I moved to San Rafael as an 18 year old boy from the UK, and spent much time in my first year or two lonely and confused. Bill Shore stood head and shoulders above the great majority of my friends and acquaintances with regard to his depth of compassion, sensitivity and kindness - all while maintaining the requisite degree of 'cool' aspired to by all young people. He inspired me over the last two decades to aspire to the same level of empathy toward others I might meet.
Though we lost touch, I frequently thought of him, of his words, phrases, smile, his ability as a musician and ultimately, his compassion for humanity and for living. Though our friendship was brief and long ago, I am deeply saddened to hear this news. I can only imagine the pain those closer to Bill are feeling, and my greatest commiserations go to all of you. You should be extremely proud to have been part of Bill's life.