On Friday, early morning commuters will witness an outpouring of reverence and remembrance for a man who for over fifty years touched the lives of Kirkland residents. Friends and family of the late Bill Petter will walk Lake Washington Boulevard in his honor, waving to commuters as Bill did for years.
Bill Petter, the long-time Kirkland resident and former owner of Bel-Kirk Motors, passed away from a heart attack on Monday at the age of 79. The businessman, community supporter and philanthropist was active in the City of Kirkland as a bank director, twice elected as President of the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing. He strongly supported the Kirkland Kiwanis Club, as well as its regional and national affiliations.
In a letter to KING5, Benjamin Petter, grandson of the late Bill Petter, invites the news station to join Kirklanders in this tribute.
Bill Petter of Kirkland passed away on Monday, March 21st. His warm heart, honest generosity, and fun-loving spirit will be greatly missed. As we celebrate his life and mourn his passing, we would like to pay tribute to some of the things which made 'BP' so special...
Among other many civic contributions, Bill Petter brightened the hearts of early morning commuters with his legendary 'Mickey Mouse' wave while walking Lake Washington Boulevard between downtown Kirkland and Carillon Point every weekday morning for the last 25 or so years. BP had started walking as a component of a healthy lifestyle, and started waving to the passing cars. As the wave evolved, his big smile, Mickey Mouse gloves, and positive energy had become renowned throughout the Kirkland community...
In memory of Grandpa Bill's Morning Boulevard Walk, we are organizing a farewell wave this Friday, March 25th.
[box type="note"] Note: the start time has changed from 5:30 AM to 6:00 AM to accommodate KING5's morning news schedule.[/box]
The gathering of family, friends old and new, business and community partners and well wishers will be meeting at 90 Central Way in Kirkland at 6:00 AM. The procession will walk the Boulevard to Carillon Point and back, donned in red coats and waving to the early morning commuters. Just like Bill used to do on his morning walks.
A fitting tribute a man who touched the hearts of so many.