William L. (Bill) Connor, founder of Angel Bus, age 50, lost his four-year battle with leukemia in September, 2008.
Bill developed his love of buses as a kid growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota. As a youth, he had no other transportation, so he got everywhere he needed to go on a bus. Later he obtained his own motorcoach, and his family said he was never happier than when he was behind the wheel. In 1999, Bill’s son Jaran was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer and Bill formed a nonprofit corporation, Angel Bus, which was modeled after Angel Flight, to transport terminally ill children in luxury and conversion coaches. Jaran died in 2004 and 20 days after his death, Bill was diagnosed with acute leukemia. He battled his illness for the ensuing four years. His goal was to reach age 50 and he did achieve that.