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The HLAA-Whatcom County Chapter 

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In Memoriam   2.4.21

Bert Lederer


The Whatcom County Chapter is sad to announce the passing of its Co-Founder, Bert Lederer on February 4, 2021.  Bert was our patriarch, mentor, and friend.  While it’s hard to let him go, we are thankful for his sake -- no longer in pain, fragile, and wondering for so long if this day will be his last.

Bert was active for decades in HLAA, dating back to its former name SHHH, Self Help for Hard of Hearing People. In the 1990’s with too few others he spear-headed the formation of our Chapter only to have to let it go.  Then in 2004 he tried again, this time successfully with co-Founder Charlene MacKenzie and the support of many others. His legacy will continue to live on through us: vital, relevant, and committed as we move through our 17th year and beyond.

Bert lived the HLAA mission, an indefatigable leader -- informing, educating, supporting, and advocating. We have long witnessed and benefitted from his dedication, experience, insight, and foresight. Even more he drew us into the rare fellowship of people with hearing loss who refused to let it compromise the quality of our lives.

Oh Bert, we will miss you in so many ways -- personally and in our many treasured shared times -- benefitting from your timeless leadership. In your memory we will move on together with stronger, clearer purpose. Your spirit will remain our guiding light.

Those wishing to do so may remember Bert by contributing to the HLAA Whatcom Founders Fund.  The Founders Fund was recently established to provide scholarships to support 2 Whatcom County graduating High School seniors with hearing loss as they pursue post-secondary education.  The first awards will be announced made this Spring and will be renewed annually for up 4 years for each student.  Bert was aware of this effort and was “honored and humbled.”  Donations may be mailed to HLAA Whatcom County, PO Box 252, Bellingham 98227.  Contact Larry Wonnacott, Whatcom Chapter President, ( for further information. 

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P.O. Box 252

Bellingham, WA 98227

Chapter President - Larry Wonnacott  Email: 

Phone:  360-656-6457