Many many hearts are broken and devastated. Like your brother, you were stolen from us way way too soon.
Susan A. Szczygielski
August 7, 2014
What a great loss his airline family is feeling. Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. He will be truly missed. He was such a giving and kind soul. RIP Bill your flying high now forever
ksthy weishan
August 7, 2014
Bill was an amazing man and I learned so much from him. My condolences to his family.
Sonia Hall
August 7, 2014
I remember calling the office and when he answered the phone he shared what he had the least of. TIME. Thank you, rest in peace knowing you were respected and loved by so many.
Pamela Voshall
August 7, 2014
You will forever be a guiding light for the flight attendants of legacy America West. Thank you for your friendship and leadership. Fly high.
Lou Brandon
August 7, 2014
When I got the email I was so hoping that I read the name wrong. I loved Bill. He was so brilliant, eloquent and so fun. He had such a twinkle in his eye and such a great smile. What an incredible man!
Carol Gibson-Bailey
August 7, 2014
It was my honor to have worked closely with Bill over the years, and knew him to be a truly exceptional guy: smart, charismatic, a strong leader, a caring friend. My condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues.
Capt. Don Steinman, US Airways
August 7, 2014
You will live on in all of us. You touched so many lives in your lifetime. I looked up to you as a mentor and friend. I will always remember your drive and passion for organized union work. Rest in peace my friend. Your work here is done.
Robyn Walters
August 7, 2014
Rest in Peace Dear Bill may GOD wrap his arms around you in his embrace......Good bye for now......Alan Jackson
August 7, 2014
Rest in Peace Bill, You left this world too soon. You will be missed
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Ulla Bucko
August 7, 2014
Since the day I took office you were there to offer a helping hand. Thank you for everything, you will be missed.
Robert Barrow
August 7, 2014
Dear Mc Glashen family our deepest sympathy and condolences . We have great memories thank you for sharing such a wonderful human being and friend God Bless ??
Tim and Shelly Walter
August 7, 2014
I have so many cherished memories of Bill. He means so much to me and my son.
We developed a very close friendship while at America West, and when I left, he ensured that I knew how much I meant to the airline and to him.
After 9-11, my son joined the armed forces, when I found out that he was deploying to Iraq, Bill ensured that he was there to support me. He knew I was scared beyond belief but we both were so proud of him. When he returned from his deployment, it was fitting to have Bill right there to greet him with us, Bill is a part of our family.
Of course, him being from Michigan and me from Ohio, football season was always so much fun (especially for me, as most of the time the Buckeyes won).
We shared a love of sports, and would chat tirelessly about whichever sport was playing at the time.
I admired his love of history, he would tell me of the book he was currently reading and give me a synopsis of it and then say, you really need to read this book.
I always thought that I would see him in politics, and told him numerous times that just say the word and I would campaign tirelessly for him (as many would have done as well).
Many love Bill, and as you go through this guest book, you will get a glimpse of a man that has touched so many lives, and so many who love and respect him. He did so much for so many.
He loved his family so very much and was so proud of you all. I would sit and listen to him talk about you, the smile on his face and the twinkle in his eyes spoke volumes, I knew how much he loved you all.
Thank you for bringing this man into the world. I believe he made it a better place for all of us who knew him.
Sherri Kelly
August 7, 2014
Bill will be so, missed. he was a very kind hearted person , my thoughts and prayers are with the family. We will miss him so so much. rest in peace Bill , Rest in Peace ....

Kay Thomas
Kay Thomas
August 7, 2014
There are not enough words to describe what an amazing man Bill was, a son, brother, father, uncle and the most incredible friend you could have. We could talk for hours on the phone, sitting in a restaurant, or chatting at a reunion, or in the airport, it was always such a pleasure to spend time with Bill, he will be missed. May you rest in peace my dear friend.
Sheila Fisk-Herr
August 7, 2014
Bill exuded kindness, class, and a zest for his career that was so admired by his peers and coworkers. You did not need to know him well to look up to him. He was an amazing presence an amazing person. To his family may God hold you close in this hard time.
Mara Reynolds
August 7, 2014
No words can express my deepest sympayhy.
Amazing kind intelligent man.
Patti Lewis
August 7, 2014
For those of us who started as youngsters at AWA, we really were a family. We were so young, and we had so much fun, and for those of us who were there at the beginning of trials and tribulations of the company, there is a bond. We all grew up together, that's why with a heavy heart when someone passes from those days, it is like losing a family member. We love you Bill, you did so much, thank you for letting us be a part of your life.
Dolly Wood
August 7, 2014
Bill was an amazing person. Always thought of the other person. We will miss him.
Questa Elizondo
August 7, 2014
Love and Prayers from Charlotte NC AFA. Bill was loved and he will be loved and missed.
cathy bossi
August 7, 2014
A true gentleman with a heart of gold! A gentle man with a kind soul. Rest in peace dear Bill. You will be missed!
Caryl Foster
August 7, 2014
McGlashen Family, I was shocked to here of Bill's passing. My thoughts and Prayers are with your family. I was honored to work with Bill at America West, he worked very hard for all of us and it was greatly appreciated on my end! He will be missed!
Jennie Garcia-Boe
August 7, 2014
Bill was kind and helpful to everyone. I will never forget his Beautiful,kind soul.Thank you to his Family for sharing him with us.Bill is with Jesus now and will be with us all from Heaven.
Teresa Stone
August 7, 2014
Dearest McGlashen Family...Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for you all right now. Please know that you're all in my heart and that during this time, I wish nothing for you but peace and comfort. Bill was an intricate part of my life for many years...years filled with many cherished memories. I hope that with time, your burden will be lightened as memories of happier times fill the void. All my love and condolences.
Bruce Davies
Bruce Davies
August 7, 2014
A great friend and co-worker who will be missed by many. The memories I have of Bill will be cherished. Praying for his family to find the strength to move on without such a great son, brother, uncle, father and friend. Bill you will be missed.
Ramon Quintana
August 7, 2014
Bill was such an amazing person. He made a difference in more lives than he will ever know. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.
Erika Schweitzer
August 7, 2014
Bill was an extraordinary person who made life better for so many. He will be missed.
Rebekah Friend
August 7, 2014
May the love of friends and family carry you through your time.
Aleta and Rocco Corvelli
August 7, 2014
Bill was my friend. A friend who worked tirelessly on issues that impacted the Flight Attendants at his airline and many others. His tenacity and wit will be sorely missed by all of us. God Speed.
Maribeth Weber-Kuhn
August 7, 2014
My thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time. Bill was a class act and incredible person who will be deeply missed by many, including me.
Jamie Lynn McClay
August 7, 2014
Bill was quite a bright light and a lovely man, who I'm sure will never be forgotten. He made such a positive impact on me and so many in this world. With love and deepest sympathy, Janette Rook (formerly NWA-AFA MECP at Northwest Airlines)
Janette Rook
August 7, 2014
There's a big hole in the world Bill lived in. I know his family is as heartbroken as his many, many friends. Please know we share your sorrow on the loss of this incredible man.

Patricia Friend
Patricia Friend
August 7, 2014