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William H. Everard

August 27, 1941 ~ October 20, 2018 (age 77)

William (Bill) Howard Everard, 77, of Springfield, VA left to join our Lord on October 20, 2018 while at home with his family.

Bill was born on August 27, 1941 in Washington, D.C. to Thelma (Pat) Patterson Everard and William Phelps Everard. He grew up in Arlington, VA and graduated from Washington-Lee High School in 1959. He served as a volunteer fireman for the Ballston Volunteer Fire Department. Bill attended George Washington University and graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. From 1966 to 1968 he served proudly in the U.S. Army. Bill later attended the University of Maryland School of Engineering and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering with emphasis on Fire Protection. He served as a part time instructor for the University of Maryland Fire Protection Engineering program in 1972 and with the Northern Virginia Community College Fire Science Program from 1975-1977. Bill was a former municipal fire protection engineer for the City of Alexandria Fire Department in the late 1970s. In 1981, Bill established his own fire protection company, Everard Fire Protection Engineering, Ltd. Several years later he started Everard Mid Atlantic Testing and combined the two companies. For the last two years he served mostly as a fire protection consultant.

Bill is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jean H. Everard of Springfield, VA and three daughters, Kelly A. Millward and her husband Michael of Alexandria, VA, Amy L. Thompson, and Nancy J. Gordon and her husband Joseph of Springfield, VA. He has three grandchildren, John P. Millward (21), Avery J. Gordon (8) and Connor A. Gordon (3). He is also survived by his older sister Lynn Bear of Springfield, OH as well as her two daughters, Laurie and Wendy, and their families.

A memorial service to celebrate Bill’s life will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207. Visitation with the family will be at 10:00 am at the church. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (LEOMF) and the Alexandria Fire Department.


Donations may be made to:

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
901 E Street, NW Suite 100, DC 20004-2025
Tel: 1-202-737-3400

Alexandria Fire Department
900 Second St, Alexandria VA 22314
Tel: 1-703-746-5200

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