Bill Dewey, our beloved Wldewey, earned his wings January 24, 2005

Ringworm/Daryl, RedHead/Julia, Buck/George, Fludder/Cindy, Wild Bill
at the San Antonio Reunion / party

Please leave virtual flowers and a note on Bill's Findagrave memorial located HERE

Bill Dewey was a friend to many people, from all walks of life, from all over America. He was a member of a chat group who had been friends for almost a decade, since the earliest days of his time online. He was quiet and unassuming, always staying in the background, listening to the chat of others, and then sending in a zinger when you least expected it. He shared our laughter, our hopes, our dreams and our successes, as well as our sorrow in illness, death, and loss. There was always a cheerful word, a gentle chuckle, and an ear to listen when needed. Several times, Bill traveled to meet his friends. These times became some of his greatest memories, and he shared the stories from these visits with others, who would later join this ever larger circle of friends.

In his kind and gentle way, he shared his life, his laughter, and his love as he taught his friends from the internet that he had no fear of death, and knew that he would wake up in the arms of Jesus when his time arrived to leave this earth and enter into the Kingdom of God.

Over the months that he fought this courageous battle with cancer, then the injury, and the return of the cancer - he would visit with first one and then another, at all hours of the day or night. Always with a smile, always with "I'm ok - hanging in there". And he did hang in there. Right up until the last day, he was still hanging tough.

Bill has taught us valuable lessons in faith, in courage, and in dignity. He will leave behind hundreds of friends who will cherish his memory, laugh at the times we have shared, and treasure the pictures and stories of our times together. He will be a legend in his group of Baby Boomers, never to be forgotten.

As the circle of friends gathered closer together in his final days, more friendships grew, and Bill's love was shared by more and more people. That will be his greatest gift to us.... the friends who found each other through Bill. We will never forget this wonderful friend. God give you peace, and rest, Wild Bill. We love you.

