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I was on the phone this afternoon with Bill Lublin, my friend, confidant, and part time super hero, when he came home to find his beautiful wife Sheila had passed away. I’ve heard that passionate cry once before in my life as Bill asked to call me back, and I prayed that I was just paranoid, but I was not. According to medical professionals at the scene, they believe she died of an aneurysm or embolism.

No one deserves this type of shock and tradgedy, nor the agony of attempting CPR on someone you love and cherish as much as Bill cherished Shelia- this is a memory I pray Bill can forget.

Sheila attended Connect in SF with Bill where many of us met her for the first time, however, if you’ve spent any time with Bill at all, you know they come as a pair as he describes in his own words…

Sheila was the love of my life. For 34 years we were together everyday. We raised our son together, struggled together through all of the recessions and tough times while we built the business together. We shared good times and tougher times, and almost every minute I did not spend working I spent with her. She was my best friend, my confidant, my lover, my everything, and I feel completely lost without her.

Sheila, as we came to learn, fought other things such as Lupus Disease, and you knew after 30 seconds that she was as tough as she was fragile. She was a professional, handled herself with grace, and you immediately knew who really ran things. Her sense of style, her humor, and her sweet laugh made you instantly understand why Bill loved her, although we wondered what she saw in Bill- she set the bar, that was obvious.

We’ve sat here today very patiently and quietly as Bill and his family attempt to come to terms with such a tradgedy to share this story, and in every minute since, we’ve reflected on just how important family is to our sanity, security, and our all around well-being. I’ll share with you Bill’s last words in his email as I close…

I hope you guys both live to be healthy, a hundred and ten, and die at the same second so you are never without each other.

Again, Bill worrying about us, when it is us who worry and pray for him.

I will update here at Ag with news of the arrangements for the funeral, and family wishes as we get them. Currently Bill is resting at home with his brother-in-law Benn, as his family will begin arriving tomorrow.

We ask at this time for everyone to pray for Bill and Sheila and we send the Lublins our love.

**UPDATE** funeral arrangements and details can be found by clicking here.

Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network for tech and entrepreneurs, proudly celebrating 10 years in publishing, recently ranked as the #5 startup in Austin. Before founding AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation and also acquired several other firms. His resume prior includes roles at Apple and Kroger Foods, specializing in marketing, communications, and technology integration. He is a recipient of the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), has built partnerships and bridges between tech recruiters and the best tech talent in the industry, and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular monthly networking events. Benn does not venture into the spotlight often, rather believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits, develops, and gives all credit to those he's empowered.

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132 Comments

  1. Ginger Wilcox

    August 5, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    I am very saddened by the loss of Sheila. My heart goes out to Bill and the Lublin family. I feel very fortunate that I not only had the opportunity to meet Sheila, but also to spend quite a bit of time getting to know her at connect. She was clearly a loving wife, mother and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you Bill.

  2. Jack

    August 5, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    My thoughts are with them both

  3. Jeremy Hart

    August 5, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    The comfort of others doesn’t cease pain, but eases the burden. Prayers, Bill.

  4. NikNik

    August 5, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about this. The parting of a clearly destined team in life just makes my heart hurt. You’re in my prayers Bill.

  5. Jamie Geiger

    August 5, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    God Bless Bill and his family-there are no words

  6. Jay Thompson

    August 5, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    I don’t have the vocabulary to express what I’m feeling.

    It was an honor and a pleasure to meet both Bill and Sheila at Connect. It was immediately evident that they adored each other. She was a super nice lady.

    I am so, so sorry Bill. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. If there is anything, anything I can do, please don’t hesitate to ask.

  7. BawldGuy Talking

    August 5, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Nothing helps when this happens, accept spiritual faith and the presence, both real and in spirit, of those who care and hurt for Bill and his family. Our hearts are broken for Bill, because as most of us are no doubt doing, we’re trying to imagine a life without our other half — and failing miserably. I often joke about living in Paradise, but truth be known, Paradise is wherever she is.

    Let’s all ensure Bill realizes the depth of feeling we harbor for him. It’s all we can offer along with our prayers. Bill needs all the support we can muster. Be there for him, however you can.

