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Archive for February 2022

Renee Paquin

I’m so sorry to hear of Bills passing. My deepest condolences to Barb and family. I just happened to see this when I googled him today to see if he was still making fish. I had a fun summer many years ago helping him in the shop […]

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It is hard to find someone who gets as excited about fish as I do, but boy did I meet my match and beyond in Will. He taught me an incredible amount. His observational and research abilities were outstanding, but what most blew me away was his […]

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Tara Cullis

I never met anyone like Will Van Orden! His and his wife’s Barb’s house has a car halfway through an upper wall, its front in the living room providing a fun place for kids to sit and steer. Outside, imaginative and ironic sculptures (and interesting old cars) […]

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Dirk and Lynda

Beste Willem, Lynda and I could not believe it when we were told you had left us. We have a long history together, since the early eighties. This includes our Dutch background, fixing my, our, ’58 Chevy pick-up, you found, I bought and you recreated and all […]

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The Keller family

Dear Van Orden family, Memories of William come swirling forth at moments we least expect them, thoughts that are frequent and indelible. We’re in awe of William’s gifts, and how many lives he touched with his love and compassion, his quirky humour, and intelligent curiosity. We’ll miss […]

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Micah Quindazzi

I only knew William for a short while but I have admired his work for a long time. There is something magical about the ocean and William captured that magic through great attention and care to detail in his craft. He saw beauty in even the smallest […]

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Darlene Richards

William brought life to all the fish he casted. My Brother George loved finding him some unreal looking species when he was out on the Dragger. I bet those two are talking fish right now. He will be missed by all that knew him.

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Wayne Smith

I met William about 3 years ago and feel fortunate to have been able to spend quite a bit of time with him. Lunches at the kitchen table usually accompanied by a story, a personal tour of the beach at low tide and sitting in the passenger […]

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Dr.Gerwald Schmidberger

I got to know William as a great person with a great sense of humor. He was a real artist and will be greatly missed. I will never forget him. Dr.Gerwald Schmidberger

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