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June 16, 2015
It's been 6 years and I miss you every day. I will be honoring you in my gallery this summer by hanging the "Tattoo Stigmata" piece I got from you along with some of your writing and editorial contributions regarding the work of other photographers. I will carry your legacy to my last breath! You are truly a one-of-a-kind treasure.
December 10, 2013
Tonight I went searching for Bill as my son is taking a photo class in santa Cruz under a professor who studied at UCONN- I took history of photography with Bill in the mid 80's and it is one of my fondest & lasting memories of being at UCONN...I especially loved his references to his " dear partner in life" which left a lasting impression on me- he was an inspiration -
February 19, 2013
Sorry to hear this so late. He was one of my favorite professors at Uconn.
February 18, 2011
Thinking of you always. Nev
February 09, 2010
I visited my Mom yesterday and saw a sketch I made when I was a student of Mr. Parker's back in the early 1970's at UConn. So I looked him up online this morning to see what he was up to and learned of his passing. Mr. Parker was a fine teacher. I was excited to see and hear him again five years later when I was a student in Rochester, NY and attended his lecture at the Eastman. Although I never studied art or photography very seriously, I was surprised that he remembered me. I was always so impressed by his enthusiasm and dedication, more so than by most other undergrad or grad school professors, or many of my colleagues today in New Haven. Somewhere I still have a sketch that he made that I embarassed him by asking him to sign. I will dig it out tonight and think of him again. Thanks again Mr. Parker for your fine example of a life well lived and a career well spent.
January 30, 2010
I am so sorry to learn that the great Bill Parker passed away. My sympathy to his entire family.

Mr. Parker's personality was so vivid, I remember (with great enjoyment) each class I had with him. His encouragement convinced me to switch out of liberal arts. I earned a degree in painting and met my future husband. So, it would not be stretching the truth to say that Bill Parker changed the course of my life.

You have my prayers and condolences. I am honored to have the opportunity to thank him one last time.
January 13, 2010
I'm so sorry for your loss. I was a student of Bill Parker's at UCONN in the mid 80s. He was the kind of teacher that would pull you aside and help you with your studies. I am very grateful to have been his student.
November 23, 2009
I'm so sorry to hear about the death of Billy Sahib, who I loved!

Point One: Billy encouraged me when I was really stuck on my honors thesis and told me exactly what to do. I finished it because he said, "Johnny, your mind is FERtile, but you must order it!" in his office one day. He told me exactly what might work, and it did.
Point Two: Billy made it clear that professors could potentially be the coolest people on the planet, that "academic manners" were the self-protection of the weak. He wore a tee-shirt that said "Street Therapist," and when I saw that picture I knew I was one. He made it clear that you should, if given a chance, perform with a jazz band, even if you did not know how to spell the word "melody."
Point Three: Billy married Tim and made Nevil. Without Nevil, I'd not have met Billy or Tim. Good thing to multiply.
Point Four: Sarvamangalam!
November 09, 2009
Good-bye Billy. Thank you for being my art teacher, and for teaching me how to write--something my writing teachers failed to do. I am sad to hear of your passing. Best wishes to your family.
November 04, 2009
I am so sorry to hear that Bill is gone. Gone but not, ever, ever forgotten. As a student of his at UCONN I received probably the best photo history education around. His teaching transcended the subject and I treasure my experience and memories of being in his classroom.

Thank you Bill for giving my life more "plentitude" and for all the "units of consciousness" you imparted. Your generosity, your bright spirit and huge heart will never be lost . . . sparkle in the sky at night - brilliant keeper of the light - Bill is up there walking free - seeking "synchronicity"

Respect, gratitude and love to you Bill!

