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Obituary for Bill Getchell

September 15, 2018
Austin, Texas


Bill Getchell

"The joy was in the act of running
and in the journey, not in the destination."
John Bingham

Dear family and friends,

It is with a heavy heart we announce the untimely death of our beloved Bill Getchell.

Bill passed away unexpectedly on September 15th doing what he's always loved, running. Bill touched many people with his quiet and unwavering loyalty, his hard work, his infectious smile, his generosity and his readiness to laugh and see the humor in everything. Above all, he cherished his family, especially his wife Joann and daughter Zoe; they meant the world to him, and he was the light of their lives.

He was an entrepreneur, a lover of Boston sports teams and a beloved member of the many communities to which he belonged: his hometown of Westbrook, Maine; Colby College; University of Michigan; and most recently, Austin, Texas, where he has made his home the past 18 years. Bill also belonged to the special community of runners, dating from his high school and college varsity running days through to his many road races and ongoing training runs throughout Austin. On any given day Bill could be seen sprinting around an Austin trail, especially around Lady Bird Lake.

We are holding a memorial service followed by a celebration of Bill's life, and we hope you can attend. Please share this information with anyone that has been a part of Bill's life. All are welcome to celebrate him with us as follows:

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Memorial Service: St. Andrew's Upper School Chapel
5:00 pm 5901 Southwest Parkway
Austin, Texas 78735

Celebration Reception: Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 605 Azie Morton Road
Austin, Texas 78704

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bill Getchell Memorial Fund.

For any questions, please reach out to Mary Flanagan (

The Getchell family thanks you all for your kind thoughts and support.

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  • In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bill Getchell Memorial Fund .

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Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home South

2620 S. Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
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