Remembering William V. Peden, CPD

With great sadness, Henneman Engineering Inc. shares the passing of a member of our Henneman family.  Bill Peden passed away on June 30, 2016, surrounded by his family.  Bill was born April 17, 1952 in Columbus, Ohio to William and Theresa, and moved to Madison in the mid-1970s.  He joined Henneman’s Madison office in 2006, and over the past ten years has provided plumbing and fire protection design engineering, with expertise in healthcare and educational projects.


Bill was a member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers – Wisconsin Chapter.  He served on the Board of Governors from 2000 to the present and was President of the organization from 1998 to 2000.

In addition to being a talented engineer, Bill was also an accomplished musician.  He was known as a dedicated proponent and player of Irish traditional music;  a talented and respected uilleann piper.  He co-founded the Celtic Music Association of Madison and spent decades growing Celtic music audiences in the Madison area and bringing numerous prominent artists to Madison through the years.  He was involved in the development of Wild Hog in the Woods and the Madison folk music scene.  In addition to folk music, he was an opera and early music enthusiast.  He served on the board of Porchlight for many years.


Bill enjoyed travelling to Ireland and Italy, in celebration of his paternal Irish heritage and his maternal Italian heritage.  He was well- known for his intellect and memory, earning him the nickname, “Wikipeden”.

Bill is survived by his adoring wife, Chelcy Bowles; his loving daughter Laura Zupko and son-in-law, Jim Zupko; by his grandchildren, James, Courtney, and Joe; his siblings Mary Pitt, Chris Peden, Geri Foster, Don Peden and Rick Peden; many fond cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws, and countless friends, especially his long-time , dear  friends, John and Tom.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Patrick.



Contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Celtic Cultural Center of Madison, The Madison Early Music Festival, and Porchlight, Inc.


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