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Archive for January 2022

Gordon Clayton

Here’s an anecdote about William that Nick and I both cherish: It must have been a rainy weekend afternoon when Nick and I were sat drinking tea at the kitchen table at the family house, philosophizing about inventions in general, and engines in particular. It could well […]

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Peter Murray

Brilliant mind, extraordinary artist, inventor, scientist, gentleman, and kind soul. William could inform you about how today’s technology in electric vehicles was similarly first discovered in sea creatures some 100’s of years ago. He didn’t just tell you about it; he well explained the connection and then […]

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The Lim Family

Such a truly brilliant, inspiring and memorable being! Our family is heartbroken and sending deepest condolences to you all. We will forever be grateful for the spark of connection made with William at his studio in recent years. Our home is filled with treasured Bilz creations which […]

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David Ewart

Hello, I was so saddened by the news that William had passed on. I knew him for many years when I was the Manager at Quinsam River Hatchery in Campbell River, and we collaborated on the hatchery display room renewal several years ago. I always enjoyed his […]

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Tracy Sinclair

What to say about remembering William? He is a one of a kind. He really, truly approached the world in a way that I admired greatly; fixing all the stuff that shouldn’t be given up on or forgotten, using it to make a space way cooler than […]

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Nobuyo, Hermann and Michael Stadtlander

Took few days to digest and now we are writing to share about William. Michael feels like he was one of the most creative person he ever worked with and William was such a gentle man. With having William’s work around in our house, we always reminded […]

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peter knigge

It’s like I’ve known him all my life, from the early days in Prince George (1957 !), to coming back to Canada after Mexico, to Quadra then for the first time, sharing the beach cabin, roaming the coast in the immediate vicinity, magic trips in the little […]

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Seitz/Crosson Family

Our family is deeply saddened by the loss of William. Emerie will miss listening to William and Tessa having intense conversations about sea creatures, pipe organs and life. One of her favourite things to do was to sit outside the workshop and listen to two of her […]

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Kailen Crosson

A few years ago, when I was a teen struggling to fit in at my High School, William and Barb took the time out of their evening to take me to see a concert of a Cellist-Pianist duo at the Community Centre. Since my mum has three […]

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Breanne, Rick and the Spirit of the West Team

William’s passion for all things marine and environment meant I had found a kindred soul. Barb was one of the very first people I met when we came to the island 20 years ago and of course, it was not long after that she knew that Rick […]

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Email: bilzrockfish[at]gicable[dot]com
Phone: (250) 285-3468
Box 245, Heriot Bay, BC , V0P 1H0