Posted by Bob Wicks on Dec 12, 2022
Ipswich-Rowley Rotary mourns the loss of two friends and long-time Rotarians who departed us in 2022, Bill Nelson and Paul Tardiff.
Paul Tardiff joined Rotary in 1979 and served as club President in 1982-83. Paul was very active during his Rotary years, attending our meetings and events regularly, serving on committees, and contributing generously to the Rotary Foundation, where he was a Major Donor. Friends remember how he always brightened the room with his infectious smile and good humor, and that he was a leader in the club during the 1980’s and 90’s when he served regularly on the club’s Board of Directors. Paul was a multiple Paul Harris Award recipient, which recognizes his service and generosity to the Foundation. 
Paul was an avid car collector and restorer, winning many awards as a member of the North Shore Corvette Club. Following graduation from Bishop Fenwick High School, he was inducted into their athletic hall of fame. Paul served in the Naval Reserve and was an avid skier. His beloved wife Beverly, to whom he was married for 54 years, was a frequent participant at club events. 
Bill Nelson joined Rotary in 1999 and served as club President in 2003-04. Bill also was an active leader in our club, and in the community. In addition to his regular attendance, multiple tours on the Board of Directors, and numerous committee roles, he organized important club functions such as the annual meeting ballot and ‘Person of the Year’ nominations. He often hosted the Past Presidents Council in his home along the Ipswich River. Always looking for ways to give back to the community, Bill managed the Ipswich Visitor Center for many years. In recognition of his service and generosity to the Rotary Foundation, he was a multiple recipient of the Paul Harris Award.
Bill graduated from the University of New Hampshire, where he was an All-American Lacrosse player. He served with the United States Army in Korea and in the Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel in 1986. Bill also was married for 54 wonderful years to his beloved wife Lee, another frequent participant in club activities who sadly predeceased him in 2014.
To Paul, Bill, Bev, and Lee, thank you for being in our lives.