Bill Schonely had a Heart of Gold
Portland and Providence, along with Oregon and the entire Northwest, lost a friend Saturday.
Bill Schonely will be best remembered for his Trail Blazers broadcasts, and of course, “Rip City!” Here at Providence, we shared something different with Bill. He had a special passion for the children and the care they received at Providence Child Center and the Center for Medically Fragile Children. His involvement began in 1996, and in 1998, Bill received the Providence Heart of Gold Award for his steadfast advocacy for the children living in the center.
“Bill said on several occasions that if he ever had a bad day, a visit to ‘Bill’s Kids’ at the Center for Medically Fragile Children would change that day for him,” said William Olson, chief executive for Providence Oregon. “On behalf of all the people of Providence, we send our love and prayers to Dottie and Bill’s family, and we will be holding them in our hearts.”
Photo: Bill at Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children in 2019 with Evie Suess and her mom, Korine. Evie still lives at the center today.