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Update 12/25/2005 02:10 PM MST: Merry Christmas!   Kala Christougena!

The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

 The Reading is from Matthew 2:1-20

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him." When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet: 'And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will govern my people Israel.'"

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star appeared; and he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him bring me word, that I too may come and worship him." When they had heard the king they went their way; and lo the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

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Update 12/01/2005 10:31 AM MST: It is with great sorrow and tears in my eyes as I type this that we let you know that our best friend and companion, Rocket D. Dogg (Rocky), our family dog has passed away at the age of 14 due to illness and old age.  Christopher and I took him to the vet this morning to have him put to sleep, and I must say, it's one of the hardest things we've ever had to do.  Rocky was Chris' Christmas present when he was 6 years old, and the two have been best friends ever since.  Rocky would sleep in Chris' bed, head on a pillow and covered with a blanket, just like a human.  But he wasn't human, no, he was way better than that.  You couldn't ask for a more loyal friend and he brought great joy to all of us.  Saying goodbye isn't easy (it never is), but this was especially difficult because Rocky was truly one of the family.  Please click on the thumbnail images for a larger image of Chris and his best bud.  We'll miss you old pal, now go play fetch with Billy.

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Update 11/13/2005 11:53 AM MST: Birthday wishes to my sweetheart, Peggy Ann!  It was a stressful day initially, as our cat "Furball" got sick and had to be taken to the vet for emergency surgery.  He came through with flying colors and things calmed down after that.  Peg's sister Dawn treated us to a wonderful birthday dinner at the Rio Grande Cafe, which is our favorite restaurant.  The large cheese enchiladas are to die for!  We had a great meal with wonderful company (Rodney was there too) and returned home to look after the kitty.  We just hung out and relaxed for the rest of the night and the day ended well.  Happy birthday sweetie, I love you with all my heart!  'Til next time...

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Update 11/07/2005 11:55 AM MST: Happy 34th birthday Billy Glenn.  While you are not here physically to celebrate with us, you are most certainly alive and well in our hearts.  Birthdays, holidays and other special days will not be the same now that you're gone, but by God's Grace and with His strength, we'll make it through.  Greetings to Billy's dad Bill and step-mother Norah, Thom and Tanya, Sean, Christopher and the rest of the family.  Our prayers are with you all.  Thanks Natasja for the wonderful photos of Billy that you shared with us (see photo at left).  Take care everyone, God bless you all.

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Update 10/22/2005 03:58 PM MDT: Hello and welcome back.  OK Jen, we listened.  We have updated the photo gallery.  Jen is our niece from Arizona and she sent us a note admonishing us for not updating the photos of the grand-kids on the photo gallery page.  There are some new photos of Dax playing baseball, Nick and Sean working on Nick's bike and Billy's grave decorated for Halloween.  If you like scrapbooking, check out Jen's site Ready, Set, Create!.  It's loaded with cool info and ideas.  Billy loved Halloween, so last Sunday on our weekly visit his Aunt Dawn brought a bunch of cool Halloween goodies to decorate with.  I especially like the "Jason" hockey mask and I know Billy likes it too.  If this all sounds weird to you, then you didn't know Billy very well.  We plan to decorate his grave on all of the major holidays, and we'll post photos when we do.  I have also added a little video we put together of Dax playing hockey and baseball.  It's a fairly large file (about 8 Mb) so if you have a slow connection, it'll take a few minutes.  You can view it by clicking here.  Or, save it to your hard drive by right-clicking the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As", depending on which browser you're using.  I hope you're using Firefox, if not, you should try it.  It blows Internet Exploder away.  We're enjoying the nicest Autumn we've had for a long time.  Here it is, three weeks into October and we're still in the low seventies.  Nice!  Check back soon, as I plan to add a page with photos and video from our trip to Arizona in July.  Thanks to Jerry and Betty for giving us a place to stay and for all the fun we had while we were there.  That's all for now.  See you soon...