    You’re in our prayers, Bill. I pray the Lord’s strength and mercy be with you and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  8. Bob Stewart

    August 5, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Bill,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I would guess that nothing anyone says will ease the pain you are feeling at the loss of your wife. Your love for her was obvious when I had the pleasure of meeting the two of you in San Francisco. My thoughts and prayers are truly with you.

  9. Todd Carpenter

    August 5, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Bill, it was so very nice to meet you and Sheila. My thoughts are with you.

  10. Heather Elias

    August 5, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Bill..I’m so sorry…anyone who ever saw you two together could see how much love was there.. thinking of you.. Keeping you and yours in my prayers…

  11. Derek Overbey

    August 5, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    I am shocked by this news. Having met Bill and Sheila for the first time in San Francisco just two weeks ago I am in disbelief that Sheila is gone. My heart goes out to Bill and his family in this most difficult of times. Just know that a large number of people out here that are thinking about you and praying for you.

  12. Nick Bastian

    August 5, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    So sorry to hear of this tragic loss. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you and to your family.

  13. Linsey Planeta

    August 5, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    I had a friend that lost her husband very suddenly. She shared with me the following words that someone gave to her; she found comfort in them:

    ‘If you never stop loving the one you lose, you never lose the one you love.’

    I can’t imagine the loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you. I’m so sorry.

  14. The Harriman Team

    August 5, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Bill, though we have never met, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.

  15. Chris Shouse

    August 5, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Bill my thoughts and prayers are with you. When we find true love in our lives we are so blessed and while you may not feel it right now you will have years of wonderful memories to draw upon in the days ahead.

  16. Rob Hahn

    August 5, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    This is truly shocking news. I just met both Bill and Sheila at RE Bar Camp, and it was a real highlight of my first foray into RE.net. Both of them were so generous with their time, so kind, and it was obvious that they were very much in love. I can only hope that my own marriage will be as strong as theirs obviously was after 34 years.

    Bill, I cannot find the words. It was an honor and a pleasure to have had the chance to meet Sheila. I am only sorry that I could not get to know her better.

    My prayer are with you and your family, with confidence that Sheila will carry them herself to our Father’s ear.

    -rsh

  17. bryan penman

    August 5, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    bill our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time… this news comes as a complete shock to me as i am sure it does to you as well. Although i only knew sheila a short time her compassion for people exuded in everything that she did, she was an amazing women and one that i will truly miss… if there is anything that we can do you know how to find us…

  18. Dale Chumbley

    August 5, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Bill, my deepest condolences are with you. As I’ve read this I can’t help but shed a tear for your loss. I can’t even comprehend what you are going through. I pray that you will have the comfort and peace that surpasses all understanding during this intensely emotional time. Praying for you and your family!

  19. Candace Robinson

    August 5, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    May you be comforted at this very difficult time Bill, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss of your lover, friend and partner. May you be blessed in the coming days ahead. Gently on my mind, Candace

  20. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    August 5, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Bill, you are so right when you say that Sheila has a positive impact on everything she touches. We bonded over making fun of you (to your face), talking about style, travel, our favorite curse words, and of course about being married to men like you two. She is an amazingly graceful woman that leaves behind a legacy of love, fun and half of a never ending duo. May you find comfort in your faith, your online family will be here sending love and praying for you and for Sheila’s grace into God’s kingdom.

    We love you two dearly.

  21. Michael Price

    August 5, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    I stopped mid way through reading the post and said a prayer. It’s all I have, the words just won’t come to me right now but know that I am thinking of you and Hal. May God’s grace and favor comfort you both.

  22. Sherry Baker

    August 5, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Along will many others, my thoughts are prayers are will you and your family, Bill.

  23. Russell Shaw

    August 5, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    There is never really a good time to lose someone you love – especially when it is someone your life is built around. Reading this made me cry. Bill, I am so sorry for your loss.

  24. Jonathan Dalton

    August 6, 2008 at 12:11 am

    It was an honor to have met both of you in San Francisco, Bill.

    May you be comforted with all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

    – Jonathan

  25. Matt Heaton

    August 6, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Reading that post was absolutely heart breaking, I could not imagine going through that experience. Such a tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with Bill tonight.

  26. Brad Coy

    August 6, 2008 at 1:09 am

    A great pleasure to meet you both recently Bill. I distinctly remember feeling like our meeting was short lived and I did not take the opportunity to share a little bit more with you both. I am so very, very saddened to hear this news after coming home this evening. My heartfelt thoughts are with you and your family. May you all be surrounded by love and understanding during this time of grieving. Please reach out if there is anything if I or anyone else in this community can do to support you right now.

