Our dear Mr. Seymour

Photo: Jim Huste

For those who have not already heard,  our dear Bill Seymour passed away in his sleep on Thursday night.

Many of you remember Bill, going back years as a fixture of the community — the honey guy. People would run into you in Town and ask, hey, where does the honey guy live, I’m all out!  Bill and his then wife Helen vended at the previous Hillsdale market, the Sheffield market, this merged Copake Hillsdale market, and perhaps others.

They would be astonished every market by how much demand there was for honey, and they were very glad to see new and repeat customers.

For those you didn’t know Bill, I can just say:  amazing man. He would have been 92 in August, and up until being struck by cancer a few months ago, was more active than many of us are! He was very involved with his bees, got called on often to don his suit and come handle a wild hive, and traveled frequently with the local Young at Heart group.  After Bill’s wife Helen passed away about 5 years ago, Bill mourned her loss but was back in the dating pool a year later… because life is meant to be lived and enjoyed.

Photo: Jim Huste

There was so much more — Bill was a veteran whose job in wartime included tapping out telegraph messages. But of course it was “Bill’s Busy Bees” that kept him busy, so here is a lovely interview by our intern Corbin, from October 2015www.youtube.com/watch?v=b180wt0UCH8.

For locals interested in attending services:  the wake will be at Peck & Peck in Copake, on Thursday 4-7PM. A church service will be Friday morning at 11, at the Hillsdale Methodist at the intersection of 22 and 23.

We loved having Bill as part of our market family, and he will be missed.