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Update 10/08/2005 11:02 AM MDT: Our thanks to Billy's longtime friend Natasja for the touching words she sent to us via the novasio.com contact form.  Your letter was very moving and we remember you well from your trip to Utah several years ago.  We would like very much to reply to your letter Najasja, so please send your e-mail address to us here and we will contact you soon.  Hartelijk dank.  De God zegen u.  Natasja lives in Holland and this is just one more example of the many friends Billy has all over the world.  We are grateful to hear from all of you.  Until next time...

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Update 09/28/2005 09:51 AM MDT: Hello!  Well, the old saying "if you don't like the weather in Utah, wait five minutes" has never been truer.  A couple of weeks ago, the temperature dropped from the nineties down to the seventies in one day and it hasn't recovered since.  We've bounced back into the eighties a few times, but that was short lived.  Our nephew Rodney discovered this phenomenon the hard way.  He recently moved to Salt Lake from Washington state (when we were still in the nineties) and I told him how fast the weather changes from one season to the next here.  Within a day or two, that's exactly what happened.  He was amazed that we went from wearing shorts and a t-shirt to pants and a jacket that quickly.  Welcome to Utah Rodney!  We are thrilled to have Rodney here.  He is Peg's sister Wendy's son and because Dawn had extra room in her new home, he moved in with her.  Now we just need to get Wendy to move here from Arizona so we can all be together.  That would be fantastic!  Thanks for sharing Rodney with us Wendy.  He is a great kid and it's fun to celebrate "Margarita Night" every Friday with him.  And what an amazing cook!  A few weeks ago, he made fajita egg rolls for us.  That's right, fajita egg rolls!  Sounds kind of strange I know but they were amazing!  So, Rodney's helping us all stay fat and we couldn't be happier about it.  Wendy, if you're reading this (and I know you are), get your butt up here and help us eat all of Rodney's great food!  We're waiting... (tapping foot impatiently).  Much love to all of our friends and relatives all over the country and here in Utah.  Special thanks to my brother Rob, who, whether he realizes it or not, is helping me maintain my sanity.  We love you all and hopefully we'll talk soon.  Peace.

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Update 08/24/2005 11:27 AM MDT: Welcome back!  It is with great joy that we tell you that Billy's headstone has been completed and installed.  You can see photos of the front and back of the stone here.  We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Walter "|2|" Costinak for allowing us to use the "McBlink" character on the stone and supplying the art to do so.  In Walter's words: "McBlink was made with Billy in mind... When Billy passed away, so did McBlink".  We are honored that we were allowed to use Walter's art to pay tribute to Billy.  Thank-you Walter.  Special thanks also to Larry and Robert Bott of Pioneer Monument in Murray, UT who made the stone for us.  They were very accommodating and patient with us as we decided what to put on the stone.  Finally, much love to Billy's Aunt Dawn, who paid for the stone and vase, without whose love and support we would have never gotten through this.  You are one-of-a-kind Dawn, and we adore you!  Friday night has become Margarita night and, as I mentioned in an earlier post, we alternate between our house and Dawn's house for the festivities.  Last Friday (the day the headstone was installed), we were all enjoying ourselves in Margaritaville and at about 10:00 PM we thought it would be fun to go see the stone.  Our friends Jeff and Jodde were with us, and because Jeff wasn't drinking, we had a designated driver so Jeff suggested we go for it.  So there we were, in a dark cemetery, flashlight in hand with the full moon coming up over the Wasatch Mountains, checking out Billy's new headstone!  We laughed and cried and felt an overwhelming sense of peace at Billy's grave.  He was definitely there with us, and we felt his presence.  Having a stone on the grave makes such a difference in terms of our worldly needs.  That is, now we have something to touch and hug and hold onto.  Feeling the warmth of the words on the stone after bathing in the sun all day, it's a pretty amazing experience.  We love you Billy, and we will never forget you.  Via con Dios baby.

