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  • Bob Andrews
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    I was both glad and sad to see this thread revived. I thought the world of Bondo, and will remember him always. But it made me sad to think about the bygone days of York and Reedsville and the great times spending a couple days immersed in the Studebaker world with great Stude folks, like Bondo. Also a little sad to see some friends that posted here but haven’t heard from in some time.

    Sadly, time marches on.

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  • 50Ragtop
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    I returned home late Saturday (8/1/20) with what was Billy's 47 Commander convertible. Today I had to look around and see if I could find anything about "Bondo Billy" and ran across this thread started by Jim Turner now about 7 years ago. Jim had the car in his storage unit and we loaded it up Saturday morning along with a pickup load of parts. I am fortunate to get this project as it will meld in well with my brother's bullet nosed 50. I had a 'Christmas morning" Sunday unloading all the boxes and looking inside. Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know one of his last projects lives on. Maybe not what he envisioned, but it will be a great car when done. I had a thought on the long drive home about naming the car. My brother's name is Gene and his health is failing. I'm thinking the car will be named "Billy Gene". Many of you may not know, but there was an immensely popular song years ago, "Bille Jean" by Michael Jackson. Thought that may bring a smile to some of your faces!

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  • AKAchamptrucking
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    I was just catching up on a Turning Wheels and saw that Bondo Billy had passed. I am late to find out and sad to hear it. Ellen,it was my pleasure to have met you and Bill a few years ago when you set up for the South Bend International meet. My wife still has the Studebaker shirt you guys gave her. Please know you are in out thoughts. Rich in South Bend.

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  • johnandcathy
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    very sorry to hear of his passing, we last spoke after the hurricane last year when we were getting jackets made-very nice man

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  • 53k
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    Originally posted by JohnHenne View Post
    I still have the hat Bill gave to all members of alt.autos.studebaker way back in the 90's. Each one was personalized with our name. He used to set up his press and sell shirts at the swap meet in York and also at some Zone Meets. Ellen was at the 2013 Northeast Zone Meet just a few weeks ago.

    My wife and I had dinner with Bill, Ellen and their daughter Robin once (the "All girl pit crew.") Great people.

    God bless you Bondo.

    John Henne
    Shelburne, NH
    I still have my hat too.
    When we (Potomac Chapter) were planning out 2003 Route 66 Trip I contacted Billy about making us matching t-shirts. He came us with a fine design, we ordered them, got them in fine shape, but there was no invoice. I called him and his response was that they were his contribution to our trip- no charge.
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  • TX Rebel
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    Deepest condolences to Ellen & all of the family & numerous friends left behind. Bill was a great guy who loved everyone, & was loved & respected by all of the many, many people he came in contact with. He touched so many with his positive attitude, knowledge, honesty & enthusiasm. His was a life well lived.

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  • studeski
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    Wow! Just saw this today. Haven't seen Bill and Ellen for a few years. I loved to stop by and chat. Great people. RIP, Bill.

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  • markansas
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    just heard about Bondo Bill's passing. Always enjoyed his stories.. never met him, but Learned a lot from him.

    thanks for sharing him with us, Ellen

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  • LarkTruck
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    Just got back from vacation, how sad to read the news. Our thoughts and prayers to Ellen and Family, well, to all of us, because he was our Family. As Frank D. said, can't wait to see his latest goodies at THE BIG SWAP MEET.
    Rest in Peace our friend, your battle is over.
    Jim & Judy (aka Kay)

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  • s2dbkr
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    Sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I didn't know him personally, but I followed him on his website for over a decade.
    Condolences to his family and friends.

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  • Scotty Bob
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    My condolences to Bill's family....

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  • Anne F. Goodman
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    So sorry to hear this. Bill was one of the first ones to welcome my family into the online Studebaker community back in 2006. I had the pleasure of meeting Bill and Ellen. Had some custom shirts made in Omaha. It was my first International Meet. They were the greatest. I really enjoyed our visits. Ellen we will be thinking of you. If there anything that we can do please just ask. Thank you for your Studebaker Dedication. Bill is missed already. He's in good company still , lots of Good people there.
    Sincerely
    Anne F. Goodman

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  • LeoH
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    Originally posted by fpstude View Post
    Tough to hear this. As others, I never met him. However, through the forum and ads, I knew he was a great person.
    I feel this way. I had several interactions with him on his website some years back, a fun person, whatever your shared interest it felt.

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  • BobPalma
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    Yes, Ellen; thanks for checking in. Truly a great guy! BP

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  • Studedude
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    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Robin, "Stretch."

    Both you and Bill always amazed me when I visited with you, either by phone, or in person. I felt we were friends from the beginning. I don't think either of you ever met a stranger, and were both able to communicate, even with an Okie. <G>

    Thanks for sharing Billy with us!

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