Sympathy to Tim and Nevil
October 20, 2009
My condolences to the Parker family on the passing of Bill Parker. I was his student at UCONN in the mid 80's and I can still here his voice teaching me about art history. He had an amazing spirit that continues to touch my life.
-Laurel Pelton Pepin
October 12, 2009
Tim and Nevil, I am so very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He has changed my life and showed me how to muster the courage to be me. I pass on his wisdom to my students every day; I hear his voice and his laugh in all that I do. Thanks for sharing him.
October 04, 2009
Writing this has been one of the most difficult things I have had to do, certainly in recent times. I concur with the many people who described Billy as "larger than life." This is a phrase I had immediately thought of to try, in some way, to capture this man who had the capacity to envelop one in his enthusiasm for life, for to be with Billy was like being at a nonstop celebration.

I first met Billy and Tim through my partner, Richard, who had served in the Intelligence Corps with Billy when they were in the army in Texas. Richard always said that it was the greatest oxymoron since Billy and Richard had already read the confidential reports that passed before them in the New York Times the week before. Richard spoke often of Bill and Tim and of his days off when he would pass the time sitting with Tim, who had just given birth to Nevil, and it was always with an affection that time could not diminish.

When I visited Tim and Bill for the first time in their home in Connecticut, I was apprehensive about joining a friendship that had transcended so much time. It took about three seconds to be welcomed into the circle of warmth and love that Tim and Billy exuded. That first meeting we were up until three in the morning before we realized how the time had flown. Richard and Tim spent much of it discussing literature while Billy showed me his work and his home studio, and we discussed his incredible art and so many aspects of art history. The brilliance that was Bill Parker shown brightly that night, as it did on every other occasion when we were together.

Billy was so knowledgeable, so talented and innovative, so capable of creating artistically and in every other way. Whether with a camera, a paint brush, or a tool, whatever he set his mind to do, he did with perfection. There are so many wonderful memories that I have of this incredible human being, that I cannot share them all.

One memory that I do have is of being with the Parkers around Christmas time and seeing Billy create fantastic three-dimensional paper Santa Clauses that could stand on a table and which he shared with those for whom he was a mentor.

His perfection extended to every aspect of his life. Never would you see Billy not impeccably turned out, thanks to the hours of Tim's ironing so that every crease was sharp and perfect and every shirt like new. Billy relied heavily on Tim and the love that they shared for each other and for Nevil is something remarkable.

I will always remember when Richard died and I spoke with Tim and then Billy and the comfort they provided me. Of all those with whom I spoke after Richard's death, they were the only ones driven to tears --- so great was the friendship and love that existed among them. I was lucky enough to share in that love, and although time and distance may interfere, it will never diminish, nor will my affection for them. I believe that I am indeed blessed to have known Billy and to have shared in our conversations and experiences.

One always learned from Billy who was a master of creativity, but also a purveyor of infinite knowledge and wisdom, a champion of the English language spoken correctly, a mentor, a teacher, and a guide who allowed you to grow beyond yourself.

I am saddened beyond words that this dear friend and I will no longer share such times. I can only imagine how difficult it is for Tim and Nevil to lose a husband and father. However, I hope that they, as I, will be sustained by the incredible memories of so gifted and loving a man.

I extend my heartfelt condolences to Tim and Nevil on their loss.
September 24, 2009
I was very saddened to hear of Bill's passing and my condolences go out to his family. "Wild Bill" Parker had a tremendous influence on my work, more than can be put down in a few sentences. He was the best teacher I ever had, a mentor is how I thought of him - In my own teaching I tried to emulate the compassion, care and interest he showed me. He was a gifted man, I will never forget him and his generousity.
Drex Brooks
September 22, 2009
I am very sorry to learn that Billy Parker is no longer with us. In the 70s and 80s especially we spent a lot of time together. I found him a hilarious and brilliant man and artist. I acted in school plays with him and directed him (he once played the devil for me driving a busload of sinners to hell, as well as Ralph Waldo Emerson, which was one of the strangest pieces of casting ever, given his accent). He might very well have been the most intellectually stimulating man I have ever known. God bless you, Billy.

Tom Dulack
September 22, 2009
I am very sorry to learn that Billy Parker is no longer with us. In the 70s and 80s especially we spent a lot of time together. I found him a hilarious and brilliant man and artist. I acted in school plays with him and directed him (he once played the devil for me driving a busload of sinners to hell, as well as Ralph Waldo Emerson, which was one of the strangest pieces of casting ever, given his accent). He might very well have been the most intellectually stimulating man I have ever known. God bless you, Billy.

