Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018
Bill Riedel 1928–2018
Bill Riedel, the “de facto grandfather” of the Walldogs, and the owner of Riedel Sign Co. (Little Ferry, New Jersey) since its founding in 1957, died on February 20, 2018, three days before his 90th birthday. As recently as December, Bill was busy in the Bullpen at the United States Sign Council’s Sign World show, as always, painting a sign to honor local firemen.
A fixture at the annual Walldog meets ever since Belvidere in 1987, Bill was honored at the Shipshewana, Indiana, Walldog meet in 2014, when several hundred artisans all wore t-shirts with Bill’s face on them. Additionally, he received a special crock pot in which fellow artisans placed autographed sign brushes.