About 6 years ago, John Payne called me to ask if I would like to fill in for a member of the Nimrod and Reel fishing club on a charter boat in Manteo. Upon arrival at the house, everyone was there except for John. I was welcomed with open arms and began one of the most enjoyable weekends of my life. This was the first time I met this roup of crazies, but I knew from the start they had somehting special. I never laughed as much as I did that weekend, and when it was time to go home, I was offered a hand shake and a hug from Bill, and he said to me;"Pete, you are welcome to hang with us anytime you like" From that day forward, be it in Manteo, at the Smithfield Parade, at the Station, at the house on the Rapp, at the wine festival or any place else we got togther, I was always greated with a big hug and that ever-lasting smile. I never spent a day with Bill in the last 6 years that was not full of fun and laughter. He and that group of crazies have changed my life forever, and hold a very special place in my heart. I love you Bill. God Bless you, Lisa, Meredith, Ben and everyone you touched in your life. You made the world a better place.