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


Our Billy Ancestors

butterfly billy

For Billys We No Longer Remember

Al Steele
from the earliest Gatherings

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   ...  

Alan Hunter

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   December 18, 2011

Alfred Robinson

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   May 1, 2005

Arthur Wolff
Buzz

ARRIVED   March 12, 1948
DEPARTED   May 18, 1993

Ben Hershy

ARRIVED   July 17, 1958
DEPARTED   December 24, 1999

Bill Armstrong

ARRIVED   May 30, 1939
DEPARTED   March 8, 2015

Bill Brent

ARRIVED   July 17, 1960
DEPARTED   August 18, 2012

Bill Devall

ARRIVED   December 2, 1938
DEPARTED   June 26, 2009

Bill Fugelsang

ARRIVED   March 4, 1958
DEPARTED   August 29, 2002

Bill Paskewitz

ARRIVED   August 5, 1953
DEPARTED   November 20, 2014

Bob Colella

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   1999  

Bob Conrad
Goat

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   2014  

Bob Vargas

ARRIVED   July 3, 1954
DEPARTED   January 25, 1997

Brian Friedman

ARRIVED   March 20, 1955
DEPARTED   July 18, 2010

Brian Haley

ARRIVED   April 13, 1956
DEPARTED   August 18, 2017

Brian White

ARRIVED   May 23, 1960
DEPARTED   June 11, 2014

Brook Klehm

ARRIVED   November 13, 1956
DEPARTED   October 27, 2010

Bruce Priebe

ARRIVED   December 18, 1951
DEPARTED   May 21, 1994

Bruce Thompson

ARRIVED   1966  
DEPARTED   November 13, 2018  

Buzz Bense
Gabriel

ARRIVED   January 23, 1949
DEPARTED   November 19, 2016

Carl Minns
Carl Lasagna

ARRIVED   June 26, 1963
DEPARTED   March 3, 2015

Chris Tomlinson

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   ...  

Dan Halpern

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   1995

Daniel Deskins
Brother Daniel Mary Magdalene

ARRIVED   May 28, 1958
DEPARTED   July 22, 1996

Danny Ross

ARRIVED   June 17, 1945
DEPARTED   January 3, 1996

Darrel Johnson

ARRIVED   October 21, 1942
DEPARTED   September 7, 2014

Davey Jones

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   1996  

David Baker
Beautiful Dove

ARRIVED   February 18, 1947
DEPARTED   February 20, 2002

David McKay

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   1993  

David Passmore

ARRIVED   October 29, 1932
DEPARTED   November 29, 2017

David Patrick

ARRIVED   April 16, 1952
DEPARTED   September 9, 2001

David Stewart
Light Eagle

ARRIVED   February 24, 1964
DEPARTED   October 2, 1999

Don Cate

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   ...  

Don McBride

ARRIVED   1953  
DEPARTED   1993  

Doug DeBeni

ARRIVED   February 5, 1957
DEPARTED   September 22, 1994

Doug Murphy

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   October 4, 1995

Eddie Lee

ARRIVED   October 4, 1952
DEPARTED   February 28, 1996

Enrique Massa
Quique

ARRIVED   June 30, 1960
DEPARTED   September 29, 2017

Gary Matson

ARRIVED   July 6, 1949
DEPARTED   July 1, 1999

Gene Barnes
Portia Manson

ARRIVED   October 1, 1964
DEPARTED   October 9, 1995

Greg Dubbs

ARRIVED   November 8, 1952
DEPARTED   June 11, 1998

Greg Schultz

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   1991  

Gryphon Blackswan
Gryphon Blackswan

ARRIVED   April 19, 1951
DEPARTED   April 18, 1996

Guy Kitchen

ARRIVED   December 17, 1961
DEPARTED   December 29, 1998

Hans von Braun

ARRIVED   April 1944  
DEPARTED   February 13, 2005

Jack Pilling

ARRIVED   1935  
DEPARTED   November 28, 2013

Jack Thompsen

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   ...  

Jackson Branum

ARRIVED   January 13, 1952
DEPARTED   May 18, 2003

Jason Barrett

ARRIVED   November 8, 1954
DEPARTED   September 6, 1994

Jeremy Bell

ARRIVED   1948  
DEPARTED   1989  

Jim Battershill

ARRIVED   June 25, 1943
DEPARTED   February 19, 1995

Jim Charlesworth

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   2014  

Jim Hughson

ARRIVED   June 19, 1944
DEPARTED   December 11, 2012

Joe Kukulka

ARRIVED   September 17, 1950
DEPARTED   January 26, 2018

John Burnside

ARRIVED   November 12, 1916
DEPARTED   September 14, 2008

John Cwiakala

ARRIVED   May 2, 1952
DEPARTED   September 16, 2012

John Holick

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   1994  

Jok Church

ARRIVED   November 28, 1949
DEPARTED   April 29, 2016

Jon Tadros
Timegiver

ARRIVED   February 14, 1966
DEPARTED   February 6, 2012

Joshua Schmidt

ARRIVED   May 29, 1963
DEPARTED   March 28, 1996

Keith Stotts

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   ...  