  27. Boomer Jack Boardman

    August 6, 2008 at 1:15 am

    Bill,
    My deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to you and yours.

  28. Vicki Moore

    August 6, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Where to begin…Sheila became my loving and protective mother at Inman – my Jewish mother as she called herself. It was a position she volunteered for, saying she wouldn’t let me out of her sight. She instantly took me under her wing to watch over me. It was care and concern that I could feel emanating from her and enveloping me.

    Sheila’s warmth and love could be seen in her eyes and confirmed in her smile. She was an incredibly sweet and kind woman who loved and respected Bill tremendously. Her family gave her a huge sense of pride as did the successful business she and Bill built together. The most surprising thing about Sheila was her wickedly funny sense of humor that she loved to spring out of nowhere. Although she was in many of our lives briefly she made a loving impact never to be forgotten.

    Bill, may God be with you and your family during this most difficult time.

  29. Poppy Dinsey

    August 6, 2008 at 3:11 am

    Bill, I am so sorry for your loss and send my deepest condolences. As the saying goes, there will be a time when all of the pieces will fit together and you will understand the reason for the pain.

    May the Omnipresent console you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

  30. Michelle DeRepentigny

    August 6, 2008 at 3:24 am

    My heart hurts for Bill and his son, my prayers will be that your faith eases you and comforts you. I am so sorry for your loss.

  31. Teresa Boardman

    August 6, 2008 at 3:57 am

    Bill, I am so sorry for your loss. I only met your wife briefly, and it was a pleasure. I hate the idea of just leaving a comment on your post but you will be in our prayers.

  32. Dustin

    August 6, 2008 at 4:10 am

    Bill, I’m so very sorry to hear about your loss. It’s wrong on so many levels. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  33. Charleston real estate blog

    August 6, 2008 at 4:51 am

    Bill, my deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Howard

  34. Matthew Rathbun

    August 6, 2008 at 4:52 am

    Bill, I am so very sorry for your loss. I know that you and she have an amazing relationship. When I met her, I could immediately tell that she was funny, warm and happy. I am sure that you had great adventures together.

    We’re praying that God’s peace be with you in this time. Of course if there is anything we can do, please let us know.

  35. Sarah Cooper

    August 6, 2008 at 4:57 am

    Many prayers for you and your family, Bill. I only met Sheila online but her warmth and caring were obvious to us all. She will be mourned, and missed. I’m wishing you comfort.

  36. Jim Duncan

    August 6, 2008 at 5:04 am

    Words do not begin to express the profound sadness I feel after reading this news. All I can offer is my thoughts and prayers and desire for you and your family to have the strength to make it through.

  37. John Lauber

    August 6, 2008 at 5:26 am

    I am so sorry for your loss Bill. While I hadn’t had the pleasure of meeting the both of you in person, you could see your strong bond together through our online conversations. My family’s prayers go out to you and yours.

  38. Chris Griffith

    August 6, 2008 at 5:27 am

    I was bless to have met your lovely wife in DC, Bill. What an honor to share a little bit of time with her. You will be in my thoughts.

  39. Matt Stigliano

    August 6, 2008 at 5:27 am

    Bill,

    My condolences to you and your family. Although we’ve never met, I feel I know you through the extended AG family. As someone who has dealt with Lupus (my step mother has it) I feel for you as I understand the constant struggle that goes with it.

    I hope you know that being part of this community has made you a part of many people’s “family” and I’m sure I speak for many when I say, if there’s anything we can do to help you through all of this, don’t hesitate to ask.

    I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Matt

  40. Dru Bloomfield

    August 6, 2008 at 5:28 am

    Sadness takes away my words. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  41. Broker Bryant

    August 6, 2008 at 5:30 am

    May God give you peace during this difficult time. You are in my prayers

  42. Lisa Sanderson

    August 6, 2008 at 5:30 am

    I am very sad for your loss. May your memories bring you peace and may the love you share live in your heart forever.

  43. Candy Lynn

    August 6, 2008 at 5:38 am

    Bill:
    I am sadden by your loss. You are in my thoughts. Remember the good times, remember the bad but most of all remember the joy & laughter.

