The Billy Memorial

Listen more often to things than to beings
'Tis the ancestors' breath when the fire’s voice is heard
'Tis the ancestors' breath in the voice of the water
- Birago Diop

Billy Gatherings are so ‘present tense.’ We gather, we leave, ebb and flow. Over time, it’s inevitable that our memories of Billys now gone have begun to fade. We forget a name, but remember a face; remember a moment but forget what he looked like. We grieve a loss, but then he becomes history. The combined impact and rapidity of our losses from AIDS at the height of the epidemic was devastating. Even so, the loss of any Billy is a blow to our community.

One way to keep the spirit alive of Billys now gone is in this Memorial Page. We’re a group with a rich history, filled with great personalities of every sort. Even as we evolve together, we don’t want to lose what’s come before. Here, we honor all Billys, those lost to the epidemic or in other ways. And we honor ourselves by keeping our hearts open to what has come before. And for those who have yet to find us, here are the names and faces of those who will be your history one day.

We want to thank so many for their support in putting this together.  To name just a few, Mark Weigle, Marcus Borgman, Bill Blackburn, Joe Arcangelini, Terry Brown, Charlie Seltzer, Paul Mueller and the Board, and Mugwort of RadFae.org (many men moved between Billy and Faerie circles).  We have worked together as a single unit creating this page and collecting the material for it, and it’s been an honor to have added to the many memorial activities (Mark Weigle’s panel project for example or Joe A’s photo albums) that have happened over the years. 

Collecting information for events that have happened, in some instances, over twenty years ago means that there are likely errors and omissions. Please write David at  if you have any additions, corrections, updates or pictures. You’ll find an Archive Page that lists everyone. Click on a name and you’ll be taken to an individual’s page. If you encounter a "flower" symbol, this indicates that either the information is incomplete or missing. 

As Beautiful Dove used to say,
Roses from our hearts to yours,

Chris Lombardi and David Grossblat

August, 2016


butterfly billy

For Billys Who We No Longer Remember

Al Steele
from the earliest Gatherings

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Chris Tomlinson

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DEPARTED  ...  

Don Cate

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  ...  

Jack Thompsen

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  ...  

Keith Stotts

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  ...  

Kelly
attended the Manchester Gathering

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  ...  

Kent The Cook

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  ...  

Leo Joseph
Brother Leo

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  ...  

Robert Balchalk
Bobby

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  ...  

Steve Frary

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  ...  

