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Remembering Bilz

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


William and Barb were among the first people I met coming to Quadra, when they welcomed me to the neighbourhood. I was awed by William’s creative building designs and powerhouse brain for information and knowledge. Such a gentle spirit, and so much more. When Barb says ‘we […]

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Cindy and Lorne Hussey

Barb, we are both thinking of you and the lovely big family you and William built together. He will be missed by many. He was a passionate man who made a difference in this world and the friendship that both Lorne and I had with Will over […]

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Sam Wright

I met William at a party that was held by JD Waibel. If I had known at the time that he was the artist making those works, I would have had sooo many questions about his art. It seems like every other wall on these islands has […]

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Janice Crook

William was a legend in the Scuba world and I had a small Pacific Lumpsucker that he made from a dive friend many years ago. William was on my list to meet the next chance I got to be on Quadra. My mom requested that she and […]

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Randy, Gillian and Pearl

We met William, Barb and the kids in the early 90’s when they bought the first electric car I ever built. It was a converted early Triumph Spitfire which they drove on the island for a few years. Our first visit to their house was an adventure, […]

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Geraldine and Rod

Dear Barb and family, When we read the notice in the DI, we both immediately stopped what we were doing and looked at each other in disbelief. How could such a wonderful, interesting and seriously talented man leave us so early. Always a chuckle and a twinkle […]

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Gretchen and Doug

So sad to see you go, William. Your community will miss you but your spirit will live on through your wonderful creativity. Our condolences and warm wishes to all the Van Orden family.

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Donna and Jim Sinclair

We had the great privilege of visiting William’s shop years ago with our then-quite-young grandson. Eli would have been maybe four or five. He was fascinated by William’s work and had many many questions. William answered them all with great care. They were two scientists together. Age […]

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Timothy Harvey

I was dropped off by boat to canvass Quadra door-to-door in what must have been the summer of ‘98. At one household I was welcomed into the workshop of a man who surprised me to no end by stopping what he was doing to show me his […]

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I’m sorry to hear about the death of Bill, his memory lives on in the wonderful work.

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Contact Bilz

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