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Never had the opportunity to meet Bill, but I enjoyed reading his post's.

RIP Bill


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Should have included this earlier. Here is Bill's website that offers a glimpse of several of his passions: his old trucks, gardening, and the 1947 Flxible Clipper coach known as "da bus." There's a lot of neat stuff.

Here is his 1958 Chevy Longbed, a "working 'Bolt" ... featured in our Working Bolts calendar.

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Thanks John. I just viewed his website and it was very entertaining. I didn’t know him but I’ve read many of his post and he will surely be missed. He was a very artistic man of many talents. Did he ever finish the “Flxable” bus he was working on? It was turning out beautiful.

I love a quote he had on his site, “ Enjoy it while you’ve got it, all good things end.”

“Rest In Peace” my friend!

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He has been a presence on here as long as I've been here. Thanks Bill, Godspeed.

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My sincere condolences from Alabama. I can see from his website that we shared a lot of common interest. I was seriously into the organic life and homesteading back in the late 70’s and early 80’s and I still have three compost bins in the backyard. I also love to repurpose things.

I can see from my past searches that Bill was an integral part of this Stovebolt community. May he rest in peace and know that, as John said, “His influence on all our lives will endure and continue to put a smile on the face of anyone who ever was blessed to have been in contact with him in anyway”.

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I've been asked by Bill's wife to post a couple of things; his obituary and his living will. Both are a clear reflection of who Bill was, his sense of humor, and his love of life.

Living Will

I, William A LePage, currently of sound mind and body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means.

The days of my years are numbered. While they last, I would wish to be productive, and have some small share of pleasure.

Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of politicians, lawyers, or doctors padding the balance sheet.

If a reasonable amount of time passes and I fail to ask for at least one of the following:

My truck keys
My tool bag
Dark Chocolate
Greek Salad
An enchilada or bean burrito

It should be presumed that I won't be getting better. When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my appointed person and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes, and turn out the lights, "The party's over!"

Hopefully, I will have left the space I disturbed by my passing through, a small bit better.

- - - - - - - - - - - -

Bill was born on a Friday the 13th, in October 1944 in Motor City USA, to Paul R. and Lucy P., who pre-deceased him. A community supporter, he is noted for making the Best Cider Vinegar in the Known Universe, and making old things new again. He loved peace and quiet and creating odd things.

Weary of reading obituaries about someone's courageous battle with death, Bill wants it known that he died as a natural consequence of being alive, after raising hell for more than seven decades.

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"Good health is .... dying at the slowest possible rate"

Sept, 2015

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I also want to let you know that we will be incorporating Bill's website into the Stovebolt site. I working on arrangements now to import his site to Stovebolt. So the Flxible will live as long as Stovebolt lives.

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We've got some more information from Dawn and hopefully Paul will be able to move Bill's site soon. Dawn sent more pictures we can load up there, too.


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Bill was a great guy and I will miss him. He was a great help to me with advice and parts to help me with Esmerelda - my 55 longbox. But I also respected Bill for not getting into the mud when he was slagged in the past.. .he responded with wit, grace and humour...a class act that is all too rare. RIP Bill.. glad you made Canuckistan your home.

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