  44. Matt Kelly

    August 6, 2008 at 5:56 am

    I am terribly saddend by your loss. My prayers and thoughts will be with your family.

  45. Teri Lussier

    August 6, 2008 at 6:05 am

    Bill-
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  46. Sarah Stelmok, C21 New Millennium

    August 6, 2008 at 6:14 am

    I am in complete shock as most of us are. I just want to say that I am a better person for having met Sheila. I sat beside her for several hours at the NAR Mid-Year Tweet-up. We had a wonderful time. I felt like I had met a kindred spirit. She will be sorely missed. Bill, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers and in my heart.

  47. Holli Boyd

    August 6, 2008 at 6:19 am

    I am very sorry for your loss – it sounds like Sheila was a wonderful woman who made a huge impression on everyone she met. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and today I will remember to tell everyone I know that I love them and I appreciate all they do for me.

  48. Rocky

    August 6, 2008 at 6:22 am

    Bill

    You and your family are in my prayers.

  49. Glenn fm Naples

    August 6, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Bill – so sorry hear of your loss. My sympathies, prayers, and condolences are with you and your at family at this time.

  50. monika

    August 6, 2008 at 6:29 am

    Oh my god how horrible. Bill and family you have our hugs and well wishes. I am so sorry that you are going through such a terrible tragedy.

  51. Kim Wood

    August 6, 2008 at 6:57 am

    My heart aches…. the love between Bill & Shelia was evident.

    Bill, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, and I’m so thankful I got to spend some time with the love of your life!

  52. Ben Martin, Va Assn of REALTORS

    August 6, 2008 at 7:03 am

    I feel so fortunate to have met Sheila in DC back in the spring. Y’all made a good pair. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  53. Mike Mueller

    August 6, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Bill – I’m so very sorry to hear the news. So very sorry. I can’t come up with the right words right now. Just tears. I’m so very sorry.

  54. ines

    August 6, 2008 at 7:07 am

    I don’t even know what to say, I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes in total shock. Bill, my heart goes out to you and your family….I am very sorry to hear about Sheila and I will be praying for you and your family.

  55. Kristal Kraft

    August 6, 2008 at 7:10 am

    Bill and Family, I am shocked and saddened beyond words. Please accept my deepest sympathy for the lost of your beloved Sheila. You two were a wonderful match. I could see she loved you very much and you her. Hugs for you.
    kk

  56. Mack in Atlanta

    August 6, 2008 at 7:13 am

    Bill, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and you family. May God Bless.

  57. Mariana

    August 6, 2008 at 7:18 am

    I cannot even imagine losing someone who is such a part of who you are. When you are lucky to have married your best friend, where does one person stop and the other begin? Our prayers are with you. I am so sorry.

  58. Frances Flynn Thorsen

    August 6, 2008 at 7:31 am

    I am so sorry. I extend heartfelt condolences to Bill and his family and friends. Thirty four years is time to collect a lifetime of happy memories. I will remember you in my prayers this week.

  59. Daniel Rothamel, The Real Estate Zebra

    August 6, 2008 at 8:09 am

    This is devastating. I don’t even know what to say. I am glad that I was able to meet Sheila in San Franciso, and that I was able to experience the happiness that she and Bill shared.

    Kari and I will keep the entire Lublin family in our prayers.

  60. Matt Wilkins

    August 6, 2008 at 8:10 am

    I went to bed just before this article was posted so waking up this morning to the news made me take a double-take. Losing your soulmate especially after many years is probably one of the hardest things to face. I also will have Bill and his entire family in my thoughts and prayers.

  61. Drew Fristoe

    August 6, 2008 at 8:13 am

    I met Sheila at Mid-year and sat accross from she and Bill for a few hours. She is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. Her smile, laugh, up lifting words (and blunt words 😉 ), she will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Bill and his family.

  62. Chris Buonopane

    August 6, 2008 at 8:20 am

    We just learned of this sad news today. I just spoke to Sheila right before she was going to California and she was very happy. It is very hard to believe anything could have slowed her down. Our prayers are with the Lublin family and their extended family at C-21 Advantage Gold. Sheila epitomized class and it was an honor to work with her.

  63. Dan Connolly

    August 6, 2008 at 8:22 am

    I haven’t been involved with this community for very long, but I already feel like I know Bill and have heard of his deep love for his wife. Having had sudden terrible losses in my life, I know there is little anyone can say that will help much, but just know that my prayers are with you, Bill!