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Update 08/02/2005 10:58 AM MDT: Hello everyone!  Whew, it's been a busy Summer so far (which is my excuse for not posting in a month-and-a-half!).  Dax is finished with baseball but continues with hockey through August.  We were lucky enough to have him over last weekend along with Nicholas (Sean and Jamie's little boy).  What fun we had!  Those two ran poor Peg ragged, or was it the other way around?  In any case, we had a blast!  Dawn just bought a new home a few blocks from us so now we can alternate "Margarita Friday" at her house.  This is our weekly excuse to drink too much, laugh and annoy the neighbors!  Peg and I just returned from a little vacation in Arizona (many thanks to Jerry and Betty for giving us a place to lay our heads and putting up with us!).  We had a relaxing time and recharged the old batteries.  Oh, the food!  Mexican food at its finest, and we ate a bunch of it.  Billy's headstone should be finished and installed around the middle of August.  We'll post photos as soon as it's done.  It's definitely not your typical headstone, but Billy wasn't your typical person.  We think you'll like it.  We'll also be posting some photos from the Arizona trip and the long-promised (ahem) video of Dax doing the hockey thing.  Special thanks go out to Mr. Dan Eaton and Mr. Ryan Lord for their kind words.  Check back soon and until then, may His Peace be with you.

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Update 06/14/2005 09:19 PM MDT: My Billy left me 3 months ago today.... I can't even begin to describe what I feel.  This has been the weirdest 3 months of my life.  I feel like I am in a total state of shock.  Billy was my life,  he was by best friend.  We talked for hours and hours.  Soon  we will have a headstone for BG.  My sweetest sister Dawn surprised me on Mothers Day with a headstone.  We always go to the cemetery on Sunday.  On Mother's Day she surprised me with a card telling me that she had bought a headstone for BG. We couldn't afford one because we are still paying for the funeral.  God bless her she didn't want him to not have a headstone.  We want all of Billy's friends to send us their favorite Billy one liners so we can pick one for the headstone.  We had a candle and whirlygig and a vase on his grave and someone I guess needed it more than him and stole all of it.  I am really excited to have the headstone because without the other stuff you cant even tell where his grave is.  I find myself crying constantly.  I just can't seem to get over this.  I almost feel like there is something wrong with me because I can't move on.  I want everyone to know how much all your letters meant to me.  I intend to answer every one of them eventually.  My Billy would want it that way.  Billy loved everyone so much.  He only wanted everyone to be happy.  Especially his little Daxie.  Dax is playing Hockey and baseball.  His last baseball game is Thursday and we will video tape it so all of you can see him.  His hockey game is tomorrow and we will also video tape that.  He just looks so cute in all that gear.  He went to Vegas last week just to get away.  He is having a really hard time.   His Dad was his best friend and he is having a hard time not having him in his life.  I keep forgetting how many people loved BG.  It feels right now like I am totally alone, and then I remember all the letters and cards we received when he passed away.  I keep seeing him in the hospital when he was so sick.  When my Mom died 2 years ago Billy said he didn't know how I was handling all of that, and I said I am not.  He said Mom if you died it would kill me, and I said it would kill me if you went first, you are supposed to bury me.  He said well I guess we have to go together, and we agreed we would.  Well when Billy was laying in hospital bed before he went into a coma, I whispered in his ear, "I will come after you and kick your ass for not keeping your promise".  He grinned cuz he knew I really would.  My baby boy left such a huge hole in my heart, but I have to remember that I have 3 wonderful sons, two beautiful grandsons and a wonderful husband here that still need me.  Sometimes I just wish I could be with my BG.  I actually have a friend that said to me that she figured that I should be getting over Billy's death my now...I said my God it's just starting to sink in.  How can I ever get over my firstborn son's death.  I guess the only way to understand my pain is to lose a child,  and I pray to God none of you ever do.  I hear everyday from people I know, " I can't imagine losing a child", I always reply, please don't try because you won't ever even get close to the pain you feel...and God knows I can't even begin to describe it.  Just know that this is the worst possible nightmare you could ever imagine having.  Billy wanted everyone to be happy and I actually feel guilty being so sad.  I really am trying.  Please know that Billy is still here with us if only in spirit.  I feel him every day.  I walk by his room and get a chill.  I know he is still talking to me, and I hope I can eventually figure out what he is trying to tell me.  Maybe it is just that life is full of pain, but always try to help someone else feel like they are loved.   I love all of you, as did Billy.  God Bless you all!   Peg

