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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.

Carl
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.
Love,
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.

Susan
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.

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