As a Detective with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's office I will always remember Bill for his honesty and integrity. There were many times when we would ask Bill to keep something out of the news for a couple of days while we investigated and he would always honor those requests. He was the one reporter you always trusted. Our thoughts and prayers go out his entire family.
I was privileged to work with Bill at the Ann Arbor News from 1983-86 when I was an editor on the city desk. Being a reporter was not a "job" to him. It was a vocation. Although Bill and I had occasionally "spirited" discussions during the story editing process, he was terrific to work with. He LOVED history! One of my favorite stories was his revisiting of the case of several UM professors who were disciplined, maybe even fired, as German sympathizers during World War I. GREAT story. The newspaper was lucky to have him for as long as it did.
Mr Treml was one of the first reporters I encountered as I began my career in government. It was easy to learn he was a kind man who cared about informing the community. I found him to be fair and accurate. It was a pleasure to have known him. I thank his family for sharing him with many of us in many ways. God Bless ...
My profound sympathy to all of the Treml family. I met Bill when I was writing about the Collins murder trial in 1970, and I found him friendly, generous, and helpful. He was a true professional and a warm human being at the same time. I'm glad to have known him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Bill changed my life from the first day I met him as a student in his introductory Journalism class at EMU. I changed my career plans that day. Later, he'd scoop me and I'd occasionally scoop him while he worked for the Ann Arbor News and I worked for The Ypsilanti Press. A great guy with the highest standards. He was my mentor, but I couldn't match his career- I retired after 42 years a week ago. The title of the textbook Bill used in class epitomized what he was: The Professional Journalist.
Condolences to his family and many friends.