In Memoriam: Bill Kalenius
The founder of Vancouver Lake Crew, Bill Kalenius, passed away Wednesday September 23, 2009 after battling colon cancer for 6 years.
"Coach Bill," as most of us knew him, was far more than just a rowing coach. For many of us Bill was a life coach. Coach Bill always said that rowing shouldn't be the first priority in our lives. He viewed things as Faith, Family, Friends, and then rowing. Bill had his priorities straight and throughout his life he touched the hearts of many, many people. Many people were able to see themselves differently and even find purpose in their own lives through rowing, all because of Bill.
We will all remember Bill as not only an amazing rowing coach, but an amazing man, who put others first and changed lives.
Local News About Coach Bill
- Sep 28, 2009 Columbian Article: VLC Founder Makes a Lasting Impression (PDF)
- Sep 25, 2009 Columbian Article: Rowing club founder Kalenius dies from cancer (JPG)
In remembrance and honor of Coach Bill's legacy, life and dedication, Mayor Royce Pollard declared September 23rd of every year ``Rowing Day'' in the city of Vancouver.
The proclamation was signed on October 16th, 2009.
Boats honoring Coach Bill
University of Puget Sound
In April of 2010, the University of Puget Sound christened a boat in honor of Coach Bill Kalenius, who started the crew program at the university.
The organization We Can Row, Boston (formerly Row As One) honored and celebrated cancer survivors and fighters, at the Head of the Charles Regatta in 2004. A boat was rowed in honor of Bill Kalenius.