In tribute to Bill Nichols

 

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  1. All my memories of Bill are filled with his big smile. He will be greatly missed. Sending my love to everyone.

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  2. Oh my, what a wonderful guy! Only saw him maybe once a year at Hardison/Johnson family reunions. Bill was always such a warm person. Always a friendly face with a big smile.
    He is surely missed by all. God bless you TJ and all the boys. You are all in my prayers. So sorry I couldn’t be there. Blessings to all🙏🏻

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  3. The first star party my wife and I attended with the Fort Worth Astronomical Society was a special event for us. Bill was assisting visitors, answering questions, guiding people around to the different presenters. He was knowledgeable, but what we always remembered is his welcoming attitude. We have lost a kind and gentle spirit. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  4. Bill is one of the warmest, nicest and calmest people I have ever known. He always had a big smile and he was a hugger. He was a friend to everyone he met and especially to me. He made everyone feel like you were his best friend and would do anything for you.

    He really enjoyed the Out Reach events with our astronomy club and would spend as much time with each person as they wanted to look through his scope and answer their questions.

    I will so miss him but I will always remember his smiling face, his voice and laughter.
    Love you Bill.

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  5. Bill was a great friend. Bruce and I always enjoyed talking with him. We loved being in the astronomy club, and friends like Bill made it so worthwhile. We will always have fond memories of him, and his willingness to help. I pray that TJ finds comfort in knowing that he is in the house that God prepared for him. God bless you and your family.

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  6. Bill will be missed, not only was he a friend he was “Good People.”

    The Fort Worth Astronomical Society, of which he was a long time member, was made better by Bill’s presence. Whether being at a meeting or sharing his scope at a star party, Bill made everyone feel welcomed. He really cared about everyone he met and paid attention to what they had to say. His ability to be in the moment and connect with others is a personal trait that I have always wished to develop, it was just part of him.

    It was amazing the way Bill could make a big favor seem like just a simple matter. Like the time he included my wife and I in his family plans to view the eclipse a few years ago. That trip was one of the highlights of my life. We also spent time together on the 36” scope at McDonald’s observatory during a Texas Star Party a few years ago and went to a couple of Texas State Parks to review their lighting to help them make the parks more suitable for viewing the sky. Looking back on these events I noticed more of the little things he did to make everything work. I never saw Bill get mad, just the opposite, his presence was a calming influence.

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  7. One of the smartest person I knew. A true computer visionary who could fix anything. Miss you, Bill.
    We went to Costa Rico to see the eclipse in 1991 and he never lost the interest in the sky. One of those shining stars is you.
    Sincerely, jr
    William Davidson
    Coworker

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  8. What an awesome Uncle he was, and all around person. So intelligent, nothing he couldn’t do. Always looking after others and making sure everyone was taken care of. He held this family together. He will be forever loved and missed.

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  9. When I worked with Bill at Pegasus Travel many years ago, he was our computer guru. I admired his patience and knowledge he had when fixing our computer issues. Whether it was an email server problem or a jammed fax machine, we could always count on Bill to fix it, and he did it with a smile every time.

    To all the Nichols family, you are in my heart and prayers. May God cover you with peace and comfort.

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  10. Bill was truly one of a kind! Kindness exuded him, he was always willing to help, sharing a different perspective and adding a little humor along the way. We welcomed him into our family with open arms and he accepted us! I’m definitely a better person to have had such an awesome brother in law for the past 35 plus years. We never knew what adventure he would get into. He loved life allowing his adventurous self to emerge in many different directions. He will be missed and forever in our hearts!!

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  11. TJ, Bobby, Mike, Billie, and all of the Nichols Family, I am SO sorry for your loss. Please know that all you you are in Ellen’s and my thoughts and prayers during this time.

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  12. TJ and Family….I’m so sorry for this loss. Bill was always so warm and welcoming. He always was up to whatever we tried to throw his way with our wayward computers (operators!!). He always had a story, too. I always enjoyed hearing about your family vacation adventures. I know you all miss him. He is greatly missed at work, too. Prayers, love and hugs for comfort and understanding.

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  13. Bill was such a joy to be around! He always had a smile on his face and greeted everyone with a warm welcome. He will certainly be missed around the office. So thankful to have known him! My deepest condolences to his family and friends! Prayers that God will give you peace over time. What a great loss for all who knew him!

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  14. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve only known Bill for a couple of years but I really liked him, enjoyed his company, and his help with my computer. He was often able to give me solutions no one else could. He always made himself available whenever I needed him, even if it was just to chat for a few minutes. He will be dearly missed.

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  15. When I moved to North Texas a little over a year and a half ago I was saddened to have to leave behind the man that always helped me with my computer. He reassured me I would be fine and that I would be taken care of by a very nice man that knew a lot about computers too. Bill was ready to help me the minute I needed it. He was always so kind and understanding. He never made me feel dumb because I wasn’t as computer literate as he was and he was always there to answer questions. I only got to know him for a short time but I am blessed to have met such a kind and gentle person. Thank you sir for your service and may you rest in the arms of our Lord. Fondest regards.

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  16. Bill was always so welcoming, generous and kind. He made me feel truly part of the family. The last time we spoke in person we were talking about making plans for a family vacation on the beach in Oregon. And one of my most cherished memories of him was on our family trip to Edinburgh where he brought us all to The Royal Observatory. I never would have thought to go there but it was one of the highlights of our trip.

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