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I can’t believe Bill Bailey is gone. In my 28 years covering the insurance business, I don’t recall anyone with more energy, enthusiasm and good humor (often bitingly self-deprecating) when it came to defending all the good this industry does for society–particularly when clients have their lives devastated by natural disasters. Yet gone Bill is, having passed away at 68 after a bout with cancer. This “master of disaster,” as I used to teasingly greet him, will certainly be missed by an industry that needs all the warriors it can find to defend its beleaguered reputation.

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