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Remembering Bill Meyer: RTM colleagues salute his boundless community spirit

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Members of the Representative Town Meeting on Tuesday hailed longtime member Bill Meyer, who died Saturday at the age of 85, for his decades of volunteerism for community causes.

Bill Meyer, who served on the Representative Town Meeting nearly two decades, was paid tribute by colleagues on the legislative body as it met Tuesday night for the first time since his death Saturday at the age of 85.

Meyer, who volunteered for numerous community projects and civic activities, called himself a "full-time volunteer" -- and was remembered warmly by RTM members for the enthusiasm, dedication and selflessness he showed in his years of commitment to Westport causes.

Here's some of the remembrances by RTM members. (Read more about Meyer here: http://bit.ly/VbLiYK)

RTM MODERATOR EILEEN FLUG: "What I loved most about having Bill on the RTM was his infectious enthusiasm ... In addition to loving his family dearly, Bill loved all of us. He kept a map of Westport in his room ... It was signed by hundreds of people ... I think reading all of our names -- your names -- was comforting for him ... A big fist-pump for Bill."

FIRST SELECTMAN JIM MARPE: "The passing of Bill Meyer has left a hole in our community that will never be filled ... He was tenacious and insistent, but always pleasant and heart-felt in his delivery ... Bill Meyer was one of those people who made Westport great ...Bill left his high-energy imprint on everything he was involved in ... He was selfless ... his legacy will endure ... he will be sorely missed"

JOHN KLINGE, District 7: "I had the distinct pleasure to know Bill almost 40 years ... all that time I never once heard Bill say a negative word about anybody. A Bill Meyer rebuke might take the form of, `I don't know why he voted against it.' That was as serious as it got ... For me, knowing Bill Meyer made me a better person."

LOUIS MALL, District 2: "The first word that I think of when I think of Bill Meyer is love -- it's what he gave and it's what he received ... Bill is the reason I ran and I served on the RTM. Bill Meyer is my mentor, too. He did for our kids, he did for our seniors and he did for all of us ... That was Bill, just do what is right and do it with love ... What a wonderful legacy he's left."

PAUL ROSSI, District 5: " Bill left Westport a better place and many of us are better people for having known Bill, seen him in action or volunteered with him ... Bill was the consummate volunteer ... (As a Little League umpire) he made the girls feel good about themselves. He made us all feel good when he was around ... He always had a kind word. He always surprised me how much he knew about my kids. I don't know how he did that, but he did. He was the consummate optimist and he always gave you the benefit of the doubt ... What I learned from him was that in life, You have to give people a big strike zone."

ARTHUR ASHMAN, District 7: "I think Bill was just so important to our town in so many ways ... I would like to do a memorial plaque on his seat, and I think it would be nice if no one ever sat in it in the future ... I think he was that special ... He was just above and beyond anyone I ever heard of who had anything to do with our town."

VELMA HELLER, District 9: "He was kind of a recruiter for the RTM for me ... He even passed out my flyer and postcards for re-election ... even though we were in different districts ... His values were strong and clear, and he acted on his principles in all his actions in life ... He was a most positive force on the RTM Education Committee ... in a way his service on the RTM was only the tip of the iceberg in terms of his extraordinary and productive involvement in the town ...I'm proud to say Bill Meyer was my friend and I will miss him."

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