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Hearing the news of Bill's passing both shocked and saddened us. It is such a great loss! Bill touched so many lives. There are so many of us that have shared good times with Bill and the family on and off the trail. He was not only a great horseman and a dedicated family man but was a kind soul. He liked to keep that part hidden but we knew better. He was always there if you needed him, and

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Posted by: Arlene Bednaz and John Pelletier - Granby, CT   Jul 18, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Bill will be missed greatly by all that had the honor of knowing his kind and generous nature. His reach and influence in the world was far and wide. May we all live our lives to the fullest as he did.

Posted by: Rob and Chrys Longley - Granby, CT   Jul 18, 2012

Bill leaves a huge legacy and endless memories to all who knew him. To understand the true meaning of "horseman", simply look under "Bill Strain" in the dictionary. He helped launch our horse career years ago and from then on was always available with sage advice,cowboy wit, and oft times tongue-in-cheek humor to get his point across. We will forever picture him atop his huge mounts, smiling broadly while enjoying the company of friends and his beloved family. Sandy and family..our hearts ache for you.

Posted by: Margaret Campbell and Iris Engel - West Granby, CT   Jul 18, 2012

Bill was an Icon that will stay with us forever. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Mickey Curtis - East Granby, CT   Jul 18, 2012

This world has lost, and heaven has gained, one of the most loving, caring, kindest, and sincere, souls that ever walked the face of this earth. We are so shocked and saddened with this news. There are many horses lined up at Rainbow Bridge to welcome someone who loved them all and cared for them. Our deepest of sympathies to Sandy and the family. Much love and many prayers are being sent to all of you. Bonnie & Donna

Posted by: Donna Fitzgerald & Bonnie Philips - Agawam, MA   Jul 18, 2012

Bill will always hold a special place in our hearts. We will always remember his wonderful sense of humor. The things he went along with at the GHC banquets. Such cherished memories! The horse world will never be the same .Our hearts go out to you as we extend our sincere sympathy.You're in our thoughts and prayers.Much love, Bonnie & Linda

Posted by: Bonnie tyler &linda Lehrbach - East Granby, CT   Jul 18, 2012

we will always remember the good times we shared with Bill Sandy and the boys on the trail rides with the granby horse council.Bill will be missed by a lot. Good luck to the Strain family in this time of sorrow. Don and Gail

Posted by: Donald and Gail Messenger - Ocala, FL - friend   Jul 18, 2012

I loved going to the trail rides and seeing the Strain crew pull in with all their horses and riders. I always knew it would be a good time with Bill and the family around. Your going to be missed very much Bill. Prayers and hugs to all the family.

Posted by: Tracy Root - Southwick, MA - fellow horsemen   Jul 17, 2012

I can't remember all the times over the years that Bill and the entire Strain Family came to our aid as we enjoyed the joys and challenges of the horse world. And just 2 years ago, Bill chanced to meet me and stood by me as I had to put down a beloved dog. Bill was a true horseman, a kind teacher, a loyal friend, and a wonderful family man- the horse world will not be the same without him. Sandy, we wish you and all the family our heartfelt sympathy. Carol, A.J. and Lorna Fortier

Posted by: The Fortier Family - Avon, CT   Jul 17, 2012

We have so many memories of Bill and all of the family.....a successful and remembered man in the horse world, but more important, a deeply committed family man. To you, Sandy and your wonderful children and their families. Our whole family sends their heartfelt wishes for you and may God Bless you all and help you through the trying times that lie ahead......our tears, prayers and thoughts are with you.....RIP old buddy..........we will gladly send our support to the Boston Children's Hospital in your name.

Posted by: Lydia & Bud Lauck - Anthony, FL - friend   Jul 17, 2012