  64. rudy@Trulia.com

    August 6, 2008 at 8:23 am

    in total shock. My prayers go out to you and your family. Please accept my condoleces.

    I was manning the door 2 weeks ago at rebarcamp and talking to a couple of people when this glowing couple walks in. It was bill and shelia. I had never met them before but did read bill before. Almost immediatly, I said to myself, they are special. The banter and playfulness between them was magical.

    I’m sure the other people who were there, which I can’t remember who they were, also sensed this. I am so happy to have had a moment to meet shelia in person and to see their love shine.

  65. Kris Berg

    August 6, 2008 at 8:27 am

    There are no words. Bill, it was an honor to have met your wife, and I pray that your entire family will find strength in faith, comfort in each other, and time for healing.

  66. rudy@Trulia.com

    August 6, 2008 at 8:32 am

    … Yet am Deeply saddened for Bill and his famlies loss. If you ever need anything Bill, I’ll do my best to help you.

    …. with tears in my eyes….

    Rudy

  67. Christopher Zabka

    August 6, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Bill, we’ve never met, but I want to share this with you: “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). He is near, he has not forsaken you, he Loves you beyond comprehension, and his heart breaks with yours. I pray you know his presence and comfort today, just as you have offered your presence and your heart to those dear to you, even now.

  68. Jeff Turner

    August 6, 2008 at 9:31 am

    I had to send Bill a video message, because my written words weren’t cutting it. Bill… my heart breaks with yours and like everyone else on this page, I’m here for you if you need anything at all!!

  69. Bob

    August 6, 2008 at 9:35 am

    It broke my heart to read this. I am so sorry for your loss, Bill.

  70. Brad Nix

    August 6, 2008 at 9:37 am

    I can’t imagine the pain you must feel Bill. I offer my love, thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  71. Chris Hyde

    August 6, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Bill, I am so sorry! What can one say at a time like this that is of any worth? Please know that all of us are hurting with you and praying for you.

  72. Bob @ Sibdu

    August 6, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Except to say I’m so sorry, I’m at a total loss for words. They are in my thoughts and prayers.

  73. Jeanne Breault

    August 6, 2008 at 9:49 am

    I don’t know Bill and Sheila personally – in fact, had never heard of them until today via a tweet. Yet I have an aching in my heart for Bill and Benn, who so immediately and intimately shared his pain. It reminds me of my online introduction to Lani and Benn through the renet when Lani’s brother died.

    So much good comes out of our ability to connect online. People we don’t know, who are important to people that we only know online, become important to us. The almost-unexplainable closeness we begin to feel with those we follow on blogs, twitter, facebook, etc. comes as we begin to know and share their joys and pains, successes and failures, likes and dislikes.

    I have come to care in a very real way about people I have never met. Because of a tweet and a blog post, one of those people is now Bill Lubin.

    I hope Bill knows how many people are supporting him quietly, in the background, with thoughts and prayers of love and support. I am one of them, one who is making that invisible support known. I know there are many more that remain invisible.

    Bill, many unknown folks (including me) are caring about and praying for you. No words can lift your pain, but hopefully you can feel some small comfort in the strength and love we’re sending your way as you grieve the loss of the love of your life.

  74. Paula Henry

    August 6, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Bill – Words can never say what my heart feels. My heart aches for you and your loss. May God surround you with peace and comfort. Along with all your friends here, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless you, Bill, during this time………….

  75. JeffX

    August 6, 2008 at 10:06 am

    My sincerest and heartfelt condolences…

  76. Robert D. Ashby

    August 6, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Add my name to the list of those praying for Bill and the family.

  77. Toby & Sadie

    August 6, 2008 at 10:18 am

    You are in our prayers for peace during this challenging time. Remember the good times and God will comfort your through the tough.

  78. Rich Jacobson

    August 6, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Bill: Nothing ever prepares us for the eventuality of our mortality, especially when it occurs suddenly and unexpectedly. We all are deeply grieved and saddened at Sheila’s passing. May God sustain you in the days ahead in ways that only He can. Our prayers and thoughts are with you always…..

  79. Andy Kaufman

    August 6, 2008 at 10:30 am

    In shock and amazingly saddened by this news.