Kelly
attended the Manchester Gathering

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   ...  

Kent The Cook

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   ...  

Kim Storch
Raven

ARRIVED   July 18, 1949
DEPARTED   May 28, 2000

Lee Boynton

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   2000  

Leo Joseph
Brother Leo

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   ...  

Louis Pearson

ARRIVED   1954  
DEPARTED   May 2, 1998

Marshall Cason

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   1995  

Martin Jones

ARRIVED   March 28, 1943
DEPARTED   June 11, 2018

Marty Liebman

ARRIVED   November 28, 1942
DEPARTED   April 20, 2001

Maurice Legasse

ARRIVED   April 14, 1954
DEPARTED   February 22, 1993

Michael Huddleston

ARRIVED   June 29, 1951
DEPARTED   April 22, 1992

Michael Moran

ARRIVED   November 29, 1950
DEPARTED   March 5, 2003

Michael Redding

ARRIVED   October 23, 1948
DEPARTED   September 2, 2002

Michael Sommers
Honeydew

ARRIVED   August 1, 1950
DEPARTED   July 16, 1995

Mike Hanna

ARRIVED   1947  
DEPARTED   January 11, 2006

Mitch Golden

ARRIVED   February 4, 1951
DEPARTED   October 12, 2001

Nicholas DeMara
Nick

ARRIVED   June 6, 1945
DEPARTED   October 5, 2018

Nymphaea Greenman

ARRIVED   November 7, 1952
DEPARTED   February 13, 1995

Paul Connolly

ARRIVED   May 1, 1962
DEPARTED   March 29, 2017

Paul Pregil
Data Bear

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   1996  

Paul Schwartz

ARRIVED   July 4, 1966
DEPARTED   January 27, 2006

Pratt Spellman

ARRIVED   1903  
DEPARTED   May 28, 2000

Preston Grant

ARRIVED   March 5, 1960
DEPARTED   May 25, 2017

Remy Charlip

ARRIVED   January 10, 1929
DEPARTED   August 14, 2012

Richard Bennett

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   1999  

Richard Drummond Beyer

ARRIVED   July 23, 1934
DEPARTED   May 15, 1995

Richard Locke
Butterfly

ARRIVED   June 11, 1941
DEPARTED   September 25, 1996

Richard Ploe
Riku

ARRIVED   November 15, 1945
DEPARTED   December 9, 2018

Richard Rath

ARRIVED   May 15, 1954
DEPARTED   June 16, 1996

Rick Feld

ARRIVED   May 26, 1945
DEPARTED   December 4, 1995

Robert Balchalk
Bobby

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   ...  

Robert Fasic
Bob

ARRIVED   April 10, 1940
DEPARTED   October 2, 2016

Rodney Chilton

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   July 23, 2016

Sanford Lowe
Sandy

ARRIVED   October 27, 1935
DEPARTED   March 21, 2005

Stan Ward

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   December 13, 1992

Stephen Hayes
Redwood

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   1999  

Stephen O’Connell

ARRIVED   January 30, 1951
DEPARTED   October 8, 2016

Steve Fallas

ARRIVED   December 8, 1957
DEPARTED   April 8, 2001

Steve Frary

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   ...  

Steve Johnson

ARRIVED   December 8, 1960
DEPARTED   May 10, 2015

Steve Mehall

ARRIVED   July 31, 1959
DEPARTED   August 12, 1996

Stewart Scofield

ARRIVED   March 26, 1948
DEPARTED   April 19, 2008

Tad Crandall
Tad

ARRIVED   July 9, 1967
DEPARTED   September 7, 2011

Taliesin
Taliesin

ARRIVED   ...  
DEPARTED   1993  

Tom Benson

ARRIVED   February 11, 1947
DEPARTED   May 12, 2014

Tom Christensen

ARRIVED   December 18, 1957
DEPARTED   April 22, 2003

Tom Mapp
Shine

ARRIVED   August 28, 1947
DEPARTED   February 18, 1995

Vincent Lovato

ARRIVED   November 24, 1954
DEPARTED   August 16, 1994

Wade Williams

ARRIVED   January 19, 1953
DEPARTED   July 18, 1996

Wesley Russell
Wessie

ARRIVED   June 14, 1929
DEPARTED   October 24, 2008

Will Batten
Wilma

ARRIVED   April 28, 1954
DEPARTED   March 25, 1991

Will Grant

ARRIVED   May 20, 1947
DEPARTED   2014  

Winfield Scott Mowder

ARRIVED   May 30, 1959
DEPARTED   July 1, 1999