William G. Gardner of Birch Bay Wa. passed away on January 26 after suffering from ALS for four years. He was one of the founding members of the Bellingham Recorder Players over 30 years ago. At one of the workshops at UBC, Bill invited Sharon and Vreni to join the Bellingham players. Many of the long time Vancouver recorder players will remember him as he in the meantime also became an active member of the BCRS and took part in monthly meetings there. He also played recorder with the White Rock Sandpipers and participated in several of their performances. His passion for recorder music lasted until his last days: when he lost his ability to play the recorder, he played the drums. When he couldn't do that either, he just listened to the music as every Thursday and Friday friends came to his house to practice.
Friends and family gathered to celebrate his life at the memorial service on February 5th. His was a life of inspiration, generosity, enthusiasm and resilience. Many people were touched by his role as family man, teacher, musician and a councillor. About 20 recorder friends felt honoured to play selections of his choosing during the celebrations.