Your friends in Boomer Chat

Written by our Red Head, Julia, who arranged to have his ashes scattered in San Antonio
It is with the greatest sadness that I post my final update on our beloved friend, Bill Dewey.
He walked into the arms of his Jesus at 8:20 p.m. this evening, surrounded by his family, his pastor, and his dear friend Irene who has been so kind in his final days. Thank you all for your prayers, your love, and your expressions of hope for this dear man who has taught us so many lessons in courage and grace.
Walk tall, Wild Bill. You left a great legacy in what a boomer ought to be. I love you, my friend.
When my eyes look up at the moon..
we will all feel you and remember:
And Smile...
With sincere condolences to his family and friends...
Farewell my friend....Love~EARTHIE~...Cheryl
I remember Bill laughing at me and with me, God I am going to miss his links to some wonderful sights, but most of all, I am going to miss his companionship on line and my only regret is I never had the chance to meet him in person. God speed my friend and watch for all of us, we soon will be close to you for another reunion!
Pat 8563
My biggest memory of Bill however is he never got into controversies or arguments............and his was great and he loved his music and was willing to share it with all. He's a great guy................a peace keeper............just what boomers needed!
I thank God he is not alone now and in the rehab with others to keep an eye on him and company. The internet was such a big part of his life. .I just pray God relieves him of his suffering....such a wonderful man!!!.....hugs....Linda (Nicsnutz)
Bill will be in my heart forever and I have the same regret that I will never get to meet him. God bless and hold you in his arms tight Bill Dewey we love you and will miss you dearly
May he rest in peace, knowing he was embraced by this community of strangers who became friends.
God Bless you Bill Dewey, your gone, but never will be forgotten.
Stephen((((((((((BILL ^5s))))))))))))))) Skie
Dear Bill, Our time with you wasn't long enough and all of us Boomers will miss you. Keep an eye on us from Heaven, and be sure to play nice up there.
Pat (Patriot)
Bill,  I am so happy that I was able to talk with you on the phone a couple of days ago. I feel I did the right thing by calling you up.
Thanks to all the ladies in our group for trying so hard to make a special gift to Bill. I know you spent many hours visiting, sending and answering E-mail and snail mail, and so many other things.
Craig Scranton
bill believed in God with all his heart and soul
i know this because we always talked of it
God Bless you Bill
with all my love
jane (Bulbatune)
Dear Bill,
On Saturday I talked to you for the first time. You told me you felt sick, so sick. Irene was there with you, when I talked to you. She showed you my picture again, and ah yes, that is Keabird7 who you talked to late at night towards the end, when you still didn't feel that well in your apartment. And I couldn't find any boomers in the room to chat with. I told you about me, and you told me about you. And you remembered that.
And I am so grateful that I was able to talk to you and let you know how much I cared on the phone. I was able to put a voice to the picture to the words that you had written to me. I was such a small part of your life. As you were of mine. But when you left my IM window, I really missed you.
And when I heard that you were in the nursing home, I wanted to say hey, Bill! And I sent you cards, and even a picture of a real Keabird. And because of you Bill Dewey I found my old Boomer friends and then some. I hadn't realized how much I had missed them.
I know you suffered a long time. I know that your family and friends helped you leave our physical world and enter into the spiritual realm where there is no suffering, but only peace and comfort.
It was hard to hear your sister's IM today on the computer. She asked me to tell the boomers of the news. So I gave it to your best buddy Julia. I thought you'd like it to be that way.
So Wild Bill Dewey... Are you going to make us a Room up in Heaven? Because that's the first thing I'm going to look for when I die.. I'll look for my IM window in the sky.
Dearest Bill Dewey,
On this day you left us, your journey began, no more pain, no more suffering, just a warm outpouring of love, to be able to join your loved ones and friends forever. I know you are smiling down on all of us and you know how much we will all miss you. Put in a good word for us, we will have the biggest convention of boomers ever, one day. Today is the first day of the rest of your life, it should be a celebration, and I am sure they are having a wonderful reception in "your honor". By the way, if you see my Dad, tell him I love and miss him, also it would be nice when I have completed my job down here on earth, that he could wait at them golden gates for me. If I know you, you will be emailing everyone in heaven, looking for all the boomers. You touched my heart 8 years ago, we discussed many things, from how your Mom loved "Little House on the Prairie" to discussing our "loves". You taught me many things on the computer, and we have kept in touch ever since. You were always there for me, to listen to me, to help me through the tough years. I thanked you then. I just want you to know that I will miss your outpouring of love and kindness, that great smile of yours, and all those tales you told me ! Just like Ski says......your gone...but will never be ......... until we meet again, I send my love to you.
Love & Peace be with you
Bev (Misty)
Memories Last Forever - When we lose a loved one, our memories of time spent with them become even more precious.
May our memories comfort us during this difficult time.
Marcia (Marnee)
Bill is not gone. His friendship and service live on and on -- and that is all we can really ask in the long run.
He's just left the room. TTYL Wild Bill..
Sharon (SLSHarris)
I too will miss a Dear Dear Friend and Buddy  and great online friend, BILL DEWEEE. May God keep him in his arms and nourish him with Love and in the house of Light with God and with all of the Heavens Angels for Eternity.
I dedicate this song to Bill Dewey: I Can See Clearly Now (Real Player)
Love in Friendship   Marylou (Fluffy)
God Speed Bill...just know you were loved by all your boomer buds here on earth and we will all be looking for you when we come to meet our maker too.
Love to you and your family,
Charlotte (Harthorn)
Dear Boomers, as many of you know, I am never usually at a loss for words, but the emptiness in my heart will not let me express what I, along with you all, are feeling right now.
Such a kinder, gentler man I have never had the pleasure to meet, if only on line and the tears that flow for him and the hollowness so many of us are feeling right now, give testament for the man he was.
God speed Bill and know all the love that follows you and remember, walk slowly, and keep watch for all of us, the biggest boomer bash is just a breath away.
I love you Bill Dewey and God knows how much you will be missed!
Pat / Patsaredhead
I just heard the news and although I wasn't privileged to have known Bill, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of your loss.
