Bill McFarlane


William McFarlane (1929 – 2013)


William McFarlane

It is with great sadness that the family of William McFarlane announce his passing on August 12, 2013. 

Born December 28, 1929 in Toronto, Canada. Immigrated to the U.S. in 1953. Established and managed Heatcraft in Murfreesboro, TN for many years. –
Preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Peggy and Jeanie, and granddaughter, Lesa Nicole McFarlane. 

Bill is survived by his wife, Kathryn Wildman McFarlane and son, Lliam McFarlane; Gwen McFarlane, mother of Robert McFarlane, Jodie (Gary) Moran, Blair (Melody) McFarlane and Gavin McFarlane (Pamela); grandchildren, Robin, Jennifer, Brian, Carol, Stuart, Scott and Sam. There are several great-grandchildren as well. 

Bill was an avid pilot and sailplane competitor. He was an instructor, tow pilot and owner of Eagleville Sailplanes. Known as the “Blue Bird Man”, he encouraged bluebird conservation by constructing and providing bluebird houses throughout Middle Tennessee. Bill was instructed by Garland Pack who founded Eagleville sailplanes in 1961. Garland Pack also had flight instructions from Orville & Wilber Wright, and a sign off by them. Eagleville sailplane is truly grateful to Bill for shareing his knowledge with us.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations in honor of Bill, lovingly known as “Santa Claus” to the following Senior Citizen Centers: Fifty Forward Martin Center, 960 Heritage Way, Brentwood, TN 37027; Fifty Forward, 8607 Horton Hwy., College Grove, TN 37046.

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