Tom Dulack
September 22, 2009
Dear Bill,

Thank you so much for the enthusiasm and knowledge you shared with me about my art work over the years. You were very instrumental in the development of my career as an artist.
I will miss our conversations !

George Blakely
September 11, 2009
Bill and I were serving as trustees of the Society for Photographic Education and attending its conference in 1980 (I think) when it strikes him that the organization should have a proper set of by-laws. He volunteered to produce a draft. The following day, at a plenary meeting, the board sat in grateful and stunned acceptance of Bill’s scrupulously polished, masterfully crafted governing document.

I remember thinking that offering to take on such irksome drudgery was an act of surpassing generosity. But since Bill must have been aware of his own exceptional wealth of intellectual capacity (not to mention typing skill) I wonder if these sorts of acts could also be remembered as a kind of philanthropy.
September 10, 2009
It is with tremendous sadness that I learned of Bill’s death. While I’m happy to think that his passing may have shortened a period in which he (and your family) may have suffered in many ways as his illness progressed, it is still a tremendous loss for all of us.

I first met Bill in 1978 when I was a first-year graduate student at RISD. I didn’t really know anything about him, and wandered one evening into a critique he was leading for the second-year grad students in Photography. They were looking at some Polaroids done by one of the students; they were difficult images for most to appreciate, since they were generated by the student’s interest in Zen. Apparently not many of the others were aware of the precepts of Zen, since they were giving the student something of a hard time. I think that Bill was more or less on the side of the group, but that didn’t stop me from offering (unasked) my own thoughts about why the images were appropriate and valuable, given the viewpoint of the author.

There was a hush as I started talking, and later I realized it was because few people ever felt comfortable openly disagreeing with Bill’s viewpoint. After I left, I later heard that Bill asked someone in the group, “Who was that??” and this was the beginning of a wonderful friendship, as they say.

When I first attended the Photo-iconography course he taught at RISD, I remember that he would typically begin a lecture by telling us what he was going to cover. But an hour or so later, I would frequently wonder if he had actually gotten from point a to point b and c, or if we were at that time into the realm of points x,y and z. One time he told a story that involved his waking up from a dream to find his cats staring at him in bed making a noise that he proceeded to imitate; I knew then that the man was either brilliant, crazy, or more likely a bit of each. Either way, he would teach his heart out (having already worked all day at UConn), and would then go out afterwards to eat with a bunch of us and continue to talk. Endless energy, endless enthusiasm, endless fascination with the world around him – endlessly inspiring qualities.

I can’t think of anyone from whom I have learned more, nor anyone who has challenged my thinking and stimulated more self-reflection and growth as an artist. After RISD I was fortunate enough to become Bill’s colleague at the University of Connecticut, where we would often have lunch, smoke a Salem or two, and talk about art. I will always treasure not only his profound knowledge, but his generous willingness to share it and his ability to convey his thoughts with such joy, such animation, such splendid use of language and imagery.

As well, I will also cherish his creativity, which was equally stimulating.

