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Recovery Loses One of it’s Finest…


January 2014

The recovery community of southeastern Michigan is writing a lot of posts like this today…

If there could ever be anyone credited with holding my marriage together through the darkest time my wife and I have known together (other than my wife and I and God of course), it was Bill Thompson.  Sure, we showed up to his office and put in the work but Bill (who ran an outpatient treatment center but saved marriages on the side) got us to look at our marriage from a perspective that most normal marriage counselors simply don’t “get”.

Bill was a semi-fit fellow, a little bigger than average but he definitely put his time in at the gym.  He was a friend and mentor and will be sorely missed.

I don’t think anyone would make the leap that Bill was perfect, he had his fleas just like the rest of us but if not for his faults he may not have been able to help me fix mine – and that’s what counts.

Rest in peace my friend.  I hope they have Harleys in Heaven (and Specialized Venge’s too).


  1. Sandra says:

    So sorry for your loss. Sounds like he was a special man.

  2. Lisa P says:

    He was a very special man, old school, not the softer kinder AA, I sat with him for over thirty years including a table last Friday, honest, logical, fair, funny, interesting, real are all things he was, I’m glad I know he is in a great place and died sober, but I’ll really miss him, he was a gauge for me, was I telling a new comer the right thing? Was I being too harsh, I’d give Bill a call. He came to me last night in a dream, very comforting, but my heart hurts from his passing. After a hug, I’d wear his after shave for a while. Precious kind, sensitive man, I pray for him, and will really, really miss his take on things. Lisa P

  3. sueslaght says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of someone so special to you.
    With sympathy.

  4. Kecia says:

    Sorry for your loss. May the memories you had with him bring you peace and a smile to your face in this difficult time.

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