What a great guy. My condolences to Kathy, Lydia, Sean, Anna and Helena.
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I have just caught up with the news of Bill's passing.
It saddened me very greatly.
In the early years when Bill and I were both single, I spent a lot of time with Bill, both hanging around his house with Sean and Lydia, when they were there for the summers, and also downtown at the Red Dog, the Triangle, and the Crystal (Ox), etc. Not to mention the endless hours brother Gary painting the Princeton Hall and the outings with Bill on it over the years.
A classic Bill tidbit - My first argument in front of the Alaska Supreme Court was in the Beck Construction case. I was up in Anchorage a day early and happened to run into Bill. I think he was up there for a follow-on appeal in the Stambaugh v. University of Alaska case. Bob Boochever tried to make me feel comfortable, but I was plenty nervous and had a gazillion 3x5 cards spread out over every inch of counsel's table with highlighters, paperclips, etc. The court allowed Bill to come up and sit with me during the argument of my case.
Bill invited me to stay and sit at counsel's table when it was time for his argument. When he opened his briefcase there were three and only three things in it. A trumpet mouthpiece, a Ben Franklin wig and a legal yellow pad that had just a couple of lines scribbled on it.
That's was it!
Great conversations, sly intelligent humor, lover of music, a thoughtful, kind, and considerate man. If you knew him you almost had to like him.
We are all diminished by his passing.
Here's a picture of the Juneau Douglas Marching Band in 1978, I think. You can see Bill in the 6th row back up in the right hand corner.
Say hi to the kids for me.
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Kathy, we were very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He not only participated so willingly in every office he took on but he was an inspirational guy in his quiet (without trumpet)way.
Dear Kathy: I just learned today of Bill's passing. Like so many others I am very sad. He was always so courteous and friendly with a great smile. I always enjoyed saying hello to you two. My thoughts are with you and your family
Dear Kathy and Family
I was saddened to see that Bill as passed. He will always be remembered by the "AHS Class of '55". I was happy to have both of you to our class reunion. RIP
From 90th I had a pleasure to know Bill and you and even had a privilege to host Bill in my apartment in Moscow for a week within one of his trips to Russia when he helped us to develop the first class legal practice in Russia and specifically to build our practice [and lawyers] in the Russian Far East. I enjoyed all our conversations within the last two decades in Moscow, Vladivostok, and Sakhalin. My condolences to you and your Family.
My deepest sympathy to you and family. I had many good conversations over the years with Bill and thoroughly, enjoyed his wit, knowledge,life experiences and commitment to whatever he was involved in, ie, work, Rotary, music,education, community ,etc.
He was a good man and I much appreciated and enjoyed his friendship.
Dear Kathy, I have fond memories of Bill, from the early days of my law career, when Fred Baxter pitted me against the likes of Jim Bradley and Jim Clark, and after they had beat me up, Bill would find a way to make it feel as if it was all OK, and that it was all in the natural order of things for the younger guy to take it in the chin. I know you were the love of his life, and that you will miss him beyond measure. My thoughts are with you.
While Suzanne and I knew of Bill's heroic struggle to continue his life with you and the family through your postings, news of his passing comes sadly as a reminder of how fragile we all are. Please know we are thinking of you at this time and are hopeful Bill's memory brings you comfort. As Bill's former law partner, I have many memories. His wisdom and maturity always thoughtful and , frequently,laced with humor. His wonderful appreciation of music and theater and curiosity about other places and other things. I will miss him as will many, many others.
May all these memories and more to come help keep you strong .
Leroy and Suzanne
Bill was a great friend. I am deeply saddened by his passing. He will be missed.
Kathy & family, condolences to you all. Regards, Karen & Ole Taug
Dear Kathy and the Ruddy family:
What a loss to Juneau, to Alaska, to our relationship with the Russian Far East, to all of your family and to those who knew and loved Bill. He accomplished much in his lifetime. May your memories and our thoughts and prayers comfort you in this time of loss.
Dear Kathy and family,
Our sincerest and heartfelt condolences to you. Bill was a wonderful, involved, and caring man who contributed so much to the Juneau community. He will be greatly missed. Lynda Giguere and Rick Clair
Bill was a friend and aquaintance almost from the time he arrived in Alaska.Few of us have the energy and intellect to achieve what Bill did and it was always in his trademark quiet and assured manner. He lead a full and productive life; a life that brought great benefits to many and a lifetime of satisfaction to him. Bill Ruddy will be well remembered.Warren
Kathy & family: Prayers for peace and comfort to your family. Sorry for your loss.
As you know so well, Bill will be remembered by all his collegues in the Russian offices of Russin & Vecchi for his love of the law and his concern to share his knowledge, particularly with younger lawyers. I will miss the times I had together with you and him after law school, in Washington, in Juneau, in Moscow, Vladivostok, and Maine. It was always a joy to see you and Bill together.
I remember Bill as an especially warm, witty, and humane member of our law school class 50+ years ago.
I remember how floored I was at the Lucky Lady when I heard Bill play jazz with Claire Daley's group when they were here during Jazz and Classics. I was fortunate to play with him that evening too. He sure could play that horn! I'll miss seeing him around town. My condolences. Georgia
I ran into a brick wall named Bill Ruddy almost 25 yrs. ago when I first started a law practice in Juneau. He advocated with ferocity. He also knew how to have fun, and when my bruises healed I enjoyed getting to know him outside of court. He was generous to the community and to friends in need, and he was a devoted husband and father.
Wise, soft spoken, kind hearted and supportive person. Ruddy's always have the door open to people and the community. Thoughts and condolences to Kathy and family.
Kathy - thinking of you and family. Bill was a lovely person. Always had a twinkle in those kind eyes. Love Gladi Kulp and Jon Pond
Our entire family loved Bill. My he rest in peace. The Lord has called you home and it is within the embrace of his loving arms that you my friend will reside forever.
Kathy so sorry to hear about bill i remember when i met bill when i was 6 years old and mom and betty worked for Robertson monegal esteaugh and bradley brings back childhood memories love. Katies daughrer cheryl dilg
Dear Kathy, what a wonderful legacy William has left Alaska. Our warm and supportive thoughts are with you and your family. Love, Stan and Amy Lujan
Always a gentleman, Bill was an excellent lawyer and a good man. His was a life well-lived. I am happy to have known him. My condolences to Kathy and the family.
A wonderfully gentle and intelligent man, with the kindest of hearts, and the finest of friends
Kathy, we will miss him so much, he was a wonderful person.
Connie and I are so very sorry to hear of Bill Ruddy's passing. He was a fine and admirable person. We extend our deep sympathy and condolences to the family.
Kenneth W. Moss MD