My thoughts and sympathies and condolences are with you and your family.
September 07, 2009
Aunt Tim & Nevil,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. I am so happy I got to speak with Uncle Billy not long ago and share with him the love my own children have for the arts. I'll always remember his wit, humor, and smile. We are thinking of you.
Monica Parker Esposito & Family
September 07, 2009
I don't exactly remember when I first met Bill. I think it was in the very early 70's when Bill gave a talk at GEH. I've known Bill and Tim since then. Over the years I attended his lectures at UConn and at other schools, worked on exhibits with him in the Hartford area and saw him at many SPE conferences, as well as at Visual Studies Workshop seminars. The last time I saw Bill and Tim was at a photo show in Hartford shortly before they moved to Florida. Siegfried Halus and Walter Rabetz were there as well. We all had a great time. Somewhere I have snap shots from that occasion.
I did get the chance to talk to Bill, Tim and Nevil occasionally after the move, but never got the chance to visit them. I, too, remember his extraordinary intellect, his wit, and his charm. I also remember those bear hugs.
A couple of fond memories: In 1977 I asked Alex Sweetman to give a lecture at The Hotchkiss School. We then went to the University of Hartford where Alex gave lecture on the relationships between Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Nathan Lyons. Of course we had invited Bill. What a wonderful conversation we had over a few beers later that evening. Another fond memory was in 1982 when I attended Bill's workshop at VSW. I remember that Bill applied Jungian theory to photographic seeing. I have enclosed a photo taken of Bill in front of a mandala he had drawn on the blackboard during that workshop. One highlight was an hour long lecture on "mooning" - apparently it goes back a couple thousand years. Don't ask me how we got on that subject. It was just another example of Bill's phenomenal storehouse of knowledge.
Tim and Nevil I'll see you in Connecticut this fall.
Be well.

Love from Bob and Sandy Haiko
September 07, 2009
Bill Parker was a large presence, an oracle behind the podium and a learned and generous friend.

Nearly thirty years ago, I was broke living in Tucson, working in a sandwhich shop, feeling like I was strking out. An order came in for a delivery and I was asked to bring the food to a local gallery. It was Billie who heard about my situation and called so that I would come over for one of our marathon conversations. I took the afternoon off and once again felt connected to a great community.
September 03, 2009
Knowing Bill Parker was a humbling experience. His intellectual capacity far exceeded the Joe Shmoe I would typically encounter and, of course, my own. I attempted to keep attention focused on Bill in order to conceal my own inadequacies but he caught on to this and managed to resurrect and draw from me a reservoir of ideas I didn't know I had. Bill could teach without being condescending or patronizing. In fact, he could (and would)attribute and infuse the simplest of statements with such extraordinary meaning that the speaker at once became brilliant beyond belief. Bill always recognized that everyone has value and something to contribute.
I met Bill Parker via Cherie Hiser and Alex Sweetman who knew of my book project on female to male transsexuals and thought Bill might have an interest in helping in it's creation.
We met in Boston over lunch to discuss the project and shortly thereafter, he volunteered to act as consulting editor pro bono. The attached photo was taken by Mariette Pathy Allen at the book party Diane Ellaborn and I hosted. A good bit of Bill's enthusiasm about the book and offer to help stemmed from the fact that it would be authored by a transsexual, one of the tribe, and not an outside voice. More then anything, Bill believed in authenticity. He believed that people need to understand and accept themselves on their own terms and unabashedly, proudly present their best selves to the world. He courageously lived his own beliefs; confident in his convictions, he passionately stood ground and as a true humanitarian, often gave voice to those unable or less inclined to defend themselves. We'd often banter back and forth about the injustices in the world until our voices were shrill and throats raw.
My father died some years ago from ALS.
As a mentor and friend, Bill Parker became a father figure for me and one of the few men I was privileged to know and love in my lifetime. My heart will ache from his absence but he has left me stronger and wiser with his influence. Rest in Peace & Comfort.
Tim, you know I love you too and will always be available. Nevil, please be in touch.
August 31, 2009
“Dear ones”- that’s how he always addressed us in his precious letters and each time we were again enveloped in his warm embrace. When you were hugged by Bill Parker, you knew you were being HUGGED. He never held back.

We first met some thirty years ago when Bonnie and I became “captives” of two of his Visual Studies summer seminars. Captives to the forces of his intellect and his personality. Captives to his intense necessity to share the workings of his wonderful mind. At the end of some very long days on some very hard chairs, our brains were so stimulated that they throbbed in pain. He was the world’s greatest story teller and his riffs on growing up in Neptune Beach, Florida always came at the time of the day when we couldn’t possible absorb one more word about androgynes, prolepsis in Renaissance painting or the Cartesian split,.

