Remembering Bill Remley
2010 brought many heavy hearts to the grounds of Walnut Hill Farm. However, the friends and family of Bill Remley did not mourn alone. Bill's life and work touched people not only in Pittsford, New York, not only the city of Rochester, not even simply within the United States. All over the world people suffered the loss of a friend, a colleague, and a mentor.
By the time of his passing, Bill had earned many titles such as President of the Pittsford Carriage Association, chairperson of the Walnut Hill Carriage Driving Competition, honorary lifetime director of the Carriage Association of America, as well as a member of the Pleasure Driving Committee.
Bill had been cited throughout his life as a person with a 'thirst for knowledge.” He was always learning as well as teaching, and had frequently been awarded the "Who's Who Among America's Teachers” award. By 2010, Bill had published articles in Carriage Journal and The Whip Magazine, numerous antique journals, and with Robert Iannazzi, co-authored Walnut Hill - a Grand Celebration of the Horse & Carriage, available for purchase through the PCA office.
Referring to his teaching methods, It was once said that Bill could "take a single idea and create a world from it." And create a world, he did...
But Bill never thought of himself as a cornerstone of what he built. He was always giving the credit to those around him including the volunteers and the key people he felt really built this event to what it is today.
His zest for life, his knowledge and his laughter, made him many things to many people. Bill always treated the staff like they were his family. Beyond the “chairperson” titles, the runaway ponies, the rainstorms in the middle of a pleasure class, all of his teachings and articles, his own family always came first.
As a loving husband and a wonderful father, he created an entire world from a single idea.
In Loving Memory, Bill Remley, 1940-2010