The beekeeping community is saddened to hear of the passing of one of our founding board members.
Our founding DCBA President, Christina Beck had this to say in honor of Bill's memory:
"Bill was an incredible person with a great heart. He was always there if my family needed anything. One of the biggest things I'll always remember about him would be the early morning or late night messages he would send when he got a great idea (and great they usually were).
Bill was an absolute beekeeping guru. He spent countless hours reading research and could be very scientific in his methods, but at his hives there was almost a spiritual side to Bill's beekeeping. I found myself lucky to have been allowed to work hives with him.
Throughout his time with our association, he set up nucs for many new beekeepers. People across Denton and beyond are raising beehives he started. He was one of the first people to jump up and volunteer when the association launched and we needed people to help out. His lack of finesse with technology was always a source of good natured jokes at board meetings. He was a great study buddy for Master Beekeeping exams and a wonderful friend. I can't say I've ever met someone quite like him. He is dearly missed."
Please feel free to comment and share any thoughts or wishes for the family in remembrance of Mr. William Hartley.