Monday 2 June 2008

Bill Watson

I'd like to take a moment to pay my respects to a man who I met only briefly, yet was an inspiration to me.

Bill and his wife Cherie arrived in Kusadasi over 20 years ago for a brief holiday but fell in love with the place. They never returned to America and have been living on a yacht in the marina ever since.

I met them one day while fishing on my uncle's boat (which was mored next to theirs). Bill had been seriously ill for many years but his positivity never ceased to make me take stock of all the things in my life I should be grateful for.

My memory of Bill will remain that of watching him walking towards me in the winter rain with a beaming smile on his face. "Ahhhhh liquid sunshine!" he smiled.

Bill passed away yesterday and my condolences go to Cherie and all those who were fortunate enough to know him.

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