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Remembering Bill Henningsgaard

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It is with the heaviest of hearts that we are connecting with you today.

We are very sorry to inform the SVP family and our whole community that Bill Henningsgaard and his son, Maxwell Henningsgaard, were involved in a fatal airplane accident.  Bill and Max were on a trip to the East Coast, where they were visiting colleges.  The loss of Bill and Max is tragic.

Many of you know first-hand how the extraordinary and visionary leadership of Bill Henningsgaard was visible all over this community.  He worked tirelessly to build partnerships and facilitate efforts that put us on the path of engaging the community to actively support every child, step by step, from cradle to career.  Bill walked the talk to make our community stronger.

There are hundreds of people that have a story about Bill – when he went the extra mile, when he knew just the right thing to say, how he would never give up. He was truly all-in for this community, heart, mind and soul. After he did just about everything he could at SVP and then Youth Eastside Services, he moved on to i-labs and now Eastside Pathways, and many other points along the way. One of the true losses is how much more he had to give, but his legacy is one of authentic, caring commitment to this world.

We know you will join the SVP Board and Staff in extending deepest condolences to Bill’s wife and Max’s mom, Susan Sullivan, their daughters and the family of the two young girls who also lost their lives.  They are all in our thoughts and hearts.

In lieu of flowers, the Henningsgaard/Sullivan family respectfully requests that donations be made:

For Bill, the family invites you to invest in our community, like he did, and make donations to any of the Eastside Pathways partners.

For Max, Camp Kiwanilong, located in Warrenton, Oregon.  It was a special place for Max for many years.  He leaves behind many memories and friends.

A memorial service for Bill and Max Henningsgaard will be held on Friday, August 16th at 1:00 PM. The service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue at 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

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