Of course, we remember best the times when he paid attention to our own budding artwork. In the kindest possible way, he made so many unexpected and astute connections to history, psychology, literature, optics, visual communications and pop culture that, many years later they still inform out thoughts and practice. He made us feel brilliant beyond all reason and gave us the confidence to go on with our life’s work.

The wonderful added bonus of the workshop was meeting Tim and Nevil, who also hung on his every word, beaming encouragement, even though they must have heard many of the stories time and again.

Bill, Tim and Nevil – you will be our “dear ones” forever.
August 31, 2009
My first personal one-on-one Bill Parker experience in the mid-seventies was, quite simply and emphatically, the high point of my life in art. Held captive in the back seat of our car all the way from Niagara Falls to Visual Studies Workshop, Bill allowed me to show him piles of trial and error artwork and research in progress. He responded with such overwhelming comprehension and he suggested readings tailored to my unlikely project with such exquisite precision that it would take me six more lifetimes to absorb it all.

The week before, I had driven my husband, John, to Bill’s ‘Mimesis’ workshop, planning to drop him off and drive back home. While I lingered at the classroom door, Bill, - almost hidden from view behind a quivering tower of books and slide trays - introduced the course with such astounding energy - his topics and insights multiplying and interconnecting with such stunning kaleidoscopic speed and irresistible intensity - that I signed up on the spot, sat down and did not budge all week.

Never, ever, will I forget Bill’s story of his visionary yoga experience– delivered with such powerful dramatic force that it left a number of students trembling. Into this extreme shocker Bill wove the most tenderly loving praise for Tim’s steady, enduring love and Nevil’s beauty and gift for poetry.

Throughout the eighties and nineties we loved to visit Tim and Bill and Nevil in New England, their home at once a cozy welcoming nest and a fascinating small museum and library - every shelf and corner of it cleaner than the dishes in our own house.

Neither of us have ever seen a ghost but we will keep our minds open and always hope for visits from Bill.
August 30, 2009
Bill was absolutely unique. A friend for almost half a century, it will be hard to accept his physical absence. But, his laugh, his words, his wildly singular being, in both professional and personal relations, will never be out of sight or sound. To say I will miss him is the most ineffective way to express my feelings. How a human being could extemporaneously make the leaps of penetrating analogies Bill did, is truly beyond explanation. An hour lecture, begun late, would have to end late and then later. There was never enough time for him to get the thoughts completed - before or after the in-person public or private event. Frustration was, unfortunately, often present. But the audience never left without endless new connections and questions. His obsessiveness brought all of us (and himself) emotions we cannot express. How he could contain all of his verbal and visual worlds will forever be a mystery. Speak on, Bill, speak on.
August 26, 2009
A true loss in this world, an inspired, gifted, extraordinary individual. Bill had the most profound impact on my graduate career. I was lucky to have him as my thesis advisor and to assist one of his classes at RISD. This man was a real gem and will be missed!
August 26, 2009
There is no one else like Bill Parker. I knew and loved him for forty years. Marilyn and I would often have dinner with Tim Ann and Bill at their house, at ours and at restaurants. Before they left for Florida, we started The Movie Bunch, a group that would see a film and then retire to a restaurant to discuss it. Bill always brought a complete course outline and supportive material for every one present on every possible aspect of the film. It was so characteristic of him to be more than thoroughly prepared.

Bill could talk and talk, and the conversation would often reach a fever pitch, especially when the subject had to do with fakes, villains, rednecks, right-wingers, bad art and bad writing. In Eastford, dinners would include many visits to his extensive library, and books would be spread on the table to illustrate and enlarge the discussion. These were heavy books! As the conversation progressed, his face would turn a deeper shade of red and the crescendo of his voice would rise until, finally, having satisfied himself in making his points, a smile and a calmness would emerge and then a gentle southern offer for more coffee and a cookie would be proffered. The evening would pass and much of the wrongdoings of the world would be exorcised - at least for the moment.

The passing of this charming, brilliant, witty, giving, supportive human being is a terrible loss. Family is the foundation and friends are the fences of our lives. Together they give us comfort, security and a sense of balance as we deal with all the challenges that life, the body and the mind, demand.

