Council names Bong Airport terminal for longtime managerFor decades, Bill Amorde has been synonymous with the Richard I. Bong Memorial Airport in Superior. Now, the new terminal at the airport will bear his name.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
For decades, Bill Amorde has been synonymous with the Richard I. Bong Memorial Airport in Superior.
Now, the new terminal at the airport will bear his name.
The Superior City Council on Tuesday approved a well-supported effort to name the building for the airport’s longtime manager.
Calling the new building the William E. Amorde Terminal is “most fitting,” said Mayor Dave Ross, who presented the idea to the council after hearing from business leaders in the community who use the small airport near the fairgrounds. Ross said after hearing from so many, he realized it is a privilege earned by Amorde.
“For over 40 years, Bill Amorde has dedicated his professional talents to the management and growth of the city’s airport, which has made it one of the finest facilities in Northern Wisconsin,” William H. Irving wrote in a letter to the mayor in November. The president of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 272 said Amorde provided effective leadership during construction of the new facility.
“I can think of no better way to thank and honor Mr. Amorde for his years of service to the aviation community and city of Superior than to name this beautiful new terminal the William E. Amorde Terminal,” Irving wrote.
Duluth attorney Richard A. Nelson said he met Amorde in 1987, when he took a flight lesson at the Superior Airport.
“Together with Maj. Richard Bong, Bill Amorde ranks as one of the two giants in Superior’s aviation,” Nelson said. “… I believe it is fitting to honor a person while they are alive. Dedicating the new terminal building as ‘Amorde Terminal’ will be a fitting and lasting tribute to one of Superior’s finest.”
Amorde has managed the airport since 1966 and worked at the airport as early as 1962, said Dave Evans of Dave Evans Transport Inc. He said Amorde’s impact on aviation in Superior is truly remarkable.
“Bill has been a loyal and dedicated airport manager for many years and has done an outstanding job of providing services to everyone who uses the airport,” said Superior attorney Toby Marcovich. “I have been flying since 1974 at the Superior Airport and I can tell you that there are very few airport managers to come up to the level of service that Bill Amorde has rendered.”
Councilor Mick MacKenzie said while he didn’t know Amorde personally, reading the letters recommending the terminal be named for him persuaded him to believe the action was appropriate.
The council’s action only names the new terminal building at the Bong Airport.