When I went to the fremont fair this year, and asked, have you seen bill wood?, the gentleman in the booth said, bill has flown west, we lost him last year. I remember when I saw him last, I knew something wasnt right, so I gave him the latest edition of the oshkosh shirt, it put a smile on his face. When I stopped by the veterans booth, I saw Deb there and gave her a hug and she showed me his hand print that had been captured on a small piece of metal as a necklace.
Bill Wood was one of the most interesting, intelligent, wise and witty people I have ever met. His love of aviation was a common thread for him and I. I gave him a highly detailed pen and ink drawing of a Hiller helicopter, something he had trained in, in the military. When I found this web page today, I was thrilled to see the picture of him wearing the hiller helicopter shirt that was made from the original pen and ink drawing I gave him.
Even in his passing, Bill has left a wide swath of friends that really loved this guy and were better off for having known him and sharing in a lot of experiences with him.
I feel very priviledged that I got to know him as long as I did.
The planet sighs a heavy sigh, because Bill was here on the planet as a universal citizen of the universe.And now Bill is flying through the universe!
I miss you Bill.
J. Dennis Hicklin