By now through the power and capabilities of the Internet most of you
have already heard the news that our friend Bill Kovacs passed away
over the Memorial Day weekend.

I received so many responses from people telling me who else I should
send this info to I have forwarded the addresses to a friend of mine to
be sent in batches ( because I couldn't get my mail server to work). So
I apologize in advance if you receive this more than once, but I'm just
trying to cover all the bases.

Bill leaves behind a host of people whose life he touched in unique and
profound ways. Since sending out my first email yesterday I have been
flooded with people's moving comments about Bill. Dave Yost has
arranged a blog at Wikipedia for people to pass on their comments about
Bill. You can find it at:

I have been in touch by phone with a number of the people close to Bill
and have done my best to offer my assistance and condolences. At the
present moment there are no plans for an internment or public viewing.
There will be however, a Memorial Service for Bill this Sunday, April
4th at the Rincon Catering & Beach Club, 3805 Santa Claus Lane,
Carpentaria, CA. 93103. (This is right off the 101 freeway, overlooking
the ocean, just south of Santa Barbara) The facility has been reserved
between 1PM & 3PM. This is expected to be a casual affair, there will
be an open mike, and a table at which those of you with pictures or
mementos of Bill may choose to share them with others. Food and
beverages will be served but not a full meal.

Many of you have asked how you might help or where you might send
flowers. In lieu of flowers the family has agreed that any donation
that you might find appropriate be sent in favor of Bill's daughter Savanna.
There will be a donation box at the Memorial service or you can forward
them to Savanna's account at:

Savanna E. Salyer-Kovacs
Coast Hills Federal Credit Union
Lompoc, CA 93438-0200
For credit to account# 0000113481

Bill was a gentle and generous soul. He graced all of us with his
insights, his humor and his own unique genius, His legacy includes 3
wonderful children and an enduring contribution to the world of
computer graphics. His friendship will be missed by us all. He touched
my heart and helped me become a better person for it. I am saddened by
my loss, but like many, I choose to celebrate Bill's life and hope you
will join me and his family this Sunday.

With abiding respect,

Larry Barels