May he rest in peace.
Patty aka Fab50s Prayer List
A personal good-bye, and thanks, for the gift of time that we all had to know him...
Mr B Winkee
Dear Bill;
I lost my Faith a long time ago, and some days live in darkness.
Your Faith and Courage were an inspiration to me, as you struggled to survive.
Each story of your brave fight humbled me, and your final release also released me.
I grieve your loss brother Boomer, but smile at the Grace and Dignity with which you left us to find your final peace.
You'll always have a place in my soul, Bill.
Fred (OutaSite)
IN HEAVEN God looked around his garden and found an empty place, he then looked down upon his earth and saw ur loving face. he put his arms around u and lifted u to rest, his garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best no more suffering . You will always have a place in my heart . Never forget you and the things we shared and laughed about.. and WLDEWEY make sur there's room for your Hillbilly there .. I'm going to miss you my dear and precious friend.. I love you Bill ..GOD TAKE EXTRA SPECIAL CARE OF OUR FRIEND .. IF I SHOULD FIND A PENNY ..I KNOW IT'S PENNIES SENT DOWN FROM HEAVEN .. HUGGS BILL .. *PJK9899* PAM
Donna (WTink) and I had the honor of meeting Bill at a reunion in San Antonio a few years back. We will never forget what a wonderful guy he was. He had a great sense of humor, and was always smiling. The fond memories of him will always be in our hearts and minds.
Barry and Donna
It's been a long time since I've been in Boomers, and a longer time since I've seen Bill there. I didn't know him well, as he was always so quiet, so courteous, and to me, just one helluva good guy.
Over 35 years ago, I stopped praying. I had experienced the horrors of war and witnessed, first hand, what people are capable of doing to one and other, my sins included. I learned not to depend or take refuge in prayer, I lashed out to survive, and in violation of the most sacred of God's laws. Today I am humbled by how you all have rallied around the spirit of a good man, through your prayers. You all, and Bill, have shown me that goodness still prevails in these most difficult of times. Having said that, and if God will hear a stranger, I will say a prayer for a good man, a spirit gone to rest.
"May you be at peace my brother. Your trials on this plain have ended, your soul is with your maker. May he welcome you into his home."
May God bless you all, and thank you for opening my eyes...
Amen Mikey,You put into words i am only feeling, I have missed talking to all of you. God speed Will Bill, Save a spot for us all.
Eddie (LocoONE59)
Friends of Bill,
May God hold Bill gently in the palm of his hand.
God Rest His Soul.
I send my thoughts and prayers out to Bill and his whole family, which include "We Boomers."
IM honored to have all of you as friends, even if you have funny little names.
Sincerely, Kathy Mo....(Malshie)
When I came to Boomers 9 years ago and met Bill I knew right away what a sweet loving soul he was.
Early on Bill and I talked about music..
He would send me email every single day with song downloads or jokes.
I began to call him my AOL Maleman!
When I left the Boomer room and started hanging out in another room Bill would come in there and chat with CRober and I.
Always teasing us about being trouble when we were together on our trips etc.
He would always talk to Sandy about meeting her in San Antonio and how much he enjoyed that....I will miss him greatly....
But knowing Bill he's smiling down on us all right now..... God Bless my AOL MALE MAN! Carri (FortyFine)
The passing of Bill has been hard for most of us. But if anything it has also showed us that the people in the Baby Boomer room are wonderful people. Sometimes we let the little things in our lives seem so big, that is until someone like Bill faces so much so bravely. I only hope that if my time comes anytimes soon that I can be half the person that Bill was facing so much pain and sickness. My love to ALL the Boomers.... Kathy (Noel)
I wanted to express my deepest sympathy in the loss of our little buddy Bill Dewey. He was a quiet man who always was nice to me in the boomer room. We shared some E-mails from time to time...and he was always pleasant and kind to me. Please remember Boomies, that death is not is just Goodnight for a short while. Bill's passing is just another reminder how precious life is to each of us. Every day is a gift...use it wisely. Take time to tell someone that you love them...and that they are special to you. Precious Bill, I know that you are making the angels you did me several times. Good night Buddy....look for the rest of us one day.
Your friend always, STELLA (Charlene)
Dear sweet Bill. You remembered me but I could only sort of remember you when I became well enough to log on a year ago. You told me that you were sick. I told you that I was sick. We kept each other company many times in the chat room. I'd blab and blab and you would listen. You told me that sometimes you were too sick to chat and that you liked to be in the room to ''listen to everybody''. Sometimes I'd be blabbing so much that I'd ask, ''Bill are you here?" and you'd say, ''yes I'm still here''. I'd ask were you tired of my blabbing and you'd say, ''no''. You sent me a really nice picture of you. You said that you liked the outdoors. I remember saying that I could almost smell the clean air in your yard as opposed to my yard. Sometimes a few people would pop into the chat room. You liked good jokes and you seemed to have the skill of helping people to settle down when they were fretting. For me, the second time around as a boomer, the chat room wasn't a chat room unless you were there. My tears are selfish tears...tears for me...crying because you're not here. I know that you are at peace and without pain. I was thinking to myself, ''what would Dewey Bill say if I told him that I was crying?" And I think that you'd probably say, ''don't cry, I'm still here''. I never told you Bill why I always said, ''nite and sweet dreams'' when I exited the chat room. It was my way of saying goodbye in case your illness progressed and I didn't see you again. I think that you knew that because you'd say the same thing back to me. So, I'll say it once for now and hope that it lasts until we meet again. 'nite and sweet dreams my friend.
Love, Your Friend, Kris
I was very sad to here of Bill's passing. I know he is with the lord now and suffers no more. He will be watching over all of us from above. I love all my boomer friends and very sorry I haven't kept in touch. God bless you all and prayers are with Bill's family. Thanks to Bill for all our wonderful memories!
Love always,
Merle (sissy455)
It takes a kind word to spread love.. It takes just a wink of an eye, a gentle smile, to know the soul.
In our lives we have the rare occasion to meet someone Who can do all that and more...
Bill was that rare occasion.
My candle is still lit to the eastern sky and my song is on the wind for you dear Boomer spirit.
Say hello to all those who have gone before....and tell them Boomers miss them....
For Bill and those who love him as Tomorrow starts without him.

