- 66 years old
- Date of birth: Jun 19, 1948
- Date of passing: Dec 28, 2014
|Let the memory of Bill be with us forever|
"My deepest sympathy to Bill's family and close friends. Even though I only knew Bill for a few years as a client while I worked at Maritz Research, I also considered him a friend. I can echo all of the tributes offered - Bill always seemed to be happy and in good spirits. He always was ready to help others and find ways of making his associates look good. He will be missed. Jim Vroom"
"I already miss seeing and having lunch with Bill. I was lucky enough to have worked and developed a great friendship with him. He had a great sense of humor and told the funniest stories - generally about of his life events and the crazy things he had experienced. I am smiling right now just thinking about him. Bill may have left us, but he will not be forgotten."
"I had the opportunity to work with Bill for about 8 years on various research projects as an external research supplier. Bill was always extermely professional and courteous, with a total commitment to excellence. Over the years, it was my pleasure to get to know Bill on a personal level. He was knowledgeable and articulate about a wide variety of topics, truly a well rounded individual. In particular, he loved to talk about his Alma Mater, Michigan State University, and was a big football and basketball fan of MSU. Since I grew up in the midwest and went to a Big Ten school myself, we had a lot in common. i think the thing that probably stood out the most to me about Bill was his genuine caring and concern for people to whom he was close. He was complimentary, kind, engaged, and always a kind soul. And although he was a very intelligent and talented individual, he was also one of the most humble and down to earth individuals I've ever met. It was a pleasure to know Bill, spend time with him and work along side of him. I was lucky to have had the chance to know him. God bless you Bill, you will be missed."
"I had the pleasure of working with Bill on several projects over the years. Bill always worked toward getting the right result and providing whatever help he could to make everyone successful. He was a genuinely caring guy. I'm so sorry to learn of his passing.
"Bill Toy was such a remarkable human being who I treasured deeply. I could always count on Bill to give me perspective,context and guidance. He was a wise soul who cared about a purpose bigger than himself. He was authentic, direct, compassionate and could make me laugh. I always felt better about life after spending time with Bill. I will carry Bill in my heart always. Love, Teresa"
"I was lucky to know Bill early in my career at Kodak and later at Agilent. It was a happy coincidence that I got to work with him again at Agilent. I will never forget his kindness and gentle wisdom. Margot"
"I did not know Bill for very long, but I sat with the group over lunch at Agilent and always enjoyed it when Bill joined us. He was warm, inviting, funny, sincere. He often questioned how I was doing or my family, even though he hardly knew us. His stories about work and life in other parts of the US were epic; no one could spin a humorous yarn like Bill that had us all laughing out loud. Bill was a wonderful human being, I was very grateful to know him, and I will miss him greatly."
"I always enjoyed talking to Bill. He had my kind of sense of humor. Always funny, but could deliver the hard messages when he needed to.
"It is what it is" was a favorite expression of his. I'll miss you Bill."
"Bill was a great guy. A slightly gruff warmth and enthusiasm came through in all of Bill’s various stories during lunch, whether it was Kathy’s flower arranging, which he was proud of, or Agilent customer focus groups or whatever he was working on at the time, or his and Kathy’s visits with their relatives. He also showed a genuine interest in what we were doing at work and with our families. And when opinions were sought his were always thoughtful. He will be missed but not forgotten."
"Bill you were true gentle man. I enjoyed the years that we worked together at the birth of the Agilent Customer Survey. your insight and energy made that process thrive. Keith Price"
"Kathy, I just wanted to reach out to you to tell you how sorry I am to hear the news about Bill passing. My heart is very heavy. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to work with such a smart and talented man. But more importantly for me, I appreciate having had the chance to build a friendship with Bill. I always knew I had his full attention when we would talk and I’m a better person for knowing him. As I sit here and type this I can hear his wonderful laugh. Bill offended talked about you and the wonderful life you shared. He loved you very much! May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. Bill will always hold a special place in my heart and will never be forgotten."
"So many have already said it well, but what I remember most about Bill was the smile and the laugh. Talking to Bill could always cheer you up and make you smile. There are very few out there like him, and I will forever remember his kindness and warm heart."
"Bill was one of my all-time favorites. I am so grateful for his mentoring and friendship and will miss his wisdom, outlook, knowledge, humor and storytelling (and the classic facial expressions that went with them). He had such a great way about him: Welcoming, sincere, and unpretentious. He wasn't a co-worker to us. He was a gift, a bright light, and a great friend.
We will always leave a seat for Bill at the lunch table. I’d like to think he might stop in every now and then, inspire our random conversations and share a good laugh."
You were a wonderful source of inspiration and the guru I turned to for particularly sticky research questions. I loved your perpetually positive outlook and smiling face and am honored to have been able to work with you. We will all miss you terribly. Holly"
"A group of us at Agilent ate lunch with Bill almost every day we could get together. Bill was such a dear heart, always ready for a laugh, always looking on the bright side. He was a constant and wise friend to many of us. I consider it an honor to have gotten to know Bill. He touched us all with his wonderful life and will be missed."
"What a wonderful person. He is someone who had great integrity and a genuine good guy. Kathy he loved you so much and that was always obvious to all. May her rest in peace. He will be missed. Cheryl & Bill"
Thank you for all your partnership, wisdom and guidance. Part of you will always live with me as your words and laughs always ring in my ears. May you rest in peace, and may your family and friends find some comfort in the midst of this tragedy. Love, Isil"