As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our lives and enterprises, IWF 2020 and the global woodworking industry it serves are not immune to such intrusion. That inescapable reality lies at the heart of the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event.
We recently learned of the passing of William “Bill” Cowan, retired president of Memphis Machinery & Supply Co. and Rees Memphis, Inc. Bill was the father of four children, including Andy and Tim Cowan.
Bill was very involved in the WMDA (Woodworking Machinery Distributors Association) and WMIA in the early days, and served as president of WMDA. At WIC 2018, Bill was among the introductory group of inductees into the WMIA Hall of Honor, in recognition of his service to WMDA.
WMIA offers its sincerest condolences to Bill’s family on their loss, and are very grateful for his involvement and passion on behalf of the industry and the association. You can read his full obituary for information on a memorial service and where donations can be made.