Plastics Industry Association (Plastics) President and CEO Bill Carteaux died the morning of Dec. 10 from complications associated with acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
According to the Washington-based association, “Bill was more than just an inspiring, larger-than-life leader for our industry, Bill was a dear friend to each of us who were lucky enough to know him.”
Plastics says it will share information about plans for a memorial service as soon as it becomes available and invites individuals to share their memories of Carteaux by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the InvinciBill Bone Marrow Transplant Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/InvinciBill2017, Carteaux died at 1 a.m. Dec. 10, surrounded by immediate family.
His family writes in the Dec. 10 post to the page: “To say we are heartbroken, crushed and just devasted is such a grand understatement. We have all lost such a wonderful human being who deserved to be in this world for so much longer than he was. Our loss is great, and the void is immeasurable. He was a true soulmate and husband, a proud father, a blessed father-in-law, a beloved grandfather, treasured brother, adored friend and revered leader.”
The post continues, “Bill found out about his AML recurrence on his 59th birthday (Oct. 29), started chemo treatments on his late mother’s birthday and it is fitting that he passed on his late father’s birthday. The timing of this is not lost on us.”
His family indicates that a memorial service in his honor likely will be delayed until January.