ST. LOUIS — William “Bill” Haas, the perennial St. Louis political candidate who frequently sparked controversy with his words and deeds, died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack. He was 76.
Haas was only ever elected to the St. Louis School Board but ran multiple times for mayor of St. Louis, the Missouri Legislature and Congress, and also for lieutenant governor, U.S. president and city alderman. His name will appear on Tuesday’s ballot as a candidate for St. Louis School Board.
He was remembered by his employer, the Gateway Legacy Christian Academy, in a Facebook post Thursday as a “wonderful math teacher.”
“Mr. Haas brought such joy and laughter everywhere he went. He was such a light to our campus,” the school said.
Haas enjoyed swimming and was in the pool at the Heights Community Center in Richmond Heights about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday when he suddenly stopped swimming. Cindy Martello, who was exercising in the lane next to him, immediately summoned lifeguards, who administered CPR, Martello said.
Martello said Haas was well known at the pool, not only as a regular but for what he would say when his time in the lap lane was up. “When his time drew near the end,” she said, he would call out, “‘Just one more lap.’ And that was his motto.”