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    I have some incredibly sad news. I just got off the phone the phone with Jean Samples, Bill's wife. She just informed me that Bill (Honeymoon Apiaries, maker of the Ultra Breeze) passed away last Monday June 7th from a heart attack. Bill's sister in law is there helping sort everything out. They are planning on fulfilling all orders or a possible refund. I was totaly shocked when she told me that Bill passed away. He was only 52 years of age. Let our hearts and prayers go out to Bill's family during these trying times. God Bless.
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    This is indeed sad news. My prayers will be going out to his family, but it is my hope that he is at the right hand side of the thrown of Jesus the Christ. I have always been impressed with his work ethic. I knew that something had to be going on when he was so far behind.
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    Wow, this is a great loss to the beekeeping community as well as his family!!

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    Extremely sad news, not often you can come into contact with somebody who had the work ethics he displayed on this forum. My prayers go out to the family.

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    Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
    May he rest in peace.

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    our prayers go out to his family and him

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    Regards, Barry

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    My condolences to his family and to all of his many friends on this forum and elsewhere.

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    very sad news to hear this day. my prayers to his family.
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    I'm completely stunned. Very, very sad news indeed. My prayers are lifted up for his family.
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    Oh no, this is horrible news! I had just spoken to him a few weeks ago on the phone regarding business and a myriad of other things and he seemed like a great guy. My heart goes out to his family.

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    Bill lived in the same town that I live in and was a member of our local beekeeping association. I had the pleasure of knowing him in person. He was a very good guy to know. Really smart guy and very helpful. I met his son once, and he was in high school, so this must be difficult for him.

    Somehow, I did not hear about this until today. This is really terrible news.

    Neil

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    Our thoughts are with his family. Bill was a hard worker and a friendly soul. We will cherish our time with him and all that he contributed to our community. He will be missed.

    I think of a thread Bill and I shared about Paul Younger (inventor of the Younger "vapor" smoker) just a little over a year ago, not long after he passed in his early '50's. Its just another reminder how precious life is. Like these men, we all work hard at our earthly endeavors, but they are only of this world. What truly amounts to anything of worth, is the love we leave behind and the passion we inspire in others.

    We were fortunate to know Bill "magnet-man" Samples.
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    This really is sad. Bill sent me some stuff several years back including a bunch of magnets. My youngest had a ball playing with those things. They ended up everwhere, including the vacuum cleaner and garbage disposal.

    What a nice person. What a loss.

    I hope someone tells the bees.
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    Time to reflect on what he left us all with. It's a lot. Godspeed....
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    When a family member or friend dies, it really puts a fine point on our own mortality. Bill was only one month younger than me. He was a part of our community for nearly six years. I have an ache in my heart for having lost our second member in the last few weeks. My condolences to his wife and family.
    Regards, Barry

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    I am so sorry to hear about his passing. My prayers are with his family.

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    I am really sorry to hear this. I really liked Bill a lot! My condolences to his family.
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    His passing will make me value the fine bee suit I bought from him all the more..My families prayers go out to his family..God Bless.
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    My prayers and condolances to his family. I enjoyed his comments and was preparing to purchase one of his suits. I had emailed him about 2 weeks ago and never got a reply............guess that's why......truly sad.
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