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How do you say farewell, goodbye
To a friend of 35 years?
Who you’ve traveled through life with,
Jobs, children, moves, joys and fears.

Holidays celebrated
Stretched out for days in a row
The four of us enjoying life together
20-somethings and later with kids in tow.

You helped us paint our first home
Baked pie with apples just picked.
Without you at our barbecues,
Something will surely feel amiss.

You battled your illness bravely
But if it was your time to go,
I am happy your pain is over and
You left in the comfort of your own home.

Rest in peace, Bill.

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