With Bill gone, there is a hole in my fence that is not reparable.

Goodbye Amigo
August 26, 2009
Bill was a dear, dear friend. He was charismatic, brilliant, creative, strong- minded, ebullient and sweet to his friends, His southern charm was a delight and made you feel special and important. Before Bill and Tim left for Florida, Walter and I spent many wonderful times with them - talking art, talking politics, talking movies, talking (and eating) food. We will always miss him, but on an important level - he is still with us.
August 25, 2009
I'll miss Bill's laugh, his quick wit and deep passion. His mind was always at work, and most of us were just smart enough to know he was thinking circles around us. I'll remember him as a gentleman with a sense of humor endowed with just the right amount of mischievousness. He enriched us and will be missed.

Mark Klett
August 25, 2009
Though deeply saddened by the death of Bill, I can't help but smile as I recall his larger than life expressions of joy and laughter. Probably the smartest man I ever met (a NY critic once descibed Bill to me as "the Man who knew too much," Bill spoke about photography, especially his own, with a vocabulary well beyond my two college degrees. I knew I loved his painted photographic portraits, and showed them without knowing their hidden meanings, but when Bill talked about the Green Man, my head started spinning.

He will be deeply missed.
Larry Miller
August 24, 2009
Robert and Steve Niehaus grew up with
Billy and Dan Parker. They had a great
time growing up and have stayed good friends all of their lives. We loved Billy and will miss him.
August 24, 2009
Tim-Ann and Nev,

I'm so saddened by this news. Billy was an incredibly vital, unique and heartful person, and one of very few I think of as mentors.

I have so many fond memories: Bill's intense, fervent passion for photography, art and the image, his inspiring and galvanizing presence as a teacher, and his hilarious turns at "musicales" at Minnesota Road, imitating Peri Wilson. "Salome was a dancer...."

Bill's inimitable spirit will live on in my memory and my heart. I'm so glad to have known Bill. His intensity in life is a great inspiration. My sympathies to you, and my love.

August 24, 2009
Dear Tim,Nevil and all family and friends
I send my condolences to you all in memory of a truly inspirational and influential artist and thinker.
Sincerely, Bobby Alter
August 24, 2009
News of Bill's passing brings sadness, yet overlaid with the characteristic, delightful spark, humor, intelligence and spirit that he shared with all who were fortunate enough to cross his path. Like some others, it has been at least thirty years since I saw Bill, but my time with him as a student when he visited at VSW in Rochester, at UConn, and on other occasions, seems ever present. Bill's incredible generosity and enthusiasm as a mentor, and his fearless historical scholarship and interpretation of photography are unmatched in example. I shared memories of Bill with my wife last night, as we viewed all of Rome from its highest hill as the Eternal City was cast in a calm, beautiful light, between storm clouds to the east, and behind us in the west, a clear sky and setting sun.
August 22, 2009
Bill was doubtless the most vibrant person I ever knew. So much so, that when I cast him as Thomas Wolfe's flamboyant father, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and then an incendiary force in a dramatization of The Hobbit, his irrepressible spirit radiated throughout the theater. He once told me he wanted to be a preacher, but as we all know he ministered to everyone who was fortunate enough to be in his presence throughout the years or for only a brief moment. Like the proverbial flights of angels and the songs that lighten our hearts, Bill's memory will always sustain us and for that we have to be eternally grateful.
May you rest in peace, Bill.
Shelly Frome
August 16, 2009
How appropriate that Billy died near the Perseid, as he was just such a shooting star. His joy and intelligence will always be with us.
Yvonne Parker
August 14, 2009
In memory of Bill Parker....

You will be remembered by everyone you ever met. You were an unforgettable and gifted human being, who loved life and loved to share your life and all your talents with everyone who crossed your path. You will be missed by all.

