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William D. Cawley 07/06/1934 - 08/18/2012
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October 30, 2012
I just found out about my friend Bill. I will miss his stories and my grandkids will miss his "handmade" toys. Rest in Peace my dear friend.
October 29, 2012
I knew Bill for many years and knew him as "Cool Bill". I am the proud owner of one his books of poems and will cherish it always. R.I.P. Cool Bill.
October 10, 2012
Mr. Cawley brought so much joy to my day whenever he stopped by to say hello. He always had a positive attitude and he was greatful for each day. My favorite story he told me was that of "Pokey Pony", a horse he got for his daughter when she was little. He must have told me that story 10 times over the years! What a joyful, positive spirit he was, indeed. I will always miss Mr. Cawley & I will never forget his message: To show love & compassion to others. Rest in peace Mr. Cawley.
Much love, Brooke Capshaw
October 09, 2012
I met "Cool" Bill in the year of 1990. What a great sense of humor, giving spirit and a great poet. Bless him and his family.
October 08, 2012
See you later my friend! I met you the year you arrived in our small town. A lot has changed since I was born here and the many many changes have always interested Wild Bill. I worked with him when he was a local realtor and he continued to contact me all of these years regarding real estate questions. He recently teased me that I was like spoiled milk and needed to retire and play more. I have a little wooden car that he made for my grandson and took to my office one day many years ago. Bill was a simple man in his requests during his life...he only desired to see others smile and enjoy life...nothing too much to ask from a gentleman who arrived here in our little town and watched it grow! I too have a few of his poem books and read through them periodically. Rest in peace my friend until we smile together once again:) Much love and fond memories, Francine Silva
October 07, 2012
Bill will be deeply missed by many. He had an amazing spirit about him and would light up the library when he came in! From his friends at the library from days gone by.
October 06, 2012
I met Bill at Southside Coffee and bought him some Coffee one day a long time ago. I was glad to be part of his Christmas list . I will miss his sence of humor and his friendship.

Mike Riley.
October 05, 2012
Bill was one of my regular customers when I worked at Mid-State Bank here in Lompoc in the 90's. He was always smiling and shared many of his poetry books with me. He felt we had a connection because my husband had been in the navy. After leaving the bank, I often wondered if I would run into him walking around Lompoc, but never did. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Know that he spread cheer wherever he went.
October 04, 2012
Mr. Cawley...what a sweet man. He used to bring me books at the pharmacy whenever he "cleaned out the house." I am honored to have had the chance to meet him. R.I.P
October 04, 2012
I met Mr. Cawley one day a few years ago on an outing at Vons west grocery store. He came up to me and complimented me on my blouse because it was very colorful and had a very bold floral print. He told me I had to be sure to wear that blouse to the Flower Festival. We proceeded to have a really nice chat and it was very apparent to me how proud he was of his daughter and what a kind, true gentleman he really was. Seeing his obituary brought this beautiful, cherished memory right back to me. I never ran into him again - I wish I had. He was a delightful human being. May he rest in peace!
October 04, 2012
Oh, Bill. Our friendship of many years leaves a spaciousness in my heart that will not end. You may have left us, but your memory will leave behind more than just your words on paper....your in my heart. God bless your journey from here.
October 04, 2012
A dear friend is at peace--he rented me the apartment I lived in while in Lompoc and it was a 30 year friendship. He was missed as I visited this Sept. and his passing leaves a space in Lompoc that no other can fill. Rest in peace Bill
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