Pop-Pop has been there my whole life, and I still really can't believe he is gone. I can still remember being really little and running around the house in Seaford. We would have dinner with so many people there and the kids would run wild. He loved it. I could pass out there, say tired goodbyes, and take the long trek home. I can still remember sitting at the house in Virginia, playing cards, watching golf, and the time he let me use pull back his bow. Pop-pop is so great, and I miss him so much.
The fact that I could never be in his house without seeing so many people says a lot about both him and Peggy. I love you both.
Nikolas Nartowicz <nikn AT dartmouth.edu>
Hanover, NH USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 17:30:43 (EST)
(A letter she wrote today)
I miss you. I'm always sad because you past away. I Love you. I wish I could see you. I wish you 'Love'(she drew a heart for love)
Christina Lohr <thelohrax AT otd.com>
Columbia, MD USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 19:30:06 (EST)
I have only great memories of Uncle Bill, most of them from when I was a little girl. I just remember his grin and that special twinkle in his eye, the funny stories he would tell, playing cards, fishing on the boat and all the wonderful times we had visiting with the whole family. Uncle Bill always made us feel welcome and special. I remember grilling out on the patio with Grandma there too. My Mom and Dad would tell us kids stories about Uncle Bill and Aunt Peg and we loved to hear them. It has been a long time since I've seen Uncle Bill or any of the family but my memories are strong and I'm so fond of all of you. I will miss Uncle Bill but I know he had a great life and was loved by so many people!
Renee Mulder <RMulder AT tampabay.rr.com>
USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 15:55:24 (EST)
I first met Bill in 1955 when my husband, Bill< and I along with our new baby, Bridget, moved from Texas to New York. For a while, we lived in the same house with Peg and Bill Dowling and Peg and Bill Cozine.(Mom and Pop) It was sometimes quite funny for when I would call "Bill" three men would answer, and when I called "Peg" two women would answer. Right away, Bill D. and I became kindred spirits. Two mild-mannered Type-Bs in a household of strong-willed Type-As. Bill was a true brother to me as well as a good friend and confidant. I have so many treasured memories of him I could write a book. He was one of the truly "good guys".
Fay Cozine <fay AT mhtc.net>
Arena, Wi USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 10:39:39 (EST)
Hey i'm glad for everyone staying really strong... especially you marmara...this family we have, has such a srtong bond.. no one can break it.... i love you all!!
Megan Leigh Dowling <glitterbabe178 AT yahoo.com>
Bluffton, SC USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 23:13:16 (EST)
My wife, Connie, and I move to house next door to Bill and Peg in 1995. Bill was one of the most gentle, helpful and generous men I have ever met. He was always there to give you a hand even without being asked. He was a good friend and I will miss him. We played golf occasionally together. But I had only started playing again about 3 years ago so we didn't get play together as much as I would have like but it gave us a common thread and a bond I will never forget. Bill was a great man and will never be forgotten by me or my wife. I look forward to seeing him again when it is my time to leave this body. Larry Parker
Larry Parker <leparker AT rica.com>
Weyers Cave, VA USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 07:57:37 (EST)
Bill and Peggy were the hosts at Race and Joyce's first openhouse, many years ago. Bill was wonderful fun and kept us both laughing. He was a special soul and will be missed. We will keep the family in our prayers..G-d Bless, S&D
Sherman & De Ann Pope <popede AT msn.com>
Ellicott City, MD USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 20:03:24 (EST)
Like everyone, I have many great memories of my Uncle Bill. What springs to mind immediately and how we would close our phone calls....he would always say "love you too darling". The sound was music too my ears and so distinct. No one said darling like he did. When I was younger and we would all visit in Seaford, we would play Trivial Pursuit. It was the simple times like that which were the best. Once we moved away from Long Island, I didn't get to see him for a long time. Thankfully though in 2001, I spent some time in Virginia and was able to visit. I was in the DC area on 9/11 and was unable to fly back to Germany. I spent the weekend with Uncle Bill and Aunt Peggy. It was so comforting to be there. The next time I visited we talked about how much we both loved the soundtrack to Chicago. About 3 weeks ago, I went to see a travelling production of it. I thought about Uncle Bill the whole night. Uncle Bill was such a great friend to my Dad. Even as my Dad's memory became worse, he would always smile when I mentioned Uncle Bill's name. Since my Dad got sick, talking to Uncle Bill always helped me feel that I still had a piece of my Dad to hang on to since I haven't been able to have a conversation with my father in a long time. It is really hard to believe that I will only get to talk to Uncle Bill in my dreams now. Uncle Bill....I love you very much and I am so thankful you are and always will be a part of me!