If Tomorrow Starts without Me

If tomorrow starts without me, And I'm not there to see, If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did today, While thinking of the many things, we didn't get to say. I know how much you love me, As much as I love you, And each time that you think of me, I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me, Please try to understand, That an angel came and called my name, And took me by the hand, And said my place was ready, In heaven far above, And that I'd have to leave behind; All those I dearly love. But as I turned to walk away, A tear fell from my eye For all my life, I'd always thought, I didn't want to die.

I had so much to live for, So much left yet to do, It seemed almost impossible, That I was leaving you. I thought of all the yesterdays, The good ones and the bad, I thought of all the love we shared, And all the fun we had. If I could relive yesterday, Just even for a while, I'd say good-bye and kiss you And maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized, That this could never be, For emptiness and memories, Would take the place of me. And when I thought of worldly things, I might miss come tomorrow, I thought of you, and when I did, My heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through heaven's gates, I felt so much at home. When God looked down and smiled at me, From His Great golden throne, He said, "This is eternity, And all I've promised you." Today your life on earth is past, But here life starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, But today will always last, And since each day's the same way, There's no longing for the past. You have been so faithful, So trusting and so true. Though there were times you did some things, You knew you shouldn't do. But you have been forgiven, and now at last you're free. So won't you come and take my hand, and share your life with me? So when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart, For every time you think of me, I'm right here, in your heart.

May God be with you and your family now and always.
Way back when, a time when the Boomer room was a constant and wonderous place for over several hundreds of us, one day, we could walk in any time of day to find only Bill there, 24/7. The funniest thing, he would never speak, even when we urged him to say something. We finally figured it out, there was a glitch in Aol, and Wild had become a permanent Boomer Room fixture. When Bill did come in, his name would appear twice. So, we just made sure Bill was comfy propped into the corner or next to the bar, we would kid about his ghost <cringe> in the room, and we would all have a great time. Trying to explain it to a newbie was even more fun. We were actually saddened to see the day Aol fixed the glitch. But, in my heart, I will always remember Bill there, quietly sitting in the corner, grinning, enjoying, especially now. And forever. Anne

This is how I will always remember you, Bill, like the last time I saw you, smiling!  S{hugyou

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