South Shore businessman Bill Conlon dies
William Patrick “Bill” Conlon, a longtime South Lake Tahoe resident, businessman and active member of the community, died suddenly March 17 while skiing at Squaw Valley Ski Resort.
Conlon was born Oct. 21, 1944, in Santa Monica and had been a resident of South Lake Tahoe since 1973. He owned Conlon Accountancy, which recently celebrated its 35th year, as well as Conlon Consulting for the past nine years.
“Like a typical Irishman, Dad was out skiing on St. Patrick’s Day with a big smile on his face,” said Conlon’s son, Chad.
Bill Conlon was very involved in the community. He was one of the founders and a trustee of Lake Tahoe Community College, served on the board of directors for Truckee River Bank, was past president of both the Rotary Club of South Lake Tahoe and the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, and served on the first Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority board, representing the Chamber of Commerce.
“He was a generous, giving man, always donating his time. He knew there were people in Tahoe who couldn’t afford to have their taxes prepared, and he never turned anyone away. He always had an open heart,” Chad Conlon said.
“Bill was a wonderful person – my soulmate and my life,” said Bill Conlon’s wife, Jean Anne.
“I have a large extended family of women, and Bill was a son to my mother, a father to my nieces and a grandfather to their children as well as his own.
“He was our ‘man,’ the one everyone turned to, and we will all miss him very much.”
Bill Conlon is survived by his wife of 39 years, Jean Anne Conlon of South Lake Tahoe; son Chad Conlon and his fiancée, Melissa Bisera of South Lake Tahoe; daughter and son-in-law Nicole and Timothy Bain; and grandson Bishop Bain of Mukilteo, Wash.
A celebratory Mass will begin at 4 p.m. March 24 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, followed by a reception in the social hall.