E. William ("Bill") Fay
{ "" }
Share
Share E.'s life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Beloved husband of Kris Tapie Fay, loving father of Katie Hall (Jon), adoring grandfather of Caroline, and dear brother of Carolyn Cramer, passed away on February 18. He was preceded in death by his parents Meade and Irene and brother Robert. Bill was an accomplished trombonist who played as an extra with The Cleveland Orchestra and retired as Director of Admission at the Cleveland Institute of Music after 37 years. He delighted in mentoring students, treating them as part of his family and developing lifelong relationships that he cherished. He loved studying ancestry, being most proud to join the Sons of the American Revolution, and playing chess online with pals around the world. Known for their dinner parties, Bill and Kris entertained countless friends who loved his company. His brilliant smile, wonderful laugh, and kind heart will be deeply missed. He can be visited on Daffodil Hill at Lake View Cemetery. A celebration of life will be planned in the future. Memorial gifts may be made to Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian, or the E. William and Kris Tapie Fay Fund at University School.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Plain Dealer from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2021.
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by The Family
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
14 entries
February 22, 2021
Jimm Hayes
Friend
February 22, 2021
I will always remember Bill as a classy man with a gentle smile and a heart of joy. Joy in his wife, his daughter and granddaughter. I only saw Bill a few times but the depth of his friendship will last a lifetime. He will be missed; good people are. This world is missing this gentleman.
Jack Lew
Friend
February 22, 2021
To Kris and Katie we send our heartfelt condolences. Bill was a beloved and much valued friend and colleague during our many years at CIM. Our admiration of and gratitude to him continues to be immeasurable. May God bless you in your hours grief.

Linda and David Cerone
Coworker
February 22, 2021
Rest in peace, Bill. My deepest condolences to your family. May your memory always be a blessing.
Bruce Shewitz
Acquaintance
February 21, 2021
Bill Fay was a kind and caring man, who helped me to become the woman I am today. To the family, you are in my prayers.
Brenda Watson
Friend
February 21, 2021
When classmates grow up together in a small town and move on with their lives, we often wonder how they turned out. Without a doubt Bill's personal character never changed. Just as in High School everyone is characterizing the Bill that we knew. His kindness and concern for others is what everyone remembers of Bill. We lost an incredibly kind soul. Wishing peace and gratitude to the family.
Bob Hill
February 21, 2021
Sending deepest condolences and prayers
Vivian Barcus Gaines
Family
February 21, 2021
I feel privileged to have known Bill,even in the brief time it was, he managed to leave a wonderful warm and caring place in my heart. He was taken too soon but left beautiful memories for his Family to cherish. Keep them close and pass them on. I am so saddened for your loss, Kris. Prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
Marsha Denzine
Friend
February 21, 2021
About 40 years ago I auditioned for a concert band for high school students Bill directed at CIM. I didn't become a professional musician (I'm an aerospace engineer) but his lessons opened doors that I never could have gotten through without him. I think I speak for many of his students when I say I'm sorry for your family's loss. He made the world a better place.
Doug Hall
Student
February 21, 2021
Bill was the first person to welcome me as a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1981, which he did with a big smile, and remained a friend who later saw me grow as a musician and colleague with satisfaction and pride. He always had a smile for many, especially students. His professionalism, sincere, caring, gentle and wise nature set an example for life and will remain with me forever. My deepest sympathy to his dear family.
Gerardo Teissonnière
Friend
February 21, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Norman A Barcus Sr
Family
February 21, 2021
I am grateful for Bill's ever-present smile and kindness during our years together at CIM. I am so sorry for your loss.
Rick Nelson
Coworker
February 21, 2021
Bill and I spent the better part of four years playing in Navy bands together. He was a brilliant man, a fine musician, and he was always able to find some bit of levity in every situation. He was kind to others. He never spoke ill of anyone, and he was a true friend. His was an exemplary life. God knows, I will miss him,
Jack Zimmerman
Friend
February 20, 2021
We will miss everything about that sweet man! My heart goes out to his whole family and friends who loved him dearly, as we did.
Sura & Haris Sevastopoulos
Friend
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences