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William H. Pope

May 21, 1936 - July 17, 2016

Bill Pope, age 80, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends at his home in Aspen, Colorado, on July 17th. Bill grew up in Kenilworth and Winnetka, Illinois, the son of William Prufrock Pope and Eleanore Bear Pope Leh. He was the stepson of John Henry Leh and Aubrey Hynes.

Bill lived his life with gusto. He attended Joseph Sears elementary school in Kenilworth, Illinois and attended high school at both New Trier and The Hill School.

At the University of Wisconsin, Bill was an active member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He remained a loyal fraternity brother and supporter of his alma mater, often attending Homecoming and alumni events. After graduation, Bill purchased a home on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, which continues to be a gathering place for multiple generations of Pope relatives and family friends. He loved boating and golf and was a member of the Lake Geneva Country Club and the Lake Geneva Yacht Club.

A successful entrepreneur, Bill helped several businesses and created many of his own start-ups. He worked as a salesman for American Hospital Supply Company, and eventually worked for the family business Bear Brand Textiles. He later spun off and owned Paramount Textiles, a division of Bear Brand. Bill also owned an importer of wood burning stoves. In 1968 he formed Carbide Cutoff Inc a manufacturer of carbine cutting saws for cutting steel. He sold the business in 1974 and that same year, Bill helped launch Blazer International, a manufacturer of automobile lighting. The company was later sold in the mid 1990’s. Bill passed on this love for entrepreneurship and manufacturing to his son Steven.

In 1968 he married Diane Bingham Hull and became stepfather to Jennifer and Jonathan Hull. He and Diane, (Deedee), welcomed their son Steven Bingham Pope in 1971. They divorced in 1992.

Bill loved the mountains and has called Aspen his home since the mid 90’s. Bill married Christy Lee in 2001. Together they enjoyed parties with Aspen friends and hosted many parties including those held at their home. Lovers of golf and skiing, they were members of the Roaring Fork Club, Aspen Mountain Club and The Snowmass Club.

Bill spent many of his childhood winters with his family in Palm Beach, Florida, and continued to do so in his retirement. He and his wife Christie Lee Pope enjoyed boating, socializing, and golf at the Everglades Club. He was especially proud of the Rehabilitation Center for Children & Adults located in Palm Beach. Founded by Bill’s Aunt, the center helps patients with physical therapy and children with disabilities.

Bill was also the loving grandfather to Isabel and Jessica Blatt (Jennifer Hull and Bill Blatt), Dylan and Kelsey Hull, (Jonathan and Judy Hull), and Lorelei and Savannah Pope (Steven and Natalie).

With a generous spirit and loved people, Bill enjoyed the outdoors and always remained active. He was the consummate host, known for throwing parties wherever he went. Most of all, Bill will be remembered as a principled, driven man who always took interest in the needs of others. Few people had more fun than Bill did. He will be truly missed by his friends and family.

You are encouraged to share their stories or stay in contact with the family using: friendsofbillpope@gmail.com

The family requests that Gifts In William Pope’s Memory Be Made To “Valley View Foundation” or the “Rehabilitation Center”:

Valley View Foundation:

Donations will help support both the cancer center and patients in and out of the roaring fork valley.

You may donate by check payable to Valley View Foundation:

PO Box 1970

Glenwood Springs CO, 81602

In the memo section list that this is in memory of William Pope.

For more information visit http://www.vvh.org/foundation/

Rehabilitation Center of Palm Beach:

Donations help patients with physical therapy and children with disabilities.

You may donate by check payable to “Rehabilitation Center” and mail to 300 Royal Palm Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480. In the memo section list that this is in memory of William Pope.

You may donate by credit card by calling (561) 655-7266 x 11, or you can donate online.