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Zman

Bill Foley - Friend, Gentlemen, Mentor, Ambassador

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It is with a saddened heart that I inform the decorating community that we have lost one of the truly golden nuggets amoung us. On Friday, Bill Foley lost his battle with Cancer. While some may not know the name, those who have been around this hobby for a while will remember Bill as one of the early pioneers and innovators in the hobby. He was there in the early days of LOR and Planet Christmas, as they were getting off the ground. I think Bill may still have one of the original LOR controllers that Dan conceived and built, years ago. I know he had a special bond with Chuck.

Those of us in the northwest had a special tie to Bill, and his lovely wife Nancy. They have always been so gracious, hosting our annual gathering, in what I still believe is one of the truly outstanding venues for any type of meeting. They allowed us to convene in thier home on the banks of Lake St. Clair in Olympia Washington. Bill had a play shop, and a light inventory that was alway our envy. He was always working on something, was a wealth of knowledge, had a great sense of humor, a brilliant business man who understood what a handshake meant.

I lost a friend and mentor. One of the kindest, most giving souls I have come to know, period. Our community lost one of it's ambassador's, and the world has lost a true gentle man.

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I heard about this yesterday..wow..hate to have lost a true pioneers from the community..zman tell the family we are praying for them..

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A sad way to start the day. I have never met Bill, but it is as if I had, as I came to know and admire him through this forum. He will be sorely missed. I will keep Nancy and the rest of his family in my thoughts and prayers.

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Yes Bill will be missed. A true pioneer in decorating with light. It was obvious from the 8 years or so that i have known him one of his true joys was watching others brighten the smiles of the thousands that viewed all the different displays. He would open his shop and let us learn from his vast knowledge and kick ideas back and forth. The smile he had on his face this spring when we brought the singing snowman to his workshop to display for the annual meeting was truly worth the effort to pack the snowman up and bring him by.

Will be missed by all but certainly not forgotten. There is a piece of Bill in every show in our vast group.

Gary will continue to display at his home, the hand made pieces bill produced by his loving brother.

Nancy, well what can i say - lots o hugs.

Lowell

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I haven't been in the Forums for awhile, and I just came across this post today.

I am deeply saddened by this news, as Bill Foley was an inspiration to me, and has taught me so much. I was fortunate enough to meet him and his lovely wife, Nancy, a couple of times over the years. Great people like Bill are hard to find, and he will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Nancy and family.

Bill

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That is terrible to hear. Bill created my 3-D star for me...before you could buy them from ChristmasLightShow. He wanted to have my Yellow Snow dogs lift their legs using animatronics...which he was getting into with a donkey that moves for Dominick the Donkey. His memory lives at the top of my megatree every year....

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I took 2 years off from decorating, so this is my first time hearing of Bill's passing. We had such a great time at his home for the Washington Mini's. He also gave me a ton of pointers on my welding for my wireframes. I will say, God is awfully lucky. Now he'll have the most kickin Christmas display in the universe. We will miss you bill.

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