August 14, 2009
To Bill’s Family

I am heartbroken. Sometimes you count on a person’s presence on Earth, even if you have not been in touch for a long time. I always counted on Bill. He was a mentor and guide for me. I owe much of my growth as an artist, photographer, thinker and human being to the years that I spent trying to absorb as much as possible from Bill as his student at the University of Connecticut. Through several semesters of the History of Photography, studio classes and photo-critique classes, including “Types of Contemporary Photography” (where we explored how our Jungian types should influence our art), Bill generously and genuinely exuded his knowledge and spirit, sometimes not saving enough for himself.

Throughout the years I have thought of him often, always bringing a smile to my whole being. His own smile revealed such inner light. I will continue to think of him often, but it might hurt a little now.

I am thinking of all of you, the family that he loved and talked about so much. I send you the warmest of love and best wishes as you find your new way. Tim you may remember me from 1982-85 at UConn (dedicated Bill Parker disciple with a punk haircut -- short black with the bleached long tail in the back). My heart is with you.
August 14, 2009
A man of many talents, love for those around him, may Bill Parker will be honored for his contributions to our lives and the world he lived in. Bill always made us feel a part of his life and we all looked forward to his visits. There was always an interesting story or heartfelt advise he shared with those around him. We feel very special to have known him for the short period of time we had with Bill. May he rest in peace with the love we are all sending his way! Carrying Bill Parker with each of us is what makes the life of someone live forever. Bill will live forever within our family's hearts.
To Tim and Nevil we send our love for your loss of such a special person and I hope we will remain friends now and in the future. Tim call if you need anything, we are here for you.
August 14, 2009
Our hearts and thoughts go out to you.

Sandra and David Edens
August 13, 2009
Nevil and mom & Doug, my prayers and thought have been with you. May God comfort you and give you peace during this time. Nevil, I know from personal experience that somehow something in you fundamentally changes when you loose a parent, but we never loose the memories that grow sweeter and sweeter. Ann
August 13, 2009
Dear Nevil & Family,

Today is Thursday and so, in honor of the Bsngo Smon being performed at the Dzogchen Monastery in Tibet, I am thinking of your father in peace & free of suffering.

Bless you & yours in your grief.

With love & sympathy,
August 13, 2009
Dear Tim,
It was so good to talk to you Wed. night. I am so sorry that it was under these circumstances.
Billy was always a very special person to me and I am so glad that we were able to visit a few times these past 3 years.
I never did get to fix him the fried chicken I promised. He would get a good laugh out of that one.
I still have the photo pictures he gave me when we were in Connecticut. I will cherish them as I will the memories of him.
Please keep in touch with us. I would love to see you and have you come and visit with us.
Much love and warm wishes, Pat and Billy H.
August 13, 2009
Dear Nevil and Mrs. Parker, My sympathies go out to you both and to any other members of the family. May William rest in peace in the hands of our Lord for all eternity.
August 13, 2009

Dear Nevil and Mrs. Parker,

So sorry to hear the news. Warmth and condolences to you.
August 13, 2009
Dear Nevil & Tim,

I find myself speechless and deeply sadded by the news of Billy's passing. I am so grateful for the dear memories I have of him in full-animation. He was a brilliant artist and a spit-fire of a man and my childhood history always includes memories of all of you...including Tuptim and Gitano. My life is richer for having you all in it.

I send my deepest and most sincere sympathies along with a heart full of love and strength as you move through this challenging time with grace and ease.

I will share this news with my mom.

All my love,
August 13, 2009
Dear Mrs. Parker and Nevil,
I am so saddened to hear of Mr.Parker's passing. I spent many happy hours at your house, laughing and learning.
My deepest condolences to you both
August 12, 2009
I haven't seen Bill in 30 years but receiving the news of his passing, just seeing his name, brought the sound of his laugher to my mind. Such joy. Inquisitive, full of ideas, mind going in complex and interesting directions. We may not have seen each other but I was aware of what he wrote. It was important and lovely that he was "out there." He will be missed.