    BIll- My heart aches for you and the rest of your family. Thoughts of peace and love heading your way…

  80. Kelley Koehler

    August 6, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Meeting you both was a moment that I can still recall in great detail, there was such an impression made. I am honored to have done so.

    May the Lord comfort you with all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

  81. Cyndee Haydon

    August 6, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Bill – I’m so sorry for your loss – words can’t express…

  82. Mark Eckenrode

    August 6, 2008 at 10:35 am

    bill, learning of this truly hurts my heart. my wish for you is peace and light.

  83. Mark Lesswing

    August 6, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Bill. our thoughts and prayers are with you now.

  84. Chris Wajda

    August 6, 2008 at 10:51 am

    No more will your sun set, nor your moon be darkened, for God will be an eternal light for you, and your days of mourning shall end.
    (Isaiah 60:20)

    You and your family in our prayers.

  85. Rhonda Porter

    August 6, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Bill, my prayers are with you and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  86. Danilo Bogdanovic

    August 6, 2008 at 11:13 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  87. Jay McGillicuddy

    August 6, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Bill, we can’t believe this has happened and we are fortunate to have met Sheila in DC back in May. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God Bless you all.

  88. Robert Luna

    August 6, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Bill, our thought and prayers are with you my freind “God Bless you and your Family” my family will be lighting a candle in church tonight.

  89. Norm Fisher

    August 6, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Bill, so sorry to hear this news. Thinking of you and your family today. God bless.

  90. Mike Mueller

    August 6, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    I just wanted to come back and share a priceless moment in time I had with Bill.

    https://seesmic.com/video/Lpll1QaA5d

  91. Colleen

    August 6, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Bill your’s and Sheila’s love is one to be admired by us all. I can’t begin to express my sadness for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Hal and Jen.
    Col

  92. Jeff Bogert

    August 6, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Bill there are no words… Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  93. Eric Blackwell

    August 6, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Bill-

    My heart aches for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Best;

    Eric

  94. Holly White

    August 6, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Bill, I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. God be with you and your family. My prayer for you is that you may have peace and understanding in this overwhelming time of sorrow.

  95. Bruce Stranix

    August 6, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Bill, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.

  96. Barry Cunningham

    August 6, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Bill, my deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May our prayers bring you comfort.

  97. Walt Minogue

    August 6, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    I’m very saddened to learn of Sheila’s death. I have 2 close friends who lost their spouses at a young age. I saw first hand the pain they experienced. I know there is nothing anyone can say. Please know that my prayers are with you and your family.

  98. Joe Keller

    August 6, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Bill and Family, I am so sorry to hear of you loss. I know how much love you had for one another. Sheila will truly be missed. You and yours will be in my prayers.

  99. Anne Matyjasik

    August 6, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Bill, I am saddened by your loss. It was a pleasure to spend fun times with you and Sheila in Chicago. I was honored. My prayers are with you and your family.

  100. cliff niersbach

    August 6, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    What a perfectly gracious lady. What a perfectly matched couple.what a terrible loss for Bill, his family, and all of us.

  101. Kim Schreiner

    August 6, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Bill and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  102. Frank Jacovini

    August 6, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Bill: I can not express the sorrow I feel in my heart today for you and your family. I’ll pray for you and hope the Lord gives you strength. I’ll hug my wife a little tighter tonight in tribute to Sheila.
    I am so sorry my friend.

  103. Ken in Chicago

    August 6, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Bill, I am sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.

  104. Nick Bostic

    August 6, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this devastating news. Bill, I had just met you two and felt an immediate trust and envy in how happy you both were together. Having just lost my dad suddenly as well, if you ever want to talk, I am especially receptive right now.

  105. Nickie Rothwell

    August 6, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Bill, I am so very sorry for your loss.

    My thoughts are with you and your family and sending you peace at this painful time.

    I wish we could do more.

  106. Brad Nix

    August 6, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    If you would like to donate money to purchase food for Bill’s family to alleviate their need to worry about meals during this time, then please donate at

  107. Brad Nix

    August 6, 2008 at 5:13 pm

  108. Brad Nix

    August 6, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    The bar has been raised and any donations not going towards food will be given to the American Cancer Society. Can AG raise $1500 in a few days? Donate now: https://bradnix.chipin.com/support-bill-lublin

  109. Todd Adair

    August 6, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Bill, I’m really sorry to hear this……just reading this I can tell she was an amazing person
    Thoughts and prayers are with you!

