Bill passed away peacefully on February 20,2009 at Memorial Sloane-Kettering Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Bill is survived by his loving partner of over 30 years Terry Roberson of Savannah, Ga, his mother Ordie Kellard of New Rochelle, sisters, Betsy Rock of Larchmont, Marilee Kellard of Ghent, Marguerite Borsella and her husband Ralph of New Rochelle, and Amy Gorman and her husband Walter of Rye. He also has eight nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly. His father Adrian L. Kellard and his brother Adrian L. Kellard Jr predeceased him. Born on April 15, 1949 in New Rochelle to Adrian and Ordie Kellard he was the eldest of six children. Bill attended Holy Name of Jesus School and Iona Prepatory in New Rochelle before heading to Georgetown University. He left Georgetown to pursue his career as a costume designer. A career at which he had much success until his passing. He worked on stage shows including A Chorus Line, A Flea in Her Ear, and Fool Moon. His work for television includes Ryan's Hope, Search for Tomorrow, and most notably Sesame Street, for which he and Terry earned 20 Emmy awards during his 31 years on this show. When Bill was not working he enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He was a lover of life's pleasures including working in his garden, a good meal, a good laugh, good wine, and good company. Whether at work or at play, Terry was always by his side. He was a loving partner, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be deeply missed by all those whose lives he touched. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Donations in Bill's memory can be made to The
. They should be sent to Low Country Cancer Center,Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Candler Dr. Suite 201, Savannah, Ga 31405 Attn: Laurie Pechinak 100% of these donations will go directly to cancer research.
Published in the lohud.com on Mar. 16, 2009