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Rest in Peace Bill Rotureau

Fair sky's and tail winds Gypsy!

Thanks for being such a good Friend, wingman and Patriot!

I'm so glad you was able to move in with your daughter even briefly before ya had to go.

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Do we have any audio of Bill?

 

As for a special ceremony missing Man.

I'll be gone over the weekend for Thanksgiving.

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Very sad news, I did hope that he would be able to fly with us again. RIP Bill.

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Oh that sure is sad news. 😔

RIP Bill, it was a pleasure to fly with you sir!

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So sad to hear this - I remember inviting Bill to join the Dogz after he posted a question on the CloD group on Facebook. I'm glad he managed to fly with us for a little while.

Blue skies mate.

Jabo

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The service is taking place right now.....

May you rest in peace Bill.  It was a pleasure knowing you.

S!

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Dear Bill,

Can't tell you how much I'm gonna miss hearing that relaxed, easy-going drawl calmly emanating from my headphones; the easy-going grace with which you tackled any challenge - in the DCS cockpit anyway, as that is unfortunately the only arena I was able to witness it first hand - and the dichotomy of your quiet, almost befuddlingly laissez-faire, determination, all these made you a pleasure to be around in the virtual skies.

The matter-of-fact way in which you treated your illness, knowing your time was limited, was of much the same spirit - and I will take some solace in the fact that, while you always kept hoping for another few months, you seemed, if not fearless, then phlegmatic and philosophical, to the point where if someone had tapped you on the shoulder and said "tomorrow morning Bill, 10.30", you're response would have been "okay, I got 13 hours to have some fun and love my family a little bit longer."

I'll miss your stories, your jokes, that wheezy laugh. I'll miss the humility of a gentlemen being instructed in the finer points of Spitfire flying by a young upstart half his age and taking it with such decency and dignity, no histrionics, no drama, no diva, just oodles and oodles of plain good grace.

Bill mate, you have a fine legacy and a wonderful family; and, if I may, you have made an example for a not-so-young man to aspire to, and if even a fraction of your grace and decency has rubbed off, well he's  a very lucky fellow.

I hope you have found yourself back in the cockpit of your T-38 - and this time I think they'll forgive you if you break outta the circuit. Go chase some clouds, Bill. No-one deserves it more.

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Thanks Tom, I could not of said it better, matter fact I know I can't you used words beyond me, hopefully not Bill LOL

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Sad News Indeed😥 

Bill thank you for friendly comradeship , it was a pleasure to get to know you and fly with you. I will miss your presence.

RIP my friend.:icon_salut: 

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That was beautiful Tom, spot on.

He believed he would be back...... “Life take two”. 

I hope he was right !

This is the last thing he said in the chat box.....

“ I am still looking at the last week in Nov before I get to hear your lovely voices again! “

Got to love that man !

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The one guy who would, always, break off whatever he was doing and come to your aid.

Would cross the channel just to try and help out on your six. I had many private TS conversations with Bill, I will miss his fine old drawl.

Blue skys old buddy.

 

 

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It was a pleasure knowing and flying with you Bill. Thanks for being a part of my life and sharing your incredibly valuable time with us Dogz. Blue skies mate.

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I'm sad that I didn't get to know Bill better , but no matter, Bill is Dangerdogz and therefore my brother! Goodbye for now brother, see you by and by in the sky!

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Saddened to hear the news. 

I had to fly a missing man formation for real this season.

Bongo

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