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Willi Benz has left us

Post  Walter Pall on Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:18 pm

Willi left us yesterday after many months of struggle. We lost a great one.
Willi, we will not forget you.



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Post  Guest on Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:36 pm

That is sad news. He will surely be missed by many.

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Post  Guest on Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:10 pm

It is with tears in my eyes, I read this message.
Willi and Gudrun both became very good friends of mine, in the last few years, and I will miss him.

My thoughts now go to Gudrun, hes vife and best friend through a long life.

Kind regards Yvonne


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Post  JimLewis on Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:39 pm

VERY sad news.

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Post  Bob Bailey on Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:43 pm



R.I.P Willi,you will be sorely missed by all who had the privilige of knowing you.

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Post  fiona on Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:54 pm

Very sad news indeed. Condolences to his family. Thanks for letting us know, Walter.

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Post  Mark Cooper on Sat Dec 10, 2011 3:45 pm

Very sad news indeed ..a great loss. RIP Willi.

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Post  Hans Vleugels on Sat Dec 10, 2011 3:52 pm

He (and his work) will be remembered for a very long time. May he rest in peace...

Condolences to his family and friends.

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Post  Ed Trout on Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:26 pm


So sorry Walter,

My sincere condolences to Willi's family. He was wonderful for the art of bonsai, and one of the nicest persons I have ever met. Always a smile !! He will be missed.

Ed

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Post  Chris Cochrane on Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:31 pm

Willi's influence will long be felt. Can anyone share where to post/'snail mail' condolences to Gudrun?

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:39 pm

Sad news, Willi was a great supporter of bonsai and stone appreciation and an active member of the BCI Executive Board and director. He will be sorely missed.

If anyone wants to send snail mail condolences send me a PM and I will forward his address.

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Post  Stone Monkey on Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:19 pm

Very very sad news indeed.

RIP Willi and condolences to his family that he leaves behind

Regards

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Post  landerloos on Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:28 pm

Sad news, condolences to the entire Benz family.

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Post  Dale Cochoy on Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:57 pm

I'm so sorry to hear this.
He was such a nice and friendly man.

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Post  Robert Steven on Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:07 am

Very sad news indeed. Sincere condolences to his family. Thanks for letting us know, Walter.
He and Gudrun had been good friends for long time...

Rest in peace, my friend....

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Post  Walter Pall on Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:25 pm

More info here:

http://www.ebabonsai.com/

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Post  Hans van Meer. on Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:43 pm

During my twenty years in bonsai I traveled all across Europe to visit bonsai exhibitions and I could always count on seeing Willi Benz there, eather alone or with his charming wife Gudrun. Some times we spook about the bonsai or suiseki on display, other times we just shook hands and greeted each other. But always there was that friendly open smile of that perfect gentleman that Willi was! And no matter how many times you would bump in to him during that same show, that friendly smile was always there. Because of Willi's enthusiastic way of telling about his great love for suiseki, I started to collect books about suiseki to understand better why so many people are so addicted to collecting these treasures. Willi was all over the world a true ambassador for Suiseki and Bonsai and he will be greatly missed. My condolences go out to Gudrun and Willi's family and many friends. I will miss bumping in to him and see that friendly smile.
RIP Willi.
Hans van Meer.

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Post  Walter Pall on Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:09 am

Funeral: Church: Friedhof in 68775 Ketsch, Germany - Trauerhalle Friday, 16th December 2011 - 12 am
In the small City of Ketsch you need only "Friedhof" and "Trauerhalle" in "68775 Ketsch" every flower shop in Ketsch know this.

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Post  Walter Pall on Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:03 am

Gudrun asks to not send flowers but to donate to "Willi Benz - Deutsche Krebshilfe"

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Post  Tony on Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:24 am

Hans van Meer. wrote:During my twenty years in bonsai I traveled all across Europe to visit bonsai exhibitions and I could always count on seeing Willi Benz there, eather alone or with his charming wife Gudrun. Some times we spook about the bonsai or suiseki on display, other times we just shook hands and greeted each other. But always there was that friendly open smile of that perfect gentleman that Willi was! And no matter how many times you would bump in to him during that same show, that friendly smile was always there. Because of Willi's enthusiastic way of telling about his great love for suiseki, I started to collect books about suiseki to understand better why so many people are so addicted to collecting these treasures. Willi was all over the world a true ambassador for Suiseki and Bonsai and he will be greatly missed. My condolences go out to Gudrun and Willi's family and many friends. I will miss bumping in to him and see that friendly smile.
RIP Willi.
Hans van Meer.

I have tried to find words but Hans has said exactly my feeling too... Willi's spoke little English and my German is rudimentary at best but thanks to Gudrun, her enthusiasm and patience in translating we 'chatted' as best we could... Willi's passing has left a a big hole in the world of Suiseki. he will be sadly missed.

RIP Willi

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Post  Guest on Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:46 am

Late tonight is it 2 years ago, since Willi left us...I still miss him.

Kind regards Yvonne

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