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40 comments on “William Picken”

  1. Dear Julie and Family,
    We send our sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved Billy.
    We have very fond memories of special times with you and Billy. We were shocked and saddened by the news.
    Thinking of you with lots of love your friends Anna and Stan Magro

  2. Dear Julie, Gwen and the family, thank you for allowing us to watch Billy’s Service, very moving and the men gave us insight into how Billy was as a wonderful person loved by all who met him. Julie I sat with you at a Willliamstown Best and Fairest, Collingwood aligned, Liam was starting in the VFL. Sincere Condolences to you all, a wonderful man and wonderful memories. RIP Billy. In my thoughts today and in the coming days and years without Billy.

  3. We went to school together Billy at Melbourne High School. You were one of my best friend’s. We played soccer together against the Greeks at lunchtime. We went to the races together. You were such a great person. You always had a smile. I will miss you Billy. Rest in Peace mate. Remembered but never forgotten Billy. Your mate forever Jeff.

  4. Dear Julie and Family, deepest Sympathy on your loss of a wonderful person in Bill. Julie the service was so beautiful, as I would expect from a perfectionist like you, Bill would be so proud.
    Lots of Love ❤️ Jenny Jensz

  5. Deepest Sympathy to Julie and all the Picken Family.
    An absolutely beautiful service for one of the nicest blokes around.
    Was a pleasure to have known him. Will be sadly missed
    Stick & Naomi Annett

  6. To Julie an$ family, we send our sincere condolences! We so enjoyed your time in Glenorchy.and extend our sympathy to you all. Gail, Paul, Dean, Matthew and Damian Mansfield

  7. Dear Julie, Marcus, Shaun, Brianna, Liam and families thank you for sharing the beautiful service with us. It was a fitting tribute to Bill. RIP Bill

  8. Bill you were a trailblazer, a young freckle faced kid from Macarthur making the big time playing footy for Collingwood. You made your family , friends and relatives so proud and inspired many others to achieve and have a go! Well done young fella! Our thoughts and love to Gwen, Julie and Family.

  9. Dear Julie and family. Deepest condolences on the passing of Bill. I have many fond memories of our time together playing cricket at Preston YCW, and socialising together.

  10. Farewell Billy. So cruel that a premiership did not come your way at Collingwood (although it did for you via Liam at the Western Bulldogs) and that now you are gone far too soon, but thankful you had such a full and fun life. The joy you gave us Collingwood supporters, especially in big games with your brilliant high marking, will live with us forever. To be among the first 18 named in our team of the century is a statement of your place in our club’s history – the epitome of a Collingwood champion. You will always be flying high in our eyes.

  11. To dear Julie and family,
    Our deepest sympathy to you all on the loss of Billy. We had an impromptu catchup with Bill at the Pullman Hotel just before Covid. His warmth, friendship and interest towards our family left a lasting impression on them.
    Bill was a larger than life person, who will be sadly missed.
    Always remembered,
    Barry and Robyn

  12. Dear Julie and family. Our deepest sympathy to you all at the very sad and sudden passing of Bill. He will be remembered forever. Xx
    Sharyn and Robert Logan and family.

  13. Our heartfelt Sympathy to Julie and Family,
    It was always great to catch up with Bill at
    the saleyards. Sale days will never be the same.
    The late Kevin Malseed and family were very proud of the footballer and person Billy had become.
    Bill will be very sadly missed.

  14. To Julie and family,

    My condolences…

    Friendship is a feeling, to be in Bill’s presence you felt inspired and stood taller, he made you smile. Wonderful memories.

    Deepest sympathy, so sad for your loss.


  15. To our Beautiful Auntie Gwen and family, I watched Bill’s lovely service on line, how very proud you must be of your grand children and great grand children ❤️ Even though I couldn’t be there with you today I want you to know I was watching from afar ❤️ and just wanted to send you all our condolences and lots and lots of hugs ❤️ Marg xx

  16. To Julie, Marcus,Sean, Briana, Liam and families. Our deepest sympathy to you all on the loss of Bill. Our thoughts and prayers with you all. From Craig and Melita McAllister and family.

  17. Blessings to you and your family Julie.
    It was a fitting service for Bill.
    Judy, Mark and Leah Sommerville

  18. My thoughts are with Julie and the family today. I know you all have wonderful memories of Bill that will always be there as you go forward together.

  19. A wonderful tribute to a wonderful man……condolences to all of Billy’s family and friends……he was my hero growing up….rip billy… gave me so many memories and I never missed a Collingwood game that you played in….#25 forever in my heart…..a beautiful service….

  20. To Julie and all the family,
    You have all been in my thoughts since news broke of Bill’s passing. You all have so many wonderful people around you that will be there for you and who will pick you up when you are down.
    He will be missed by everyone.
    Love Suzanne

  21. Dear Julie and family Thinking of you and all the family. . My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Take care Jules

  22. Condolences to the Picken Family. Billy was my 1st football hero, As a Magpie fan he brought me so much joy as words cannot describe. Thank you for the memories Forever fly No25.

  23. Craig Davis (Boofa) and Family To Julie and family our heart felt condolences.

    I played against Billy twice and played with him 97 times each one memorable.

    Marcus & Nick shared the Collingwood Creche together so Bill, Julie, Judy, Craig became friends sharing many outings together.

    They were a beautiful family.

    Billy was a great footballer but even a better person. My only regret that our paths never crossed over the years due to our work locations.

    RIP lovely person GOD “HERE COMES BILLY”

  24. I never had the privilege to have met Billy but as a fan during my teens, the level of his aerial skill, ability to read the game and position himself inspired me to be better.
    I used to call out his name when I went for a mark as a fun thing and leaned years later that he did similar in contests during games.
    He left his “mark” on me and countless others.

  25. Once Collingwood always Collingwood. Fly high Billy. I grew up watching you play for Collingwood. RIP. Deepest sympathy to the Picken family. Thanks for the memories.

  26. My deepest condolences to Billy’s family. Thank you for sharing him with us passionate Pies fans. He was a bloody legend, a superstar player, courageous, heart n soul of our club and a great character. RIP Billy and may you win a premiership every year up in heaven, you deserve plenty!!

    Here’s a dedication I did to Billy and my link to him from back in 2012 and the footy from this lifetime highlight was proudly displayed in the CFC Hafey’s heroes display a few years ago.

  27. A marvellous star for the Pies and gave us so many great moments especially in finals. Deepest sympathy to Julie and family, our families go way back. Rest in Peace Billy.

  28. Condolences to all the family .. From Ian Cove .(Mad Collingwood supporter ). friend of Bills Cousin Brian now living in QLD, did live in Hamilton for a while .. my father was NAB Manager in Hamilton.. Remembering all the good old days after Billys matches with dad Bob in Melbourne .

  29. Thanks for the memories Billy. Bringing Len Thompson and Murray Weiderman to visit me at the Austin Hospital in ’76 is a memory I’ve bever forgotten. I’ve still got the footy they gave me. Rest in peace mate.
    Shane Hamilton (Rompy’s son).

  30. Fly high #25 Billy. My favourite magpie growing up. Your guts and determination were legendary. As a finals player, you even took it to the next level. Will never forget you’re deeds for Collingwood. RIP

  31. Condolences to bills wife and family. I followed you in your career at Collingwood all the way through the highs and lows thanks for the memories Billy Picken you are a star and always will be to me Good old Collingwood forever. Steven Closter

  32. Good old Collingwood forever. Condolences to Bills wife and family always in our hearts. Mick & Bev Closter life long pies supporters thanks for the thrills spills and highlights Billy Picken Gone but never forgotten

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