Thursday, September 30, 2021

Bidding Good-bye to Gottfried

An outdoor memorial service has been planned for William “Bill” Gottfried, a retired physician and well-loved mystery-convention-goer who passed away earlier this week at age 85.

According to the blog Mystery Fanfare, that service will take place tomorrow, Friday, October 1, at Walnut Creek, California’s Congregation B’nai Shalom (74 Eckley Lane), beginning at 11 a.m. PDT. Guests must wear masks, and are advised to “dress for warm weather.” Friends and acquaintances who cannot attend in person are invited to participate via this Zoom link: Meeting ID: 882 9835 4925. Passcode: 154146.

A graveside observance and a subsequent reception on the front lawn at the residence of Gottfried’s son Harry, in the nearby town of Lafayette, will follow those ceremonies.

In addition, mourners will be sitting shiva virtually on Monday, October 4, starting at 5 p.m. Zoom link: Meeting ID: 878 4376 0879. Passcode: 017484. “There will be opportunities for informal sharing during shiva,” says Mystery Fanfare. Undoubtedly, this will lead to many stories being recalled of Gottfried’s kindness, curiosity, and enthusiasms.

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