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Update 06/09/2005 04:25 PM MDT: Greetings!  Welcome back to our site.  Spring has been late coming this year, as we have experienced below normal temperatures and rain, lots of rain.  The cooler temps are a good thing though, because if it gets too hot too fast, all the snow still in the mountains melts at once and we have floods!  On April 27, our beautiful niece Frances married Kyle Egbert in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  Although we were not able to witness the wedding (we are not LDS, let alone "Temple Worthy"), we did attend the reception afterwards.  Frances was a beautiful bride and Kyle is a very good young man and we are very happy for them.  You can see some photos from the reception here.  On May 18, Peg and I attended Dax's first hockey practice.  There is something really special about watching a seven-year-old kid flying down the ice in full hockey gear.  Papou (that's me) really loves ice hockey and baseball and Dax is playing both this year!  Sweet!  We are so proud of him.  We have a nice little Mini DV camcorder now, so expect to see some video of Dax doing his hockey and baseball thing soon.  Speaking of video, you can see a short clip of Nicholas saying nursery rhymes here.  You may have to turn the volume up to hear it but it is so adorable!  Photos of Stingers opening day and Dax's hockey practice can be seen in the photo gallery.  Until next time...

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Update 04/23/2005 11:55 AM MDT: Hello and welcome on this beautiful Spring day.  Sorry we haven't posted for awhile but our lives have been pretty full lately.  We recently received a letter from Intermountain Donation Services thanking us for donating Billy's organs and updating us on those who have benefited from some of his organs so far.  Billy's Mom wanted to share this letter with all of you so we have posted a scan of it here.  You may have to click it to enlarge it in your browser to read it.  Billy was an organ donor, are you?  Our whole family has signed up for the organ donor program and we humbly ask that you do too.  Please click here for more information regarding how to go about becoming an organ donor, and thank-you.  Dax is spending the weekend with us and we are having a great time.  Last night he drove around the back yard on Nick's Jeep and had a ball.  The weather is improving so the boys are having lots of fun in the back yard.  Dax just got back from Las Vegas with his Mom Aimee and she said they had a great time.  He seems to be doing very well and we just love to spend time with him.  It does our hearts good to look into his beautiful face and see his Daddy.  April 7 was opening day at the ball park and Christopher, my dear friend Kelly and I went to Franklin Covey field to catch the Salt Lake Stingers in their home opener.  The weather was fantastic and the air was warm (compared to many opening days past when we were lucky to be above freezing when the first pitch was thrown).  We ate lots of junk and Kelly and I drank some good beer and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.  Christopher actually sat through the whole game and watched it with great interest.  Normally he gets kind of restless and wanders off but this time he really got into the action on the field.  Spring has finally sprung here in Salt Lake City and we are thrilled.  We spend more quality time on the deck these days enjoying the warm sunshine and reminiscing about Billy and his life.  It brings us great comfort as the healing process continues.  Thanks again to all of you for your cards, letters, email and prayers.  I hope to update this site a little more often so please check back soon.  We love you all and God bless.  

