In Memoriam: Bill Heenan

Association veteran was long-time leader of the Steel Recycling Institute.

December 10, 2013
RTGE Staff

Bill Heenan, president of the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI), Pittsburgh, for two decades from 1990 until 2010, died in early December at the age of 65.

In addition to his work with SRI, Heenan was a lifetime honorary board member of the National Recycling Coalition and earlier in 2013 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Steel Market Development Institute, Washington, D.C.

In a notice to NRC members in early December, NRC president and CEO Mark Lichtenstein writes, “Bill’s positive contributions to the NRC and recycling in general are beyond comprehension.” Lichtenstein adds, “Friends and family, that’s what Bill was about. We can learn so much from his priorities as epitomized and embodied by the full life he led. As I write this [Bill] is likely toasting St. Peter with a pint of Rolling Rock.”

Memorial services for Heenan, who is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons Sean and Brian; and daughter, Becky, were held Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in McMurray, Pa. Those wishing to make a donation in Heenan’s honor are invited to do so to the American Heart Association.