Please pass along my condolences to his family. My condolences also to the Stamp Bear Family, as many of you knew him personally.
I haven't been on Stamp Bears long enough to have gotten to know him, but based on the above posts, I see that not only has Stamp Bears suffered a great loss, but philately as well. I know he had put up some nice reference threads.
May his family and friends be uplifted by memories of joy he brought into their lives.
One of our great members suggested that we do a card on Stamp Bears behalf for Bill's Family... because the process of getting signatures would be next to impossible (and take a year or more) i am going to copy each of the posts above (and any to follow) into a document, I will include a letter (that i will later share here, and send it to his family in the next couple of days.
Bill touched the lives of many people from all over the world and always took the time to teach and answer questions no matter how small or how complex they could end up being. I recall many hours of video chatting with him, where he would show some of his vast collection. If my little one happened by and took an interest in what Bill had to show he would pack it up and mail them to her..
His kindness rekindled a faith in humanity that was (and at times still is) greatly lacking.
We are hopeful that some lesson will come from this tragic event. That way, if nothing else, Bill taught us all just one more thing.
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