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  • YellowRose
    Super-Experienced


    • Jan 21 2008
    • 17271

    The Passing Of Bill Van Ess....

    Martin informed me via email that a well known member of the Tbird society has passed away. Bill ~ Bill VE was a Squarebird Forum member since 2004, but has not been very active since 2019. Here is what Martin had to say.

    "Fellow Thunderbird enthusiast “ Bill Van Ess ‘ has passed away . Bill was very keen on the ’58 Thunderbird Convertible and kept a registry of all he found. Also had written a publication on the convertible quite a few years ago with all the VIN’s and present owners at that time . Did a lot of research on the ’58 ‘ unibody ‘ Thunderbird Convertible."

    Over the years I have had good conversations with Bill. He and his knowledge will certainly be missed.


    Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
    The Terminator..... VTCI #11178 ITC #6000 Yellow Mustang Registry (YMR) #12188
    Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or Call (Cell) 210-875-1411

    https://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm
    Faye's Ovarian Cancer Memorial Website.
    https://faye.rayclark.info/index.html
  • jopizz
    Super-Experienced


    • Nov 23 2009
    • 8413

    #2
    I'm sorry to hear about Bill's passing. I remember meeting him many years ago at the VTCI conventions. He had an incredible passion for Squarebirds, especially '58 convertibles. Yes, he will be sorely missed.

    John
    John Pizzi - Squarebirds Administrator

    Thunderbird Registry #36223
    jopizz@squarebirds.org 856-779-9695

    https://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

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    • YellowRose
      Super-Experienced


      • Jan 21 2008
      • 17271

      #3
      Bill was one of our early contributors to our Technical Resource Library (TRL) which members like him help me build over the years. If you have never read his article on the "unibody" construction of the Tbird, you should. It has been the first Link under BODY for years.

      Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
      The Terminator..... VTCI #11178 ITC #6000 Yellow Mustang Registry (YMR) #12188
      Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or Call (Cell) 210-875-1411

      https://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm
      Faye's Ovarian Cancer Memorial Website.
      https://faye.rayclark.info/index.html

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      • OUR5T8BIRD
        Experienced
        • Mar 1 2017
        • 466

        #4
        If you wish to read Bills 'obituary " , it is at Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford Mi. In his later years Bill was also into DeTomaso Pantera's and kept a registry there also for the DeTomaso clubs .

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        • Dan Leavens
          Moderator / Administrator


          • Oct 4 2006
          • 6405

          #5
          Very sad to hear of Bill's passing and condolences to his family. His son Paul is continuing with his 59 race car project that they both worked on.
          Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
          Thunderbird Registry
          58HT #33317
          60 HT (Sold )

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          • bird 60
            Super-Experienced
            • Mar 18 2009
            • 1145

            #6
            My deepest condolences to Bill's Family.

            Chris......From OZ.

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            • simplyconnected
              Administrator
              • May 26 2009
              • 8809

              #7
              Rest in Peace, Bill. Squarebirds.org is diminished without your vast knowledge and skills. I pray for Bill's family during this fragile time of mourning. - Dave
              Member, Sons of the American Revolution

              CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

              "We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
              --Lee Iacocca

              From: Royal Oak, Michigan

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