Jeremy Bell

ARRIVED  1948  
DEPARTED  1989  

Greg Schultz

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  1991  

Ron Dennett

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  1991  

Will Batten
Wilma

ARRIVED  April 28, 1954
DEPARTED  March 25, 1991

Michael Huddleston

ARRIVED  June 29, 1951
DEPARTED  April 22, 1992

Stan Ward

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  December 13, 1992

David McKay

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  1993  

Don McBride

ARRIVED  1953  
DEPARTED  1993  

Taliesin
Taliesin

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  1993  

Maurice Legasse

ARRIVED  April 14, 1954
DEPARTED  February 22, 1993

Arthur Wolff
Buzz

ARRIVED  March 12, 1948
DEPARTED  May 18, 1993

John Holick

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  1994  

Bruce Priebe

ARRIVED  December 18, 1951
DEPARTED  May 21, 1994

Vincent Lovato

ARRIVED  November 24, 1954
DEPARTED  August 16, 1994

Jason Barrett

ARRIVED  November 8, 1954
DEPARTED  September 6, 1994

Doug DeBeni

ARRIVED  February 5, 1957
DEPARTED  September 22, 1994

Dan Halpern

ARRIVED  February 18  
DEPARTED  1995

Marshall Cason

ARRIVED  September 19, 1949
DEPARTED  1995  

Nymphaea Greenman

ARRIVED  November 7, 1952
DEPARTED  February 13, 1995

Tom Mapp
Shine

ARRIVED  August 28, 1947
DEPARTED  February 18, 1995

Jim Battershill

ARRIVED  June 25, 1943
DEPARTED  February 19, 1995

Richard Drummond Beyer

ARRIVED  July 23, 1934
DEPARTED  May 15, 1995

Michael Sommers
Honeydew

ARRIVED  August 1, 1950
DEPARTED  July 16, 1995

Doug Murphy

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  October 4, 1995

Gene Barnes
Portia Manson

ARRIVED  October 1, 1964
DEPARTED  October 9, 1995

Rick Feld

ARRIVED  May 26, 1945
DEPARTED  December 4, 1995

Davey Jones

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  1996  

Paul Pregil
Data Bear

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  1996  

Danny Ross

ARRIVED  June 17, 1945
DEPARTED  January 3, 1996

Eddie Lee

ARRIVED  October 4, 1952
DEPARTED  February 28, 1996

Joshua Schmidt

ARRIVED  May 29, 1963
DEPARTED  March 28, 1996

Gryphon Blackswan
Gryphon Blackswan

ARRIVED  April 19, 1951
DEPARTED  April 18, 1996

Richard Rath

ARRIVED  May 15, 1954
DEPARTED  June 16, 1996

Wade Williams

ARRIVED  January 19, 1953
DEPARTED  July 18, 1996

Daniel Deskins
Brother Daniel Mary Magdalene

ARRIVED  May 28, 1958
DEPARTED  July 22, 1996

Steve Mehall

ARRIVED  July 31, 1959
DEPARTED  August 12, 1996

Richard Locke
Butterfly

ARRIVED  June 11, 1941
DEPARTED  September 25, 1996

Bob Vargas

ARRIVED  July 3, 1954
DEPARTED  January 25, 1997

Louis Pearson

ARRIVED  1954  
DEPARTED  May 2, 1998

Greg Dubbs

ARRIVED  November 8, 1952
DEPARTED  June 11, 1998

Guy Kitchen

ARRIVED  December 17, 1961
DEPARTED  December 29, 1998

Bob Colella

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  1999  

Richard Bennett

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  1999  

Stephen Hayes
Redwood

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  1999  

Gary Matson

ARRIVED  July 6, 1949
DEPARTED  July 1, 1999

Winfield Scott Mowder

ARRIVED  May 30, 1959
DEPARTED  July 1, 1999

David Stewart
Light Eagle

ARRIVED  February 24, 1964
DEPARTED  October 2, 1999

Ben Hershy

ARRIVED  July 17, 1958
DEPARTED  December 24, 1999

Lee Boynton

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  2000  

Kim Storch
Raven

ARRIVED  July 18, 1949
DEPARTED  May 28, 2000

Pratt Spellman

ARRIVED  1903  
DEPARTED  May 28, 2000

Steve Fallas

ARRIVED  December 8, 1957
DEPARTED  April 8, 2001

Marty Liebman

ARRIVED  November 28, 1942
DEPARTED  April 20, 2001

David Patrick

ARRIVED  April 16, 1952
DEPARTED  September 9, 2001

Mitch Golden

ARRIVED  February 4, 1951
DEPARTED  October 12, 2001

David Baker
Beautiful Dove

ARRIVED  February 18, 1947
DEPARTED  February 20, 2002

Bill Fugelsang

ARRIVED  March 4, 1958
DEPARTED  August 29, 2002

Michael Redding

ARRIVED  October 23, 1948
DEPARTED  September 2, 2002

Michael Moran

