Bill Flarida, OQHA Honorary Director, Passes

Posted: April 4th, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of OQHA Honorary Director William "Bill" Flarida. Bill was not only a respected figure within the Association, but was also a cherished family man, known for his unwavering love of his wife of 70+ years, Betty, and his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Bill joined the OQHA Board of Directors in 1994 and was named an Honorary Director in 2018. He served 6 years on the OQHA Executive Committee, and he and his wife Betty were avid supporters of the youth association for over 20 years. Bill was the start of the Flarida family reining tradition, and he passed the love of the American Quarter Horse and the sport of reining to his sons and grandchildren. He was a dedicated supporter, and you would frequently see him ringside, cheering on his son and longtime OQHA Director Shawn.

Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Flarida family during this difficult time. Bill's legacy and contributions have left an indelible mark on our industry and he will be profoundly missed.

Family and friends are invited to gather and celebrate Bill's life on Saturday, April 13, 2024 from 2-5pm at the Allen County Fairgrounds - Youth Activities Building, 2750 Harding Hwy, Lima, OH 45804.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Bill's name to St. Jude Hospital for Children.