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Remembering Bilz

A collection of stories, thoughts, and reflections on the life of William van Orden.

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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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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