William Bradbury Hinkley

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Judy - it will be strange to not include Bill in the Judy & Bill phrase that's been used for so long. Thinking of you - and continuing to listen to the two of you! - Joan [Dow] Styve

Dear Judy & Family, We were saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He was a force in the world and will be sorely missed. Whenever I hear a mandolin picking out a fiddle tune I will think of Bill. May you keep and hold the memory of Bill forever. - Dave & Carol Rogers-Tanner

Goodbye Bill ... it was my pleasure to know you in the Air Force and later in the extended music community of which we were both a part ... I'll never forget the time you came into my dorm room at Yokota in 1964 just bursting to show me your version of "Doc's Guitar" ... it was awfully good and certainly made me want to learn it too ... your influence was much greater than you probably ever knew but I can certainly feel it in the comments and condolences I've been reading.

Dear Judy and family, the loss of Big Bill will profoundly affect so many of us in the musical world. He was a gentle guide as a teacher to so many. An enthusiastic listener to those of us who just dabble on the mandolin, ending the song with much encouragement to the player. A treasured piece of American musical history for sure. His light will shine on through many, many folks, but can never be replaced. Your journey without him as your musical partner is something all of us whom perform...

Judy, I am sorry to hear about Bill. I am sure that it is difficult to lose your life partner. Just remember that time heals all pain.

Sandra Graham-ECRC

Dear Judy, dear Bill, it is a privilege to have known you both, so talented, interesting-- generally good-time Minnesota Music people!
Always an amazement to recall Bill's brilliance, his unique displays of
humor (-Kabuki, anyone?) Now there's Bill, making music in Heaven.
(Pat Keane's quote of Miss Dickinson made me cry; glad to have met her.) Best Wishes Always, Amber Ladeira

Judy, You and Bill have always been like family in the West Bank community. Bill's unique knowledge, talent, warmth and humor will never be forgotten.
Pam McIntyre
St Paul

My condolences to you, Judy. You and Bill always felt like family in the West Bank community. Bill's unique knowledge, talent, warmth and humor will never be forgotten.
Pam McIntyre
(St Paul)

Thanks for mentioning his teaching, his amazing recall, and his wonderful wife, Judy. He was a most beloved Bohemian, especially in the West Bank and MN Bluegrass communities. Bill lived his passions fully, and encouraged higher ideals in all who knew him.


William's Obituaries

Age 67 Of Minneapolis Died Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at the Minneapolis VA Hospital. Preceded in death by his parents Howard and Dorothy Hinkley, brother Seth Howard Hinkley, sister Jane Lapchak. Survived by his wife Judy Larson, daughter Rebecca Nyros, granddaughter Briana Nyros, sisters Carolyn...

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