Courtesy Jackson Citizen Patriot

Courtesy Jackson Citizen Patriot

William F Bayliss (1943-1999) died at the age 55 and was a colorful guy who liked to impersonate other members while we played chess at the club when it was at the YMCA and at other players homes on weekends or holidays. Bill was great at sounding like other members through his voice and in his facial expressions and mannerisms. I always told Bill he should have done some Standup Comedy. Bill took many classes at Michigan State where his wife worked as an English Professor. I’ll never forget the “burning leaves” smell emanating from his huge pipe hanging from his mouth. When he concentrated on a move he would take his finger and twist it in his hair. By the end of a long hard fought game his hair looked as though he had stuck his finger in a light bulb socket. Bill was gregarious and boisterous. You could hear him talking to someone 500 feet away. Every time Bill came over to Gario’s house he would take the USCF game of the month and set up the first 4 or 5 moves then make us play one side. This was after he had studied the article for days and we had no idea he would spring it on us, so he had a blast refuting our moves until we figured out the correct variations. He died of a heart attack while trying to lift a boulder out of his vegetable garden. I will sure miss his fried cauliflower and cheese, they went good with a hard fought game. -*Jimio*

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