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77-year-old Bill Fink was well known by many as a kind and smart man who would always be in the annual parade flashing one of his beautiful Morgan sports cars.
77-year-old Bill Fink was well known by many as a kind and smart man who would always be in the annual parade flashing one of his beautiful Morgan sports cars.

Bill Fink Passes Away 
Longtime Treasured Member of the Community

Feb 26, 2019

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TWO EVENTS at McCaughey Hall - 17184 Bodega Hwy Bodega

Polenta and Beef Stew Dinner. The Bodega Volunteer Fire Department’s first fundraiser of the year is Saturday, March 7th, from 5 to 8 p.m.   Full meal of polenta, beef stew, cheese, salad and roll. Dinners can be to-go as well. Tickets at the door, $10/children, $15/adults. Soda, water, beer and wine sold separately. Delicious desserts, too!

Community Crab Feed. Hosted in Bodega; organized by The Fisherman’s Marketing Association Of Bodega Bay on Saturday March 14th, 3 to 6 p.m.   All-you-can-eat locally caught crab (marinated or plain), pasta, salad and garlic bread. Tickets are $60. Enjoy live music and a raffle provided by great local businesses. No-host bar. All proceeds benefit local Bodega Bay fishermen!

Tragedy hits Bodega

Bill Driving his Morgan towards Tamales Bay in Feb 2016. Image: YouTube: Morgan RoadTrip - PT 2We’ve lost a longtime treasured member of the community. 77-year-old Bill Fink was well known by many as a kind and smart man who would always be in the annual parade flashing one of his beautiful Morgan sports cars. He imported, collected, modified, sold, worked on and of course loved to drive these vintage British cars. Not only was he critical in the successful life of Morgans in North America since the 1960s, he also studied at Yale, Stanford and Oxford, where he was an accomplished rowing blue. He was a good neighbor and will be missed by family, friends and all his comrades. 

Click on video image to watch RoadTrip - Morgan in America talking and riding with Bill fink himself. Produced by The Auto Channel this is a 3 part video journey. Image: youtube.com/watch?v=pyuuzkBAWiYWATCH a 3 part Morgan Auto video Journey with Bill Fink as your driver and Mark Fulmer from the Auto Channel.

Video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyuuzkBAWiY

Video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBlMR8NYjfk

Video 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8qetcZI77I

His home in the 800 block on Salmon Creek Road quickly burnt up in flames from late Sunday to early Monday, February 10th. Fire is fierce and undoubtedly feared. Bill Fink was brave in its face as he appeared to be trying to put the fire out. Sonoma County Fire Prevention’s fire inspector, Charles Rivers, says Fink became too weak from smoke inhalation during that time. Luckily his wife, daughter and two visiting friends made it safely out of the house. 

Rivers reports preliminarily that the fire may have started in the guest bedroom. He suspects the furnace got so hot it could have ruptured the propane line, which would have sparked the flames. The incident is being reviewed by the Fire Investigation Task Force of Sonoma County. Official cause of death from the Coroners is yet undetermined. 

Bodega Volunteer Fire Department was the first on scene and were unfortunately unable to save Bill Fink. It was a sad day for all, and especially tough for the firemen who knew him personally.Seven different departments and about 35 individuals from West Sonoma County showed up in response to the call and helped fight the fire. Bodega Volunteer Fire Department was the first on scene and were unfortunately unable to save Bill Fink. It was a sad day for all, and especially tough for the firemen who knew him personally. Next came Bodega Bay and Gold Ridge Fire Protection Districts. Other Fire Departments that came out were Valley Ford, Occidental, Graton, and Monte Rio. They had multiple water tenders and fire engines and other vehicles including an ambulance. 

The fire was contained to the house, which is a total loss and now uninhabitable. It was considered a defensive fire fight, meaning that it was fought from the exterior. They managed to protect other structures, vegetation and all the vehicles, many of which were Fink’s valuable Morgans. Battalion Chief Darrin DeCarli of the Gold Ridge District says they had people on site until midday, spending many hours “mopping up,” putting out any hot spots. 

Not only was he critical in the successful life of Morgans in North America since the 1960s, he also studied at Yale, Stanford and Oxford, where he was an accomplished rowing blue. Photo:www.hagerty.comFink was widely respected and beloved across the US, UK and Europe. Steve Morris, CEO of the Morgan Motor Company, paid homage to him: "I am deeply saddened to hear the news about Bill Fink. I can remember Bill as a consistent and prominent Morgan character throughout my 38 years at the Morgan Motor Company. His passion, commitment and dedication to Morgan embodies the spirit of the marque. He was a friend to many here at the factory and will be sorely missed."

 

 

The Freestone Store is up for sale! 

The property is in the Freestone Historic District.  500 Bohemian Hwy Freestone, CA. It was built circa 1875. The building has both commercial and residential spaces. This combination is the perfect arrangement for a store owner to live above their shop.

The Freestone Store. This combination is the perfect arrangement for a store owner to live above their shop. Photo: NORCAL MSL

Asking price is $775,000.00 which includes an on-site ABC license for beer and wine.

For inquiries, contact Steve Hecht at Artisan Sotheby's International Realty.  Cell phone:(707) 481-8474.

 

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