  110. Missy Caulk

    August 6, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Bill, I am so sorry, what a lovely, beautiful woman. I am so happy I got to meet her at Inman. Prayers for you during this difficult time. God bless.

  111. Jennifer in Louisville

    August 6, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    My condolences. Its always hard to lose someone you care about. Keep your chin up.

  112. Bob and Lori Gallagher

    August 7, 2008 at 6:39 am

    Bill and family,
    Our heartfelt condolences. The Eagles box will not be the same without Sheila’s gracious hospitality. We know she completed your life the way she completed your halloween costume themes – with fun and style. We hope remembering the good times help get you through this difficult time.

  113. Thomas Johnson

    August 7, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Bill, Linda and I would like to express our condolences. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  114. Ann Cummings

    August 14, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Hi Bill – I’ve not met you or your wife, but several of our mutual friends directed me to this post because they know that I am dealing with this same kind of loss as well. My significant other of 17 years very suddenly passed away in June, on Father’s Day, and he had had a brain aneurysm as well.

    The grief, the loss, the overwhelming since of helplessness and the pain that comes with all that is just too much to bear at times for me, and I have to think you’re dealing with the same thing. I manage to make it through each day and each night because of family and friends all caring and sharing in the pain and loss of someone I cared so much about. I know you have a loving family and many friends, as evidenced by all these loving and heartfelt comments – they will help you get through this awful pain and emptiness. Let people help you – they want to and they need to, and you need them to as well.

    In reading each of these comments, I can tell you have many years of wonderful memories with Sheila. Cherish those and let them comfort you and help you deal with all you’re dealing with.

    I’m walking in the same shoes you are, and it just plain flat hurts like hell. But keep walking, one foot in front of the other, as I am. I have faith that one day, some day, things will be better, for each of us, than they are right now.

    I am so very sorry to hear about your loss.
    Ann

  115. Jim Gatos

    August 31, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    A little late in saying so, my deepest sympathies..

  116. Jonathan Phan

    March 9, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Sorry to hear the news.

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(REALUOSO.COM) – Let us first express that although we are completely biased about Texas (we’re headquartered here, I personally grew up here), the data is not – Texas is the best. That’s a scientific fact. There’s a running joke in Austin that if there is a list of “best places to [anything],” we’re on it, and the joke causes eye rolls instead of humility (we’re sore winners and sore losers in this town).

That said, SelfStorage.com dug into the data and determined that the top 12 places to buy a home are currently Texas and North Carolina (and Portland, I guess you’re okay too or whatever).

They examined the nerdiest of numbers from the compound annual growth rate in inflation-adjusted GDP to cost premium, affordability, taxes, job growth, and housing availability.

“Buying a house is a big decision and a big commitment,” the company notes. “Although U.S. home prices have risen in the long term, the last decade has shown that path is sometimes full of twists, turns, dizzying heights and steep, abrupt falls. Today, home prices are stabilizing and increasing in most areas of the U.S.”

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(REALUOSO.COM) – In a survey from the Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey (AHS), the median age of homes in the United States was 35 years old. In Texas, homes are a bit younger with the median age between 19 – 29 years. The northeast has the oldest homes, with the median age between 50 – 61 years. In 1985, the median age of a home was only 23 years.

With more houses around 40 years old, the National Association of Realtors asserts that homeowners will have to undertake remodeling and renovation projects before selling unless the home is sold as-is, in which case the buyer will be responsible to update their new residence. Even homeowners who aren’t selling will need to consider remodeling for structural and aesthetic reasons.

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Newer homes cost more than they used to. The price differential between new homes and older homes has increased from 10 percent traditionally to around 37 percent in 2014. This is due to rising construction costs, scarcity of lots, and a low inventory of new homes that doesn’t meet the demand.

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(REALUOSO.COM) – Corporate warfare demands headlines in every industry, but in the real estate tech sector, a storm has been brewing for years, which in the last year has come to a head. Zillow Group and Move, Inc. (which is owned by News Corp. and operates ListHub, Realtor.com, TopProducer, and other brands) have been competing for a decade now, and the race has appeared to be an aggressive yet polite boxing match. Last year, the gloves came off, and now, they’ve drawn swords and appear to want blood.

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