Monday, April 01, 2013

Loss of a Working Stiff

by Joyce

For those who haven't heard the news, longtime Working Stiff Wilfred Bereswill passed away suddenly on Palm Sunday. ("Passed away" seems inadequate when a death is so unexpected.) I first heard about it on Easter Sunday, when Jenna Bennett/Jennie Bentley posted a link to her blog on Twitter. To say I was shocked doesn't begin to cover it. It was all I could think about for most of the day.

The only time I met Will in person was at Bouchercon in Baltimore. When Annette and I ran into him, it was like a family reunion.
Joyce, Will, Annette
It's strange how someone you know mostly through blog posts can make such a lasting impression. It's a testament to his ability to tell a story that so many people feel like they lost a good friend.

Will posted often on China and Hawaii--two of his favorite places. He wrote about his work, his books, his every day life, and a very poignant post about losing his father at a young age to colon cancer.

Will's every day life got hectic and eventually he had to drop writing for Working Stiffs. His last post with us was on March 7, 2011. Read it. It was titled So Long, Farewell & Amen.

Amen, indeed.

So long, Will. We miss you.


Annette said...

Will never failed to make me smile. My deepest condolences to out to his wife, his daughters, and all who loved him.

Jenna said...


So long, Will. Thanks for everything.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Will was a great guy. I first met him at a Walk for MD. Laura Bradford introduced us. We hit it off. His wife Linda is lovely. :) Such a big loss for so many people who his life touched.

Lee Lofland said...

I met Will when he was in Boston on a business trip. He was hoping to connect with writers in the area and sent me a message stating the same. In short, I took him with me to a MWA meeting at Kate' Mystery Bookstore. We remained friends thereafter.

What a super nice guy with a heart of gold.