Janice Burns <txjanice AT yahoo.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Thursday, March 10, 2005 at 00:14:43 (EST)
Bill was a nice cousin to us. Bill was a out going person. years ago he help
me (david) build a bench for my kids he was always there for everyone. We are
so sorry that the is gone now.
charlie,harriet,tommy,gail,&david Grempel <cloudclimber66 AT yahoo.com>
Jacksonville, FL USA - March 9, 2005
I'm sorry to hear that bill has left us. He will always be in our hearts. He
was a good cousin to me. My heart goes out to his family.
Carol Ashdown (Grempel) <cookiea42 AT setel.com>
Macclenny, FL USA - March 9, 2005
I have many fond memories of poppop, so many I could write a whole book of them. Some of my favorite times with him was when: when I was a lot younger and when Marmara & poppop used to live in Seaford...poppop used to bring me to the duck pond and he would walk me in my stroller all the way around the duck pond in his little tiny car. Then when we would get back, if I was sleeping he would wait for hours reading his newspaper until I woke up. He would not let anyone wake me, he would wait until I woke to move me. Another memory of me and poppop was when we had sat down to eat dinner and we used to say 'grace' every night and one night I had asked before we ate "why don't we say 'ah women' instead of 'ah men'?" and everyone thought it was funny. Another memory was when we used to have our garden and everyone had their own row of vegetables, me and poppop used to eat the corn right off the cob instead of bringing it down to the house and cleaning it. I remember when poppop and marmara used to come up to new york after they moved out me and poppop used to stop at dunkin donuts before I went to school. OO and how poppop loved his pringles. Poppop used to have this scent that was unmistakeable. I could have smelt it wheather I was up in new york or in south carolina. Poppop loved his Chicago soundtrack. He is my hero. I'll never forget him. I love you poppop.
Megan Leigh Dowling <glitterbabe178 AT yahoo.com>
Bluffton, sc USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2005 at 21:43:15 (EST)
I love Poppop! Do you love Poppop? He lets me drive the tractor. I miss him! He played cards with me! He told me how to play golf. He played puzzles with me!
Tyler William Dowling
Bluffton, SC USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2005 at 21:16:30 (EST)
I remember when PopPop and I built my sword. He did most of the work, but he was glad that I was there. And then we finished it. I tried it and it didn't hold together. So we built it again. We didn't care because we got to spend time together. So me and PopPop had a great time building it. I will really miss him.
Travis Dowling <travman101 AT hargave.com>
Bluffton, SC USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2005 at 19:03:22 (EST)
My dearest memories of PopPop are when I would come up to him and give him a hug and I would feel his warmth. He was always so soft and he felt like home. There was one time when I came to him and asked him what was his favorite thing in the world. I was about thirteen when I asked him this. He flashed me his customary grin and replied: "my family." I thought he was just giving me a generic answer then, but last Christmas, the last time I saw him alive, us Dowling's were dancing away all night. I was getting a little tired when I glanced over to PopPop and saw him watching us with a smile on his face, his eyes filled with tears, and that's when I knew. Five years ago, when he told me his family was his favorite thing in the world, I didn't believe him. But at that one point when I saw him there watching us all dance, I knew with all my heart that what he told me was the truth. I love you PopPop. I'll see you when my time comes.
Justin Dowling <immortal_vegeta69 AT yahoo.com>
Waxahachie, TX USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2005 at 18:48:29 (EST)
Probably some of my best memories of him were when I was a lot younger. He always knew just how to tickle us, and always had a joke to tell. Just about every time I sat down next to him I would get a surprise from him, and always wondered how he got me every time. He always had such incredible skill (or more like luck) at cards. And everytime he sat down at the table, he would suck up all the luck of everyone else. But he always had a good sense of humor about it, and was never a sore loser or winner. Sometimes it was very hard to tell when he was being serious about something, but you could always tell when it was important, all he had to do was give you this "look" and you knew what he was going to say. He was always fun to be around, and was always a great contrast to Grandma. If there was one thing I would wish is that my future children could meet him. But, I will always miss him.
Trevor Dowling <tdowling AT drix.net>
Baltimore, MD USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2005 at 18:34:32 (EST)
I remember coming up during the summer to Grandma and Poppop's house and my Poppop would take us on rides in his tractor. And we would walk up to the garden to pick tomatoes off of our own little row of tomatoes. I also remember one summer when we had a really bad storm and the electricity went out and we had to sit in the dark and use the lanterns so we could read books in the living room. These are just some memories that I listed, but I have many many more. I love him alot.
Joanna Dowling <butterflyjojo06 AT yahoo.com>
Italy, tx USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2005 at 18:05:16 (EST)
I first met Bill when I started going out with his #1 son, Race, in 1971. He was quiet, kind, and friendly. He taught Race how to fix a car, do yard work, household handiwork, etc. for which I am very grateful - it sure has come in handy. He was a great Poppop to my kids and a sharp bridge player. I have lots of memories, but this is all I'll share here. I hope everyone else shares something, too.
Joyce Dowling <joyce.dowling AT comcast.net>
Brandywine, MD USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2005 at 13:59:55 (EST)