"He had the most magnificent voice you ever heard, with his great Hawick twang. He was such an expert because he did so much homework. He researched the game more than anyone I can think of."
"He was obviously a very professional commentator, but he had a deep, deep love for the game at all levels."
"He taught me at school, and he just had a manner that we all liked. He was a great teacher and a very, very nice man."
"What he did for rugby is impossible to quantify. He was the Voice of Rugby, and it was a beautiful voice as well.
He didn't do favourites. He shared his friendship equally. That says it all about him."
"He was an absolute gentleman. He was scrupulously fair even when he was commentating on games where he had family involved."
"It is down to Bill that I am called Kenny. He changed my name! I was always known as Kenneth until the first time I appeared in a televised match and he referred to me as 'wee Kenny Logan'."
"The memory that stands out most was in the build up to a Scotland versus Romania match. A Romanian player was introduced to Bill and immediately burst into tears. He explained his emotions by revealing BBC rugby videos had been smuggled to him in Bucharest when Romania was in the Eastern Bloc."
"Bill didn't just have a massive impact because of rugby. It was also because of his knowledge and understanding of people."
"When I was growing up, he was the guy you heard and you recognised instantly. He was unparalleled."
"I had to pinch myself when I played in games he commentated on. I don't think there'll be anybody like him again and he will be missed."
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