Bill was a distinguished member of the Sarasota Chapter of FOFF, later
to become the Sarasota Folk Club. He was on the board of both
organizations from inception in 1987 to 2006. Jean and Bill were
involved with the beginnings of FOFF in 1982. Together they started the
FOFF Booth and kept it going from then to now. They have won several
awards including the Florida State Folk Heritage Award in 1992, and the
Thelma Boltin Folk Community Service Award. They have been attending
the Florida Folk Festival for over 35 consecutive years. It would be
hard to recall any major folk event in Florida without having memories
of Bill and Jean sitting back and enjoying the music, sharing with
kindred spirits, always encouraging and supportive of folk artists
throughout the state. In his earlier years, you might be able to
persuade Bill to sing "Jimmy Brown, Newsboy of the Town" or other
classic folk songs. For many years, Bill and Jeanhave hosted a monthly folk jam at their Sarasota home.
No memorial services are scheduled. Memorial donations may be made to
Friends of Florida Folk, c/o Snyder, 337 Hillcrest St., Altamonte
Springs, FL 32701; or to Sarasota Folk Club, c/o Kahn, 5625 Evergreen
Drive, Sarasota, FL 34233.
On Sunday March 18 at Longwood Park in Sarasota...3-7 pm there will be a potluck and jam to visit and celebrate his life.
Survivors include his wife, Jean V.; daughters Judith Seifert of Combs,
Ark., and Jeanne Sicard of Sarasota; stepdaughters Patricia Gormley and
Jan Buncik of Sarasota; sons William of Bradenton and Donald of
Longboat Key; stepsons Peter and Michael Gormley of Sarasota; a
brother, Paul Hewitt of Huntington, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; and seven