In Memory of Bill Bedri

The news of Bill Bedri’s passing has been devastating for everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him. Bill had an infectiously positive spirit and strong sense of character that he maintained throughout his entire life, including his battle with cancer. Bill will be sorely missed by his family, friends and coworkers alike.

Bill’s greatest treasure was his beloved family. In honor of Bill’s everlasting commitment to his loved ones, we’d like to help ensure his wife Michele and children Madison and Mathew are well taken care of.

If you would like to make a donation it would be greatly appreciated. The funds will go directly to the Bedri family.

Please continue to keep Bill’s family in your thoughts and Bill’s memory in your heart.

Link to Bill's Obituary:

A few highlights from a  tribute posted on Friday, February  9th, from Balfour Beatty's CEO, Leon Blondin:

Yesterday we lost Bill Bedri, vice president of operations for our Mid-Atlantic team after a long battle with cancer. His title doesn’t describe the tremendous impact and influence he had on our business. He was a friend to many of us. If you didn’t get a chance to meet Bill, I want to share a bit about him, his family and the tremendous legacy of improvement he left us.

Bill joined the business almost 24 years ago to the day. He began his career as a co-op student attending the University of Florida. He made it obvious that he was a BIG Gator fan. He is survived by his wife Michele, daughter Madison (18 years old, senior) and son Mathew (16 years old, freshman). His children have grown up as a part of our Balfour Beatty family and will continue to have our ongoing support.

Throughout his career Bill worked on many award-winning projects. Bill was the guy everyone wanted on their job and without any doubt he was the stand-out “go to guy.” 

What Bill is probably best known for is his outstanding work developing our Operational Excellence standards, leading the development of the Playbook and implementing a standardized Monthly Project Report (MPR) process nationwide. Bill was a dedicated leader of our training efforts and was always available to help others learn our processes.

Personally, Bill was a dedicated father and we often talked about what sports his kids were playing. In addition to being a Gator fan, he was equally a New York Giants fan. Bill’s sport of choice was golf. This past fall, I was fortunate to play a round with Bill alongside George Kreis (vice president, business development) and Tom Eckenrode (operations director) at the Congressional Golf Course—a course Bill always wanted to play.

No doubt the impact of Bill’s passing will be felt throughout our business and personally difficult for many of us who were lucky to be his friend. From “day one,” Bill was determined to make a positive imprint—he certainly lived true to his motto.

I leave you with the words from a few teammates touched by Bill:

“As a person, Bill was very passionate about his wife and kids, loved to play golf, and loved his Florida Gators. At work, he was passionate about the construction process. He was a firm believer that if you had a good process and followed the process - good things would result. He was a great co-worker for 21 years, but an awesome friend who remained amazingly positive through a horrendous fight against cancer.” – Steve Smithgall, senior vice president, national safety and operations

"The thing I always admired about Bill was that he cared deeply about his work and the people he worked with. He was always in search of the truth behind things so that he could help improve the business as well as himself. I admired him for that, and will always remember his quality of character and principled nature. I will miss him." – John Tarpey, chief operating officer

Please keep Bill's family in your thoughts and prayers.


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Organizer and beneficiary

Jennifer Robitaille 
Freetown, MA
Michele Bedri