KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 9, 2008 – Kissimmee Utility Authority is saddened to announce the death of board chairman William C. “Bill” Hart who passed away unexpectedly this morning at the age of 55. He is survived by two adult children, son Jeff and daughter Tracy.
Mr. Hart suffered a heart attack on April 18 and was recovering at home from double bypass surgery.
“We are deeply saddened by Bill’s death,” said Jim Welsh, KUA president and general manager. “Those of us who knew him respected him as a business leader with an inexhaustible passion for this community. I can’t begin to express the great personal loss to me, as well as to the entire KUA family.”
Mr. Hart was vice president of the surveying and engineering firm Franklin Hart and Reid and a Kissimmee resident since 1975. He joined the KUA board in 2001 and served as both director and secretary before being elected chairman in October 2007.
Mr. Hart’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, as well as a Master of Organization Management degree from the University of Phoenix.
A viewing will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, May 12 at Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home, 511 Emmett Street, Kissimmee. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 14 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1709 N. John Young Parkway, Kissimmee.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent