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  1. #16
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    Bill Brawand (photos from family)

    Our deepest sympothies and condolences go to the Brawand family. These photos were submitted by daughter, Sam Brawand. Bill was a true benchrest shooter if there ever was one. We'll miss you Bill!




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  2. #17
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    Great pics.

    The Man, The Myth, The Legend.K

    I never heard Bill complain about anything.

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Coots View Post
    Great pics.

    The Man, The Myth, The Legend.K

    I never heard Bill complain about anything.

    Dave
    I did at Holton. It was 105°(Can't remember the year.).
    And they took him to the hospital. He wanted to sleep in his van.
    They made him stay at the Harrington. Might have been his first time. He thought it was really nice. The next year he had a trailer. With a bigger A/C.
    A few Canadians went to hospital , too. A lot of people left next day.....
    Great guy.

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    Very sad news indeed. My condolences to his family. Bill was one of kind and one of the last "characters" in benchrest. I have known him from the late 70s and shot more than a few of his bullets. He grew up on a dairy farm in Wilcox, Pa which is the northcentral part of the state. Back in the day, Bill worked for his father on the farm and dairy. For many years he was paid $100 a week for untold hours of tending to a dairy herd and running a dairy. I am pretty sure he delivered milk from the homebase as well. He told me he made his own bullets, of course, to save money. But the cash he earned making and selling bullets is what allowed him to shoot. He could not do so on $100 let alone raise a family. He learned frugality at an early age, and a helluva work ethic. Fast forward into the 2000s. The dairy was long gone but the Brawand farm remained. Underneath the fields was oil and gas. Bill was unique in that he did not sell mineral rights, he drilled his own damned wells. He was savvy and resulted in rather substantial revenue over the years. He could afford to stay at a nice motel (he could have bought the motel, or the motel chain...) but many times would sleep on a couch in a range's clubhouse. In the later years he did get an nice RV which he deserved. (Sam Brawand if I got anything wrong here, please let me know).

    Bill was a good man, a fine benchrest shooter and will be missed.

    Jeff

  5. #20
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    Seems Bill stayed in the clubhouse at Kelblys.

  6. #21
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    Heck,

    If any range clubhouse would let me sleep in there if it had AC, I would stay in a heartbeat versus give a hotel money...

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