Tuesday, January 15, 2013
William L. Hollingsworth, 60
William Long Hollingsworth of Anchorage, Alaska, a former Westport police officer, died Jan. 11 at his home He was 60.
William Hollingsworth: former Westport police officer. Contributed photo
The man who became known as“Officer Bill” was born in Baltimore to William and Adele Hollingsworth. He was a police officer in Westport from 1975 to 1983 when he went to Alaska and joined the Anchorage Police Department. He retired in November 2012 and at that time was one of only four officers from his 1983 academy class still on the force.
He was recently profiled on a local television station as the “friendliest cop” at the Anchorage Police Department. Fellow officers said he handled his job with a unique combination of understanding, firmness and humor.
They said he always had a joke to tell and took pride in deescalating situations by saying to someone he just arrested, “If you get in the back of the car peacefully, I’ll tell you a joke.” And they did. And his jokes were great. Well, usually, his fellow officers said.
On many occasions he would buy a sandwich or coffee for a homeless person, or give cab fare to a person whose car he had just ordered towed. And his fellow officers always knew that he had their back.
He had so many friends, and he was frequently busy meeting one or another for lunch. He loved to buy gadgets, and he wouldn’t buy just one. He’d buy two, or three or four, and then give away the extras.
In 2006, he met and married the love of his life, Dorine (“Dee”). They were together always, and looking forward to retirement. Dee describes their seven years together as the best of her life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Adele Hollingsworth. He is survived by his wife Dee, sisters Corinne Wohlforth and Carol Hollingsworth, brothers Richard and Stephen Hollingsworth, a niece and several nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Faith Christian Community Church, 4240 Wisconsin, Anchorage. At his request, he will be cremated.
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