Bill Lederer |

Bill Lederer

Bill Lederer, a 24-year visitor and part-time resident of the Aspen area, died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest Sunday. He was 82.

Bill, who had homes in Boynton Beach, Fla., and Aspen, was born and raised in the Bronx and spent most of his life in the New York area, first as a semipro and professional football player and later in sales.

Bill and his family started coming to Aspen regularly in 1979, and made it their summer home in the early 1990s.

“You would always find him dancing in the front row at the Jazz Aspen festivals and the Thursday night festival at Snowmass,” said Bill’s son, Larry Lederer.

“Dr. Ann Mass used to say we were her inspiration, the way we were always dancing,” his wife Sonia said.

Lederer was active locally as a volunteer with Aspen Junior Golf, Theater in the Park, the Food and Wine Classic and other nonprofit endeavors around town. Outside the area, Lederer was active with The Boys Club of America, running a swimming program for over 2,000 kids in the New York area.

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Lederer is survived by wife Sonia, sons Larry of Aspen, Michael of California and Eddie of Texas, six grandchildren and his sister, Julia, of Ft. Lauderdale.

A memorial for Bill Lederer will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Aspen Chapel. The entire community is invited to come celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking well-wishers to make donations to the Make A Wish Foundation at 1-866-880-1382.