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Update 03/30/2005 11:45 AM MST: Greetings from the Novasio and Wilson families.  We would like to thank all of you who have donated to the college fund for Dax.  As of now, there is $1553.17 in his college fund thanks to your generosity.  The snow is falling here in Salt Lake City as Winter gives us one last blast, but sunny weather is just around the corner and we are definitely looking forward to Spring.  Billy's brother Sean, aka Flounder (shown here with his son Nicholas) is waiting for dry roads so he can bust out his Cobra and waste some tread (Cobras get a little squirrelly in the snow) and he's glad to know that the dry weather is upon us.  Speaking of Sean, some of you have asked how you can contact him via email.  That's easy, just click here.  Sean is feeling pretty blue about the loss of his brother and best friend so if you'd like to forward some words of encouragement to him, please feel free.  He'd love to hear from you.  We are all still deeply saddened by Billy's passing, but each day it gets a little easier.  Dax spent the night with us last weekend and we went to McDonald's and watched some movies.  He's handling the passing of his father quite well, but we know that he's hurting in his own way and we are showering him with love and encouragement.  He's a tough little guy.  Mama Spice is doing pretty well too, although this one's going to take some time.  Thanks again to all of you and please check back.  We'll keep you posted about Dax and the family and more photos are on the way.  Peace.

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Update 03/22/2005 04:33 PM MST: Because so many of you have requested a way to donate to Dax online, we have created a PayPal account which will route these donations into his fund at Zions Bank.  Please click the button at the top of this page to donate, and thank-you.  Mama Spice, Sweet Dick Willy and Flounder send their regards.

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Update 03/22/2005 12:55 PM MST: Hello to all and welcome back to our site.  This is a photo of Billy and Dax that we are particularly fond of.  We also know that this is one of Billy's favorite photos of himself.  Please click on the thumbnail to see a full size copy.  This is our family web site on which we post photos and news for the benefit of family that live all over the country.  Our little corner of the web averages about 25-30 hits a day, but Billy has changed all of that.  He used to kid with us and tell us that he'd link to our site from his gaming site and drive some traffic our way.  In the last few days, although the reason is a sad one, he has done just that.  Our site has received over 20,000 unique hits since the news of Billy's passing was posted on the online gaming sites and on this site.  This is an amazing testament to the positive effect Billy has had on so many people's lives all over the world.  We have also received hundreds of emails expressing sorrow at his loss and offering loving words of condolence.  We can't thank you enough for the support you have given us during this difficult time and we take great comfort in knowing that so many people loved and respected Billy for who he was, and what he stood for.  Billy's funeral service was especially touching and many people came forth to offer amusing and heart-warming stories about Billy and his adventures.  The service was beautiful and was conducted by Billy's Buddhist teacher Lama Thupten and his wife Jean.  Many people have since commented that they took something away from that service, a feeling of peace and love that warmed their hearts.  Billy was buried in his Buddhist robes and many people from the Buddhist community attended the service and chanted and prayed that Billy's new journey would be a good one.  More chants and prayers were said at the graveside and helped us to have a peaceful feeling and a sense of closure.  Thanks to all who attended, either physically or in spirit.  Billy's Mom, son Dax and Aimee are doing OK, about as well as can be expected.  Many of you have asked if there is a way to make donations to Dax's college fund online.  We have spoken with Aimee and decided to set up a PayPal account on this site through which all donations received will be routed to Billy's donation fund for Dax (set up at Zions Bank here in Salt Lake City).  Check back soon and we will post information about how to donate to this account.  Every nickel received will benefit Dax directly and we thank-you for the opportunity to help with Dax's future.  Over the coming days and weeks, we will post more photos of Billy and keep you up-to-date regarding Dax and the family.  Thanks again and may God bless each and every one of you.

