Friday, May 28, 2010

Cowboy Bill remembered

As is well known in the homeless community, Cowboy Bill ― Thomas William Deollos ― was struck by a car and later died from his injuries on May 22.

In a long, wonderfully-written post, titled "In loving memory of Cowboy Bill" at a non-public webspace, his brother details what Bill was like, how big his heart was, and recounts details in the circumstances that led to Bill suffering severe head trauma and other injuries.

It then tells of the ordeal to try to help Bill recover and how it was that Bill slipped away into death.

It is a very courageous piece of writing and a touching text to read.

I don't want to infringe upon the family's privacy, but I am hopeful the document will be circulated such that all those who knew, admired or loved Bill will have an opportunity to read what his brother wrote and reflect on Bill's excellent character.

It is my understanding that a memorial service will be held in Friendship Park next month.

UPDATE:  The memorial service in Friendship Park will be held on Wednesday, June 16 at 1pm.

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