Kim McNamaraSteve’s days in Canada came to a close with a lovely visit with our friend Kim McNamara.  It felt so strange to be in Bolton having a BBQ without our dear friend, Bill.  However, it was good to be able to reminise and to look at pictures of the amazing experiences we shared during our year together in Malaysia.  Reading the tributes to Bill that were written by the many people whose lives he so positively influenced helped us to come to grips with this loss in our lives. Kim told us of the hundreds of people whose lives Bill had touched who came to the funeral. One group of students took a cab all the way from Guelph to Toronto to be there to pay their respects.
                                                                         Ken, Susan and Kim 
Friday morning Kim and I dropped Steve off at a the airport and then I had another two full days with Kim.  We even tackled some pool jobs to make our time useful.  On Saturday, Ken and Susan, two friends from that first year who knew Bill and Kim well, came out for the afternoon to to visit and relax by the pool. It was good to see them again.

Kim wanted to be sure that we thanked her friends in Malaysia for the gift of a vase in memory of Bill, and the many thoughtful cards and notes that Bill’s colleagues and friends in Malaysia had sent. Following a suggestion by Gan Yen Sen, the business award at Taylor’s College has been renamed in Bill’s honour; a fitting tribute to a unique guy, and one of the finest men we have ever met.

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