William Eugene HAIGWOOD

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A Sebastopol realtor and resident of 34 years, who was active in the community's civic and cultural life, passed away on May 9, 2014 of natural causes. He was 88 years old. A former member of the Sebastopol Planning Commission, Mr. Haigwood helped to create a Sebastopol Arts Center and to acquire land for the Laguna de Santa Rosa. For his efforts to preserve the Laguna, Mr. Haigwood was named Sebastopol Citizen of the Year. For many years, Mr. Haigwood wrote two weekly columns for the Sonoma West Times and News. His column "Metes and Bounds" commented on local political and cultural news. He also wrote a regular column on spiritual issues, "Bridging the Gap," a selection of which were published with additional spiritual writings in his book of the same title. Mr. Haigwood was born in Blackwell, OK, on Sept. 10, 1925. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1948. Mr. Haigwood's professional life included work as an independent public relations consultant in Washington DC, where he made promotional films for Goodwill Industries and the State Department, among other clients. He also worked for many years in Chamber of Commerce management in San Jose, Berkeley, Seattle and San Diego. In 1975 he began his career in real estate, first in Santa Cruz and subsequently in Sebastopol. He was preceded in death by his wife, Millicent Cook Haigwood, an artist known in Sebastopol for her sumi-e painting. She passed away in 1992. He is survived by his children, William Cook Haigwood of Rohnert Park CA, married to Claire Marie Beery; and Laura Ellen Haigwood of South Bend IN, married to Chris Ramon VandenBossche; and by his four grandchildren, Gabriel William Winfred Haigwood, Amy Christina Haigwood, Andrew William VandenBossche and Alec William Haigwood. He is also survived by his loving and supportive companion of many years, Hallie Bottemiller, and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, for whom he felt great affection. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Haigwood's family requests memorial donations to the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High St, Sebastopol, CA 95472.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from May 14 to May 15, 2014
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