Clarke, William Charles Elliot Passed away very suddenly the weekend of February 13th. Bill was born in Lenox, South Dakota to Erhard and Lily Borchardt on February 23, 1962. He grew up in Madison, South Dakota and graduated from Madison High School. He attended the University of Arizona at Flagstaff and was a music and art major. In 2004 Bill got his nursing license. His kindness and compassion for others knew no bounds. When the 35W Bridge collapsed, Bill drove down to the collapse site on his bicycle and volunteered his nursing services to anyone who needed help. Bill was brilliant, multi-talented, enthusiastic traveler and hysterically funny. His garden in Uptown was a sanctuary for many neighbors who would stop at the fence just to look at his artistic urban oasis. The dinners and barbecues that Bill hosted with Bob were unparalleled. He had the touch of a gourmet chef and the eye of an artist when setting the mood for a party. He was a true force of nature and after you met Bill your life was forever changed for the better. He was a true friend, caring brother, and loving partner to his life partner Bob Schmitz. Bill and Bob were together for 21 years and through all times their deep love and support for each other was apparent. Although his passing has left us with an aching heart, we cannot help but feel joyful for having had the privilege of knowing such a fine man. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Sharon Lampson and his brother, Ray "Butch" Borchardt; several friends and many adored pets. The Memorial Service to celebrate Bill's life will be held on Saturday, February 20th at 10 am at the Cremation Society of Minnesota at 4343 Nicollet Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55409. A celebration will be held after the service for all to share our memories and start down the path to healing together. Floral arrangements can be sent to the Cremation Society at 4343 Nicollet Ave. As Bill loved his kitties as much as any person, please send all memorial donations to the Humane Society of Minnesota.
Published in Star Tribune on Feb. 18, 2010.