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Billy Glenn Wilson 11/7/1971~3/14/2005 Billy Glenn Wilson, age 33, passed away March 14, 2005 at the LDS Hospital. He was born November 7, 1971 to William and Peggy in Ft. Bragg, N.C. He spent his young years living in North Carolina, Arizona, and Utah. He graduated from El Cajon High School in California in 1990 and returned to Utah where he went to work for Consolidated Theatres. He also spent some time driving the Milk Beast for KJQ Radio Station. He met his wife, Aimee, while driving the Beast. They were married on July 17, 1993. They were blessed with their beautiful son, Dax, who was the biggest joy in Billy's life. Billy founded Vodoo Extreme in the early 90's, which became the largest gaming news site in the world. He went to work for Packard Bell after marrying and worked there as a supervisor for several years. After years of struggle, he made a come-back and co-founded The Gaming Groove Website with Edward Chen. He leaves behind his beautiful seven-year-old son, Dax; ex-wife, Aimee; his loving mother, Peggy; step-father, Jim Novasio; his father, William; step-mother, Norah Wilson; his three younger brothers, Thomas (Tanya), Sean (Jamie), and Christopher; and his nephew, Nicholas; his "favorite aunt", Dawn Nichols; Uncle Jerry and Aunt Betty; Aunt Wendy; Aunt Patsy (LeRay); Uncle Ace (Janell); Uncle Ray (Debbie); Aunt Nancy (Jerry); his boss, friend, and sometimes Dad, Randy Miller with whom Billy created soft space; and so many friends and co-workers that we can't name them all. Billy will be missed by so many for his big heart and quick wit. We want to thank the LDS ICU and staff for the love and care they gave Billy; and Lama Thupten and his wife, Jean. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Billy G. Wilson Donation Account for his son, Dax, at Zions Bank. For more information or to leave condolences, please visit www.novasio.com. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 So. State Street where friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 18th and Saturday from 1:00-1:45 p.m. Interment Murray City Cemetery.
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune on 3/17/2005.

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Update 03/16/2005 05:43 PM MST: Greetings to all.  Let us start by sending our sincere thanks to all of you who have taken the time to send your prayers and condolences to us either via email or through your posts on the many gaming news sites (and others).  Your kind thoughts and the outpouring of love from all of you has helped us tremendously through these difficult days.  Billy's Mom thought it important to let you know that Billy's organs were donated to help others and in fact, his kidneys have already gone to California to help save two different people's lives.  Although he has left us, a part of him will live on and hopefully improve the quality of life for others.  We know that this would make Billy very happy, for he spent a great deal of his time trying to make life a little easier for those he loved, and even for complete strangers.  This is who he was, and we are very proud of him.  Many of you have asked for details surrounding his death, and there is a lot of speculation floating around out there.  Allow us to set the record straight.  The failure of Billy's liver was sudden.  He did not have a history of liver problems, however his liver was certainly weakened by years of living "in the fast lane".  What ultimately caused his liver to fail was his ingestion of acetaminophen (Tylenol).  Because his liver was already quite weak, the acetaminophen caused it to shut down.  Because his liver stopped functioning, toxins built up in his system causing fluid to build up in his brain, which in turn caused his brain to swell.  The swelling eventually put him into a coma and his brain suffered severe damage.  Once we had determined that there was no brain function, the support was withdrawn and he passed away.  Billy did not commit suicide and, ironically, his past behavior had nothing to do with his untimely death (other than perhaps the weakened state of his liver).

Many of you have asked about how you can help Billy's son Dax so we have established a trust fund in Billy's memory to which donations can be made to help with Dax's college education.  Donations can be sent to Zions Bank, c/o The Billy G. Wilson Donation Fund For Dax, 845 East 4500 South, Murray, UT 84107.  Billy's whole world revolved around Dax and we thank you on Billy's behalf for helping secure a bright future for his son.  Billy's funeral will be held Saturday, March 19 at 2:00 PM at the Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State Street, Murray, UT 84107.  His obituary will run tomorrow, March 17 in the Salt Lake Tribune.  We will post his obituary on this site first thing tomorrow.  Once again, our heartfelt thanks to all of you for your loving comments and support.  Soar with the eagles Billy!  You will live in our hearts forever.

