Monday, March 27, 2006

Celebration of life

It seems like just yesterday I was at Allen Butlers funeral celebrating the life of a friend, husband, father, and fellow cyclist. After going through that experience I have changed and feel more for the family and friends than for the actual loss of life. A few years back I raced with Bill Corliss on the x-men and distinctly remeber enjoying his wity, dry sense of humor at a little mexican resturant following the cache classic stage race. How is his family and closest friends going to manage without that presence around? Somehow they will and our love can only help. If their is a bright side to tragedies like this, then it must be that it helps us appreciate life just a little bit more. I am in love with life right now and know Bill would want it no other way.

Here is a letter sent out to spread the word on a celebration.

Most of you already know that we lost our good friend and brother, Bill Corliss on Saturday. While this is a gut punch for anyone that knew Bill, I remind you that he was riding his bike when it happened. As promised, I've tried to put together all the details of the upcoming services, plus contact information for the bulk of you who cannot be present. Please forward this email to anyone I have missed. Things are still formulating, but here is what we know to be true: Services celebrating Bill's life will take place at the Park City Community Church at 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 30th. The Park City Community Church is located at 4501 Hwy 224, in Park City, Utah ( - it is behind the Park City nursery. I am told that the procession afterwards will be led out by a group of bicycles (weather permitting?), so if you are coming to celebrate Bill's life, it is probably appropriate that you bring your bicycle. I have attached a list of local hotels below for those making the trip.

For those who cannot attend, you may send your support, thoughts, stories and condolences to Bill's wife Deb and son Jordan: Deb Kirby P.O. Box 332 51 Daly Ave Park City, UT 84060

Deb has been truly blown away at all the contact from people Bill knew - it really helps. He touched allot of people and I'm thankful that it's been helpful for Deb to hear from everyone. Thanks again to everyone for the kind words.

Bill's Obituary

Maybe all see you at the celebration


Blogger Grizzly Adam said...

Hey Bart,

Thanks for the heads up about the services. I was there on Saturday in the group. It was a tough day for all of us. I am glad to hear that many people are reaching out to Bill's family.

Take care, maybe I'll see you at the Cholla race.

9:05 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those unable to attend services in Park City Utah .The family of Bill Corliss invites all friends and family to a memorial gathering on Saturday, May 6, 2006 from 5:30 - 8 pm. It will be held at the Schram Memorial Museum and Former Navy Chapel, 1799 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview, Illinois. For additional information please call Bill or Jessie Corliss at (248) 471-1210.
Thank You All
Greg Corliss

2:44 PM


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