Bill Davis Memorial

Bill Davis memorial

William Davis, who participated in the first BARS concert in 2008 and has been a mainstay of our violin section, passed away Friday, February 8, 2013 from complications of cancer. For many of us who saw him recently, his death came as a shock because he maintained his optimism and quiet courage throughout his illness.

BARS was very fortunate to have him as a player. Although he had participated in many orchestras over the years, including the La Jolla Symphony and UCSF/Symphony Parnassus, he had not played in an orchestra for several years prior to joining BARS. He mainly focused on playing chamber music, particularly with his weekly string quartet. Bill believed in BARS’ mission which is why he was so enthusiastic about playing in the orchestra. He also donated to the orchestra because he believed in BARS’ mission to feature LGBT musicians and composers. He also greatly enjoyed the social aspects of the orchestra, attending many of the parties and other gatherings.


He will be remembered fondly by many people in the orchestra. We will miss his intelligence and his generosity; he would often share his vast knowledge of several topics, particularly history and geography. We will miss his humor and his kindness. He lived life on his own terms, taking pleasure in running, travel, and reading. We extend our condolences to his long-term and dedicated spouse, Fred Fox.


NYTimes obituary link


If you would like to contribute to BARS in memory of Bill Davis, either visit our donation page link, or mail a check to BARS with “in memory of Bill Davis” in the memo line.


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