ARRIVED  November 29, 1950
DEPARTED  March 5, 2003

Tom Christensen

ARRIVED  December 18, 1957
DEPARTED  April 22, 2003

Jackson Branum

ARRIVED  January 13, 1952
DEPARTED  May 18, 2003

Hans von Braun

ARRIVED  April 1944  
DEPARTED  February 13, 2005

Sanford Lowe
Sandy

ARRIVED  October 27, 1935
DEPARTED  March 21, 2005

Alfred Robinson

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  May 1, 2005

Mike Hanna

ARRIVED  1947  
DEPARTED  January 11, 2006

Paul Schwartz

ARRIVED  July 4, 1966
DEPARTED  January 27, 2006

Stewart Scofield

ARRIVED  March 26, 1948
DEPARTED  April 19, 2008

John Burnside

ARRIVED  November 12, 1916
DEPARTED  September 14, 2008

Wesley Russell
Wessie

ARRIVED  June 14, 1929
DEPARTED  October 24, 2008

Bill Devall

ARRIVED  December 2, 1938
DEPARTED  June 26, 2009

Brian Friedman

ARRIVED  March 20, 1955
DEPARTED  July 18, 2010

Brook Klehm

ARRIVED  November 13, 1956
DEPARTED  October 27, 2010

Tad Crandall
Tad

ARRIVED  July 9, 1967
DEPARTED  September 7, 2011

Alan Hunter

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  December 18, 2011

Jon Tadros
Timegiver

ARRIVED  February 14, 1966
DEPARTED  February 6, 2012

Remy Charlip

ARRIVED  January 10, 1929
DEPARTED  August 14, 2012

Bill Brent

ARRIVED  July 17, 1960
DEPARTED  August 18, 2012

John Cwiakala

ARRIVED  May 2, 1952
DEPARTED  September 16, 2012

Jim Hughson

ARRIVED  June 19, 1944
DEPARTED  December 11, 2012

Jack Pilling

ARRIVED  1935  
DEPARTED  November 28, 2013

Bob Conrad
Goat

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  2014  

Jim Charlesworth

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  2014  

Will Grant

ARRIVED  May 20, 1947
DEPARTED  2014  

Tom Benson

ARRIVED  February 11, 1947
DEPARTED  May 12, 2014

Brian White

ARRIVED  May 23, 1960
DEPARTED  June 11, 2014

Darrel Johnson

ARRIVED  October 21, 1942
DEPARTED  September 7, 2014

Bill Paskewitz

ARRIVED  August 5, 1953
DEPARTED  November 20, 2014

Carl Minns
Carl Lasagna

ARRIVED  June 26, 1963
DEPARTED  March 3, 2015

Bill Armstrong

ARRIVED  May 30, 1939
DEPARTED  March 8, 2015

Steve Johnson

ARRIVED  December 8, 1960
DEPARTED  May 10, 2015

Jok Church

ARRIVED  November 28, 1949
DEPARTED  April 29, 2016

Rodney Chilton

ARRIVED  ...  
DEPARTED  July 23, 2016

Robert Fasic
Bob

ARRIVED  April 10, 1940
DEPARTED  October 2, 2016

Stephen O’Connell

ARRIVED  January 30, 1951
DEPARTED  October 8, 2016

Buzz Bense
Gabriel

ARRIVED  January 23, 1949
DEPARTED  November 19, 2016

Bobby Spencer

ARRIVED  February 18  
DEPARTED  January 3, 2017  

Paul Connolly

ARRIVED  May 1, 1962
DEPARTED  March 29, 2017

Preston Grant

ARRIVED  March 5, 1960
DEPARTED  May 25, 2017

Brian Haley

ARRIVED  April 13, 1956
DEPARTED  August 18, 2017

Enrique Massa
Quique

ARRIVED  June 30, 1960
DEPARTED  September 29, 2017

David Passmore

ARRIVED  October 29, 1932
DEPARTED  November 29, 2017

Joe Kukulka

ARRIVED  September 17, 1950
DEPARTED  January 26, 2018

Martin Jones

ARRIVED  March 28, 1943
DEPARTED  June 11, 2018

Nicholas DeMara
Nick

ARRIVED  June 6, 1945
DEPARTED  October 5, 2018

Bruce Thompson

ARRIVED  September 15, 1966
DEPARTED  December 5, 2018

Richard Ploe
Riku

ARRIVED  November 15, 1945
DEPARTED  December 9, 2018

Michael Hathaway

ARRIVED  November 11, 1941
DEPARTED  January 2, 2019

Lanz Lowen

ARRIVED  February 5, 1953
DEPARTED  March 22, 2019

Christopher Colorado Jones

ARRIVED  January 12, 1949
DEPARTED  June 29, 2019

Ronald Toby Wiggin
Toby

ARRIVED  July 27, 1960  
DEPARTED  August 16, 2019  

Danny Rubin

ARRIVED  September 30, 1960
DEPARTED  January 13, 2020

John Guedon
Fabu

ARRIVED  October 3, 1961  
DEPARTED  July 21, 2020

Paul Freedman

ARRIVED  January 31  
DEPARTED  August 4, 2020

Matthew Simmons
Peggy L'eggs

ARRIVED  April 28, 1960
DEPARTED  September 8, 2020

Nikos Diaman

ARRIVED  November 1, 1936
DEPARTED  November 8, 2020

Peter Hall

ARRIVED  June 21, 1936
DEPARTED  August 4, 2021

Jim Kramer

ARRIVED  1941  
DEPARTED  September 4, 2021

William Stewart

ARRIVED  May 25, 1951
DEPARTED  October 20, 2021