In Memory

Bill Lord

Bill Lord

Lord, William Mansfield
July 20, 1946 – Sept 20, 2023.
Son of Peg and Bill and brother of Nancy. Bill Lord was a lifelong Edina Hornet, proud Wolverine and University of Michigan Hall of Fame hockey captain. Bill started his athletic career with pickup hockey games at Arden Park. He went on to be a 9-letter, All Conference captain of the Edina High School football, hockey, and baseball teams.

He met his forever sweetheart, Carol, at age 12 at Gus Young's Bowling Alley. Little did he know, he'd get a brother too, Robby Rydman (aka B.I.L). Bill and Carol married and spent the next 58 years raising a loving family that included daughters, Kim and Kris, their husbands Tom and Tom, and six grandchildren: Sophie, Will, Nick, Ellie, Sam, and Charlie. He was a proud "Papa" who enjoyed mentoring his kids and grandchildren in their pursuits.

Bill started Merit Supply that specialized in industrial cleaning supplies and equipment. When asked what he did for a living, he regularly responded deadpan, "I sell urinal blocks." He passed his entrepreneurial passion on to his two daughters, counseling that one of the best things about this lifestyle was freedom – a freedom he used to spend as much time as possible on a golf course enjoying his favorite game with friends.

He had a special place in his heart for hard working people – caddies, wait staff, garbage men – and his gregarious ways allowed him to know people everywhere he went – family and friends were never surprised to find a connection to Bill Lord.

If you were at a sporting event or a saloon there was zero chance of him not knowing someone, and if you were a stranger, it only lasted for a minute. We're indebted to the healthcare heroes at M Health Fairview Southdale for Bill's loving care.

Mass of Christian Burial 1:00pm, Saturday, October 14th at The Church of Christ the King, 5029 Zenith Ave. S., Mpls. with visitation beginning at noon.

In lieu of flowers or meatballs, memorial donations appreciated to Kim's charity, and Kris's favorite organization,
Minneapolis, MN 612-861-6088

Bill, Doug King and John Bailey


Bill was inducted into the Edina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.

One of the greatest all-around athletes in the early years of Edina-Morningside High, Bill grew up idolizing his neighbor, Tom Kelly, who also entered the Edina Athletic Hall of Fame the same year. While he was a key player for the Hornets in football and baseball, Bill's first love was hockey. He played in the state hockey tournament in his sophomore year and was named All-State as a senior. A highly recruited player coming out of high school, he accepted a hockey scholarship at the University of Michigan. Bill played three years of varsity hockey at Michigan and was captaining his senior year. He was named to the Michigan Hockey Hall of Fame. He has been active in the community and was a member of the Edina Park Board for 14 years.

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09/21/23 03:37 PM #1    

Jean L. MacIntosh (Mankamyer)

I am so so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. My sincerest sympathies to Carol and her family.

09/22/23 09:39 AM #2    

Louise (Louy) Diracles (Klabau)

Carol, I send you heart felt condolences regarding Bill's passing. He was a legend at Edina Morningside. Love to you and your family from Louy Diracles

09/28/23 02:20 PM #3    

Douglas E. King

Two of my very best buddies no longer with us. I loved and miss them both very much. God bless 🙏 The photo of Bill, John and me was an wonderful opportunity for both to embarrass me. Now you all can join in. I know my ears were (are) big but was my face really that skinny?


09/28/23 03:50 PM #4    

Margie S. Tudor (Thompson)

I just love the pictures of Bill with his family!  He was such a wonderful man!  And I also enjoyed the shot of the 3 hockey friends.  It's so sad to keep losing members of our class. 

09/28/23 06:49 PM #5    

Margie K. Logan (Sorlien)

Dear Carol and Family, I was so sorry to hear of Bills passing.You are in my thoughts and prayers. I have only good memories of both of you. Always so kind. God Bless Margie

09/28/23 08:27 PM #6    

Michael Ponsor

I remember Bill very well -- not from sports but from Mr. Scanlon's Latin class, where his cognomen was, inevitably, "Dominus."  A good natured unpretentious young man.  My sympathy to his family.  


09/29/23 01:53 PM #7    

Jeffrey C. Poehler

I was in senior speech class with Bill, and for our first assignment we were asked to give a speech that made our listeners remember our name. Bill's opening line was as I recall: "With a name like Lord I have a lot to live up to!" Our teacher sitting in the back immediately chimed in: "very good!" where upon Bill tried to sit down like the speech was over! The teacher said "no no keep going!" and the whole class went up in smoke with a huge belly laugh, we were all grinning from ear to ear! I'm just a footnote In Edina '64 history because I was only with you as a senior. I had been offered a study hall as my sixth hour but chose speech class, attended for one week, then cut the class in favor of the study hall. So my brush with Bill was the briefest of moments, but to this day he lives on in me because that moment still makes me smile. I write this with tears in my eyes: "Very good Bill!" All my love to his friends and family from Jeff Poehler.

09/30/23 01:13 PM #8    

Merrilee Buchanan (Demartini)





                                   CAROL MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

                                                 LOVE MERRILEE


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