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William C. "Bill" LeClerc Jr. 1935 - 2013

William C. "Bill" LeClerc Jr.

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December 29, 2013
Dear Dolores and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We remember visiting your home on one of our trips to Western MA and how amazed we were by his woodworking skills. Bill was very welcoming, and his pride of his woodworking craft and his garden were so special. Although we didn't know him for a long time, our review of the guest book details his wonderful achievements. Our prayers and love to you and your family for your loss. We will have Mass in his honor here in California and a donation to the American Heart Association will be sent in his name. Prayers of peace from Sandy & John
December 19, 2013
A few years ago Bill and I set out for Deerfield to harvest some butternut felled in a storm. When we got there Bill went to work as far from me as possible but after about 15 minutes came over to where I was working on a trunk. "I just wanted to make sure you knew what you were doing with that saw before I got any closer." He then proceeded to regale me with stories of other wood harvesting trips he had been on. His stories made the day go by quickly and when I inadvertently put a new chain on my saw backwards he simply said, "you're not the first person to do that." What a great guy. he will surely be missed
December 19, 2013
I had the privilege of knowing Bill as my friend and mentor. His loss has been difficult to accept, and the memories of the times I spent with him will be long remembered. His enthusiasm for woodturning showed in every project he demonstrated, and I feel very privileged to have been able to spend time with him learning some of his skills. His natural artistic abilities showed not only in his turning, but in many other projects he completed. His quick wit and humor will be missed. I truly enjoyed his company during our hikes in the forests of western Mass, and will always remember how he appreciated the natural beauty we have in right here in our surrounding area. He always made our car pool trips to Worcester an interesting ride. I will also remember the breads that Delores gave to those friends who came to visit. I will cherish all those memories. I feel very privileged to have known him and his family.

My deepest sympathy goes out to Delores and all of Bill's family. May your grief at his loss lead to joyful memories in the future.

Arnie
December 19, 2013
I was shocked to hear of Bill's death! I'm glad I was able to make it to his wake last night. best wishes to his family and friends
December 18, 2013
Bill, was a good friend even though I have known him for a short time. We first met at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens at a show we were both displaying our crafts. A perfect Gentleman and a good teacher. May God's light shine upon you forever.
Stan Halgas Wilbraham Mass.
December 18, 2013
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
December 18, 2013
Though I did not personally know Bill as well as I wish I did, I knew him well enough to know that he will be sorely missed by all of us. He was a greater asset to our club than most of us will probably ever know. I really appreciated the depth of his woodturning experience, and his ever-present willingness to share it with anyone who was interested. I also appreciated the very comfortable way that he would teach others what he knew…never done in a way that would embarrass or belittle them. He was a far better turner than many, but he never made you feel like he thought he was better…just another turner on the trail, so to speak. Our club lost a truly valuable member, mentor, and friend, and we are the lesser for it. My condolences go out to those who were closest to him, especially his family.
December 18, 2013
Dolores, Wally and I are so sad to hear of Bill's passing. We are away, so please know that we won't be able to give you a big hug. I will call you when I am back mid January. Love, Diane
December 18, 2013
Bill was a great friend whom I will remember fondly and miss seriously. I knew and respected him as a fellow woodturner and got to know him better on our periodic hikes out in the forests of western Mass.(Thanks, Ray.) What I will remember about Bill is his cheery, outgoing and caring personality, his disrespectful sense of humor, his boundless enthusiasm for life, and his perpetual interest in learning new things. On our hikes in the Berkshires he often exclaimed over the beauty of a stream flowing over the rocks, the grandeur of an especially tall pine tree or a maple tree with impressive girth and crown, or simply the contorted roots of a tree growing over an outcropping of rocks. He often said that he hadn't appreciated what a beautiful part of the country this is and how lucky we were to be living here. He was a fun guy to be around. With his wisecracking sense of humor and this enthusiasm, almost awe, for the beauty and complexity of the natural environment, as well as for man-made things, he was a fun companion on our hikes and other excursions.

Bill, I consider myself lucky to have known you for the relatively short time I did and privileged to have been one of your friends. My deepest sympathy to you, Dolores, and to the rest of Bill's family and friends. Frank
December 18, 2013
Dear Bill,
I will always miss and love you,
our life at the farm will be a special time
knowing you were always there made my life easier,
now mom has you in her arms
your sister Barbara

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