Anne Tucker
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
August 11, 2009
Dear TimAnn,
I do hope that you are doing OK. You must know what a loving place that you and Bill have in our hearts. I feel so very privileged to have been able to meet Bill and get to know him. He will be so greatly missed.
My very deepest sympathy to you and Nevil and Alex.
August 10, 2009
I feel I was so fortunate to have met Bill and enjoy his humor and knowledge about nearly everything. Even though we didn't visit each other as we should, I will remember the times we all were together.
Please donot hesitate to call me if you are needing anything I can do for you.
Betty and Dan Dale (Gainesville, Florida)
August 10, 2009
Tim,I am so sorry to hear of Billy's passing. We were in the same home room from 2nd grade thru highschool and in the same ROTC class at UF. I have many fond memories of our times together in Boy Scouts, etc. He will certainly be missed.
August 10, 2009
Dearest Tim Ann, Nevil and Family,
My heart and prayers are with you all. Bill,as all of you,had a special place in my heart and he will be greatly missed. Thru you and Bill we also got another wonderful friend,Alex whom we will never forget and whom you were very fortunate to have. My blessing,prayers and love go out to you all

Carol Threlkel, Jacksonville Florida
August 10, 2009
We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Tim and the family. Billy certainly brought laughter, joy, and happiness to all who knew and loved him. Although we had not seen Billy recently he was such a vibrant part of our lives growing up at the beaches
August 10, 2009
Dear Tim Ann and family, I was so sorry to hear of Billy's passing. He will be truly missed by all of us here in the AIC who were lucky enough to be his friends. He is a very special person as you all are. You and your family will be in my payers and thoughts. He was very blessed to have a family he spoke so highly of and to have Alex and his wife. Take care. I will remember you and Bill and Alex always.. Nancy Creter
August 10, 2009
Dear Mrs. Parker & Nevil,
It goes without saying how much I will
miss Mr. Parker & the precious times we spent together. I only wish that there could have been more memories & moments to treasure; circumstances prevented lots of those from taking place. However, I am SO very grateful for having met Mr.Parker and want to tell you how much richer my life feels
to have known him and how honored I feel to call him a friend. Our hearts & thoughts are with your family during this time. Yi, the girls & myself extend our love; you can count on us for anything you may need.
August 09, 2009
Dear Tim,
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Billy. Although I rarely had the opportunity to see you, I have such fond memories of our growing up years at the Beach. Billy was such a good friend.
You and your family are in my prayers.
Anne Bullock Hutto
August 09, 2009
Dear Tim Ann, Nevil and family,

What an encouraging and beautiful soul he was. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love, Mary Kocol
August 09, 2009
Dear Tim Ann and family
I was saddened to hear of your loss of Bill. You both were always so kind and gracious to me when I managed Interstate Storage facility for several years. No matter how dibilated he became as the disease progressed, he always had an incredible outlook and a beautiful smile!! It's is folks like you who made my job a pleasure!
You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Gayle Whitley
August 09, 2009
Dear Aunt Tim, Nevil and family,
Paula and I are very sorry for your loss. My memories of Uncle Bill and all of you are fond ones. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Mark & Paula Alford and Family
August 09, 2009
Tim: My love and sympathy for you in this time of great loss. Bill will always be my mentor. - Bob Martin (Cranston, RI)
August 09, 2009
Dear Tim and Family,

Ed and I send you our sympathy, love, and prayers. We will always hold Billy in our hearts. From a classmate with wonderful memories, Emily Watson Bryan, Class of '50, Fletcher High
August 09, 2009
Tim and Dan, Please accept my sympaties and condolences on your loss. We will all miss Billy very much.


George Hightower
August 09, 2009
Dearest Daddy:

The Ji Jang Bosal will be spoken in remembrance of you for the next 43 days at the Gateless Gate Zen Center, and we are arranging prayer services for you with the Dzogchen Monastery in Tibet. We pray for your safe and happy passage and look for you everywhere.

Love, Nevil
August 09, 2009
Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Aunt Tim and Cousin Nevil. We are so sorry for your loss.
Love, Bud & Natalie Parker and Family
August 09, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love Danny Louann and Family
August 09, 2009
I Love you Billy,
Brother Dan
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