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Update 03/15/2005 11:58 PM MST: Hi  everyone, I am Billy's Momma.  I lost the light of my life last night and thought I would never take a breath again.  The pain is more than I thought I could endure.  Billy was my first born son.  He was my birthday present when I turned 20 years old.  He was born 6 days before my birthday.  We had moved to Fayetteville N.C. when I was 8 months pregnant.  I was scared to death as I had never been away from home, which was a tiny town in Southern Arizona.  Billy was born in Fort Bragg army hospital and I was so scared.  I remember holding that beautiful baby and thinking it will be us against the world.  Many times that is exactly what it was, me and BG.  He gave me reason to live and fight.  One of the last things he said to me was "Mom, you really are a tough old broad, remind me not to piss you off".  I promised I would.  He also promised he would never leave me.  Yes folks he was a Momma's boy, and proud of it.  I would laugh at the "Wicked" thing cuz he was as far from wicked as anyone could be, well he could be if he really tried but normally he was the sweetest person you ever could meet. To let you know how wonderful he was, when he was doing really well at VE, he bought me a car, and said "Mom, someday you won't ever have to worry about anything again", and I knew he meant that with all his heart.  His last words to me were "I love you", that was just before he slipped into a coma.  He would talk to me by moving his eyes or wiggling his finger but I got good at hearing his final words.  We took Dax in to see  him the day before he passed and Dax was a real trooper.  He wanted to know what all the machines were doing, and I had to explain the function of each instrument hooked up to his Daddy.  He looked at me with big eyes and said "Yiayia, you know Dad hates needles", and I said "yes I do", and he said "then why isn't he freaking out?"  I said "cuz he is in a deep sleep and really doesn't know that they are there", he said "it figures cuz if he knew he would just jump out that window". 

We are setting up a page of family photos of Billy.  We will post them as soon as possible so please check back.  I feel we should share what we have with all those who love him.  I mostly want to thank all of you.  I don't think we would be doing nearly as well had we not had all these wonderful e-mails from all of you to get us through.  I knew Billy was good, but I had no idea how much everyone loved him.  We intend to answer all your letters as that is what Billy would want us to do.  I have had the pleasure of having Billy dwelling in the dungeon, otherwise known as our basement, for over the last three years, and I thank God for giving me that time with him.  We are so grateful for the wonderful care Billy received from LDS Hospital and the wonderful staff that made his last 4 days of his life bearable.  Also to Lama Thupten, his Buddhist teacher and his wife Jean for being with us and making his passing more bearable, and to all for your for your wonderful letters.  We will post the funeral arrangements in the next couple of days.  Billy is still in the hospital as he is donating his organs to help others.  Again that is who he is.  Also we are setting up a trust fund for Dax's college education in lieu of flowers.  It is very important that we take care of the one thing that meant the most to Billy, and that is Dax. 

God Bless all of you and thank you for your prayers and condolences.  You can never know how much we truly appreciate all of you.

To those of you that are Billy's Veggie friends, I had the hospital cafeteria grind up their mystery meat and put it in Billy's I.V.  My baby finally had a full stomach...every Mother needs to know her baby has had a hearty meal, even if it is mystery meat,  probably what did him in...

My love to you all

Peggy Novasio

Mother of the wicked one

P.S. As soon as my heart heals a bit I will write Billy's life story as I feel it might help others.  You can contact us here.

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Update 03/15/2005 11:40 AM MST: It is with much sorrow that we inform you that Billy Wilson, our oldest son, has passed away due to liver failure at age 33.  Billy left us last night, March 14 at 9:50 PM, at LDS Hospital here in Salt Lake City.  Words cannot adequately express the anguish we feel right now, but a certain sense of peace has descended upon our home for we know that Billy is free from pain and suffering and has gone on to a much better place.  Billy was an incredibly talented young man who was one of the pioneers of the online gaming news genre, first with VoodooExtreme and most recently with GamingGroove.  He is well known by the gaming community not only in the US but all over the world.  Visit both sites mentioned above to read loving comments from many of his fans.  Funeral arrangements are in the works and we will update this site when details become available.  I just spoke with Aimee and Dax is handling the situation like a trooper.  Dax is wise beyond his years, no doubt because of two terrific parents.  We love you Aimee and Dax, may God bless you always.  You left us too soon Billy but are lives are much better for having had you in them.  Take care BG, you'll be in our hearts forever.  May his memory be eternal.

