Celebration of Life:
6/2/2008 The family invites all who knew Bill to join them at a service celebrating his life on Monday, June 2, 2008, 6:30pm, at the Aurora Center for Active Adults, 30 Del Mar Circle, in Aurora. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 455 Sherman Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80203. http://www.alz.org/co
William Edward Stiles, Jr.
William Edward Stiles, Jr. (1925-2008)
Bill Stiles grew up in Rockville, Connecticut, the son of Irish-American mill workers. When he was 17 years old, he joined the Navy and served in World War II on the Pacific front.
After returning from the War and completing college in Hartford, Connecticut, he became a labor relations specialist for the National Education Association, where he worked for over 25 years negotiating teachers’ contracts all over the U.S. In the early stages of the civil rights movement, he helped African-American teachers in Alabama as they fought to improve their schools and increase wages, and in the late 1960s he negotiated the first contract for the Denver Classroom Teachers’ Association. In 1981, he obtained a Masters Degree in Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Bill retired from the NEA in the mid-1980s and went on to become a volunteer with the Aurora Center for Active Adults (formerly known as the Aurora Senior Center). Every December, he would grow out his beard and serve as Santa Claus, delighting children of all ages. Bill loved classical music, old comedy movies, and a good joke. He also liked to watch baseball with his wife of 38 years, Donna.
Bill was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2003 and passed away in Denver on May 24, 2008. He leaves behind a wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, and a number of grandchildren.