William J Cassidy III 1/31/1947 - 4/28/2015 William J Cassidy III ("Billy") died unexpectedly at home in Bodega, CA on April 28th. Billy was born in San Francisco and grew up in Marin County, graduating from Redwood High School in 1965. He attended Bates College in Maine and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Religious Studies and a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley in History and Phenomenology of Religion. Billy then taught at Alfred University in Alfred, NY for 20 years as a professor of Human Studies. In 2008, having retired from teaching, Billy returned to California and settled in Bodega where he further pursued his lifelong interest in Eastern religions and enthusiastically practiced Tai Chi - even giving up a few of his beloved NFL Sundays to attend classes. A dedicated skier, Billy enjoyed challenging the slopes from Tahoe to Sun Valley to Steamboat Springs. At home, books, discussions, and dinners with family and friends filled his days. He always had an attentive ear to any who needed one and was known for adding a slash of humor to his many tales. Billy is survived by his daughters Charlotte and Justine, sister Ann, and numerous cousins who will all treasure his memory. The family asks that memorial donations be made to: Bodega Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 28, Bodega, CA 94922; KDFC Listener-Supported Classical Radio, P.O. Box 6375, Artesia, CA 90702; Planned Parenthood, 1140 Sonoma Avenue, Building 3, Santa Rosa, CA 95495.
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Published by Marin Independent Journal on May 21, 2015.