A Celebration of the Life of Bill Gessner

All are invited to “the best ever” Celebration of the Life of Bill Gessner, our beloved friend who died January 14, 2019.  The Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 4-10 pm at the InnerCity Tennis Center in Martin Luther King Jr. Park at the corner of 40th St and Nicollet Avenue in South Minneapolis.


To assist with planning (we need to be sure we have enough chairs, etc.), please RSVP.

Before the Celebration, there will be an open house at Bill’s home 24 W 37th Street, 55409 from 1:00-4:00 pm

The Celebration will include:

  • 4:00-6:00 Tennis and Ping Pong! Wear comfortable clothes. Bring tennis shoes and your racket or borrow one from the tennis center.  Bill’s tennis coach will be on hand to support all players. We will follow Bill’s rules: a) Have fun; b) No one gets hurt; c) Try to hit the ball over the net; and, of course, d) Try for continuous improvement.

  • 5:00-6:30 A vegetarian potluck supplemented by food from local food co-ops. (Don’t worry if you can’t bring anything.)

  • 700-9:00 Program including music, speakers and an opportunity for all to share stories, songs, poems and memories.

  • Photos and other memorabilia will be on display all evening.  Bring items to share.

Bill Gessner died from a fatal heart attack at the Courage Center where he was making incredible and continuous improvement in recovering from a stroke he suffered at the end of November. To learn more of his last days, go to his Caring Bridge site.

To honor Bill and recognize his impact, please contribute to the Bill Gessner Memorial: 

  • Support for startup food co-ops
  • Cooperative growth and development
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • International Cooperative Principles

If you can’t come but want to send a story or memento to add to a display, contact DanNordley.

Questions or more information go to: cdsconsulting.coop/lovebill

Directions and Parking: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park is on the corner of 40th St and Nicollet Avenue in South Minneapolis. Free parking is available, but please allow extra time as the lot (entrance on 40th St) is small and is frequently filled. Street parking is available on 40th St, 1st Ave, and Nicollet Ave. View Map