Bill Dinwiddie, MHASP's former President and CEO, passed away August 27, 2014
A Life Celebration was held for Bill, September 13, at the Ardmore Methodist United Church
Family, friends and colleagues shared their thoughts about Bill and his life! It was wonderful gathering and a joyful remembrance.
- You can express your support to his family at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/billdinwiddie
- Donations, in Bill's name, may be made to Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania
It is with a deep sense of sadness to let you know of Bill Dinwiddie's passing
We at MHASP are also grateful to all who have offered support and concern as we have gone through this difficult journey. As we all know, Bill had a profound effect on those he touched and on our organization. He deeply loved our work, the people we served and all who worked here at MHASP.
While we knew that Bill was very sick, I am sure the news of his passing has been as much of a shock to all of you as it has me. I will miss him, have missed him and am grateful that he is at rest.
Condolences to all who have known and loved Bill, Michael Brody, CEO
Following obituary was posted on philly.com on 9/8/2014
William Dinwiddie, 67; Headed Mental Health Group
William S. Dinwiddie, 67, who cherished helping others live more empowered and hope-filled lives, most recently as president and chief executive officer of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, of cancer at his home in Wynnewood.
Mr. Dinwiddie was first drawn to a life of service when he filed as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War and was instead assigned to work at a halfway house for ex-offenders in Boston.
"He felt strongly that everybody deserved a chance," said his wife of 44 years, Jennifer Dinwiddie. "That was sort of a guiding principle for him, and that was something he learned in that first job."
Raised in Sudbury, Mass., Mr. Dinwiddie graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1969 and then received a master's from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work in 1975.
When objecting to serving in the Vietnam War, Mr. Dinwiddie wrote that his religious beliefs forbid him to "participate in any war, or engage in organized, predetermined violence of any kind."
From 1984 to 2008 he worked for Horizon House, a Philadelphia nonprofit that provides community-based services for individuals with disabilities. He then joined the Mental Health Association, where he stayed until retiring in January due to his illness.
The association in May awarded him its Bell of Hope Award.
A lover of exercise and the outdoors, he enjoyed nothing more on a Sunday morning than a 20-mile bike ride. At least a portion of each weekend was spent meticulously tending to his yard.
"My father instilled in me a deep appreciation of nature," his daughter Laura Dinwiddie wrote on Facebook. "On tops of mountains or sandy beach dunes or rivers' edges, he would turn to me and say, 'Isn't this great!' "
He loved his dog, Cody, the latest of four rescue golden retrievers, and he was generous in unexpected ways.
He often told tollbooth workers to keep the change or slipped tips to the person bagging his groceries, Laura Dinwiddie said.
For his birthday last month, his wife asked friends to send cards, hoping to get 67 to mark his 67th birthday. More than 100 flooded the mailbox, a testament to the strong connections he built with friends and coworkers, his wife said.
In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by his son, Adam Dinwiddie, daughter Sarah West, and his sister, Ann Wing.
A life celebration and reception will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Ardmore United Methodist Church, 200 Argyle Rd.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the CEO's Office, Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 or online at www.mhasp.org.
By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer POSTED: September 07, 2014, firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-313-8205 @TriciaNadolny
Reterieved on 9/8/2014, from http://www.philly.com/philly/gallery/20140907_William_Dinwiddie__67__headed_mental_health_group.html