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Update 02/19/2005 01:46 PM MST: Welcome back!  We've updated the look of the site for the new year and moved all posts from 2004 to the 2004 Archives page.  That should speed up the loading of this page for you folks on dial-up.  As I type this, I'm looking out our bedroom window watching the sun peek in and out from behind the clouds.  The color of the light and the smell of the air hint at good things to come.  Spring fever is biting hard this year!  My brother Steve is threatening to get me out on the golf course and I can't wait!  I haven't hit a golf ball in a long time and I'm definitely ready.  Peg and I were just talking about all the wonderful things that you see, hear and even smell in the Spring and Summer that seem to disappear in the Winter.  Sitting on the deck, looking at the deep green lawn with that fresh-cut smell.  The sound of kids shouting as they play.  Lawn mowers running in the distance.  The birds returning to sing their songs.  The crickets chirping all night long as the fresh breeze wafts in through the window.  Peg and I hope to do some major work in the back yard this year.  There are lots of old trees and bushes back there that just take up too much space and make it difficult to mow the lawn.  We plan to remove a lot of them and free up some space.  I'm looking forward to it.  Sean and Billy found a nice little townhouse and have moved in together.  We pray that this is a wonderful new beginning for both of them and that they find peace and happiness in their lives.  We wish the same for all of you.  Until next time...

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Update 01/16/2005 03:30 PM MST: As the new year begins, I would like to reflect on a few things that have happened in the last year.  Hard to believe, but our friend Tasso has been gone for a year.  It feels like just yesterday but at the same time, it seems like forever.  I wish I could pick up the phone and call him sometime, just catch up and laugh like we used to.  Mary, Tasso's mom is doing OK-not great, but OK.  She is an incredibly strong woman.  She has lived through much adversity but you'd never know it.  She always greets you with a beautiful smile and lives her life with a quiet dignity and grace.  She raised three boys all by herself.  Three great boys.  She raised me too.  I was at her house more than my own back in the day.  She's my mom too.  She's everyone's mom.  And we're all better because of it.  Our prayers go to Mary, Don, Ted and Vic.  Let's all take a moment to remember Tasso.  May his memory be eternal.  Christopher moved to Chicago this year and has had quite an adventure in the Windy City.  When home for Christmas, he informed us that he'd be moving back to Salt Lake to attend a local college and work.  Needless to say, we're happy he's coming home (Peg is thrilled!).  In October, Peg and I went on an amazing cruise to the Caribbean and we're going again next October.  Sister Shad is putting the whole thing together and we hope to have a bunch of people with us!  The warm Caribbean sun would feel pretty good right about now.  Peg could use some stress relief, what with family and work and the home and having to put up with me.  God bless her.  I don't know how she does it all but I'm very grateful and love her with all my heart.  Here's hoping that 2005 is a great year for us'n and your'n.  Cheers!

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Update 01/02/2005 02:00 PM MST: Happy New Year everyone!  We hope you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday season and wish you the best for the coming year.  Pretty quiet New Year around here.  Peg and I just hung out with Dawn and Blair here at home.  Peg drank too much wine and I drank too much beer and we hit the hay at about 12:15.  It was nice.  New photos from Thanksgiving and Christmas are posted in the Photo Gallery if you'd like to take a look.  Soon I'll post my review of the Firefox browser.  Look out Microsoft, Firefox leaves Internet Explorer in the dust!  'Til next time...

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