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Shannon Flora
Shannon Flora
Dear Bridgett & Anna,


I hope you can still receive some  good thoughts about Bear although it has been nearly two years since he left us. We had moved to Vashon Island and did not hear about his passing until many months after.  I just stumbled upon this opoprtunity to share thoughts. On multiple occassions Bear  donated wine tastings for charitable causes and some were at our house. They were always festive fun affairs and something everyone looked forward to AND always a good fun raiser for charity. He dazzled with his personality, wit and trick of opening a bottle of wine with a big ole' sword (with varying degrees of success...but always entertaining). After moving, West Seattle Cellars was harder to get to on a regular basis. I hope you are doing well - he adored his girls. He gave so much to so many. Wishing your family all the best.
Audrey Muller
Audrey Muller
It takes me time to be able to express my sorrow. I am truly sorry  for your lost.  Bear was a great person.

Many years ago there were three great men who were friends Gary, Jeff and Bear.  All of them had the love of music and many great dreams.  They had women who loved them.  I was one who felt that love.

I will never forget the love that the three had for each other. 

My thoughts have been with you this year, Audrey
Lawrie, Curt and family Williams
Lawrie, Curt and family Williams
Hey Bridgett and Anna,

There's a poem from Wendell Berry I thought might be helpful;

Hope makes its little song:
   "And we will see him in
    The morning over there."
The voices cease, and we
Can do no more for him.
The light he was returns
Unto the Light that is.

Though now he has no time
For us, he stays with us
In time - a good in us
Learned from the good in him.

(in the Timbered Choir, pg 116)

Blessings,

Curt Williams
John Cowan
John Cowan
Dear Bridgett and Anna,

The memorial service was lovely and such a beautiful tribute to a Man whom I really did not know.  After I left the service I felt that I had finally met Bear.  Thank you so much for all you shared and how gracious you were in your hour of deep grief.  You and Anna remain in our prayers.
Deb Smith
Deb Smith
Dear Bridget and Anna,
I was so sorry to hear of Bear's passing.  He always had a smile and a great story to tell me.  His incredible love for life and his family was apparent in all he said and did.  I will miss him and wish you both peace in this difficult time.  Please call if you need anything.

Deb Smith 
Gary Rollins
Gary Rollins
I am a guitarist/singer/music educator and studio musician. I worked at Tower Records Queen Anne store in Seattle in the 1970s and early 1980s. I would sometimes be in contact with the University District store, as well. So I knew Bill Larsen, who became a good friend of Bear's when Bear came to work there. Bill may have introduced me to Bear, I can't recall. But, I used to talk with Bear at work when i was an assistant manager and there was inter-store business. Soon we discovered each other's interest in British folk and folk-rock music e.g. Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick. Bear became the import record buyer for the U-District store and because of his knowledge of the British folk stuff, that store had more selection of that genre than any other record store that I can think of. I am a huge record collector and I would buy a lot of import LPs from that store, simply because Bear kept such great stock of all this cool stuff. I look at my record collection today (maybe 30,000 records) and I know which ones I got from his "section". Much of the time I'd hang out with him when I could at the U-District store and he'd turn me on to some artist or tell me he got something in that I just had to have. He was always right about that!
Then there were concerts. We met up at the Vancouver Folk Festival in July 1983 at Jericho Beach with another buddy, Jeff Ratcheson, a musician who also worked at Tower Queen Anne for a time. Some great acts over the few days of the festival: Richard Thompson, Dave Swarbrick, Simon Nicol (all of Fairport fame), John Renbourn, Stephan Grossman etc. Another show of note: Dave Swarbrick and Simon Nicol at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle in 1984. Bear was with his wife, Dawn, whom I think he'd recently met, (I can't recall if they were married yet). But, I do remember that Fairport Convention, who began having annual reunion concerts during the month of August starting in 1981 in Cropredy, England, advertised tour packages from the U.S. in a Richard Thompson Fan Club newsletter called "Flypaper" that I subscribed to, as well. I believe it was at that Swarb/Nicol concert, that Bear told me they were going to go for it that summer (or maybe the next year, I can't recall). I always wanted to go to one of these events, but never took the plunge. Sure enough, they followed through and at one point, I got the story from him about how rewarding it was.
After Bear left Tower to work in the electronics field (I remember when he told me he was going to move on), I lost touch. The years then roll by. Eventually, in the last couple of years, I got re-aquainted  with Bill Larsen and one time I asked him if he kept in touch with Bear. He informed me of Bear's wine business and of his stroke and loss of mobility. I kept planning to look Bear up and take the time to get over to West Seattle and say hello. It wasn't until I got an email from another old Tower co-worker and mutual friend, Rob Weltzien, on January 19th, that I learned that Bear passed away on January 14th. Needless to say, I will always regret not getting a chance to see my old friend again, but I will be honored to be present at the memorial. I am deeply saddened and, although I never knew about his new family, I offer my deepest condolences.
Bear will always be with me through the records I bought from, and because, of him.    
  
Dell Gossett
Dell Gossett
Dear Bridget and Anna:

Bear's dying was relayed to me by Katie Lloyd last night. Kay and I were stunned and deeply saddened.  Please receive my warmest sympathies and thoughts. I kept thinking (selfishly) "But we hadn't been able to explore music TOGETHER yet!" Now I will have to consult his musical spirit in the universe and hope that I am sensitive enough and quiet enough to receive his guidance. I was so glad to read your notes about his life as we had not shared sufficient time for me to have learned very much. And what a life! Knowing that you connected with him, I can only hope to share more with you and Anna in the future order to take advantage of that spirit.

Kay and I both share our thoughts and grief along with Anna and you. It is a blessing to have known Bear.

With love,
Dell Gossett & Kay Kukowski
casey lynn
casey lynn
Bear was the reason that me and my husband love wine! We stopped in the wine shop one day to pick up a bottle for some reason. Being totally intimidated about wine we asked his opinion on what to get. We explained how we really didn't know much about wine or what a good wine was. He said these magic words to us "a good wine is one that you like. It doesn't matter what a critic says about it. It can be $10 a bottle or a $100, all that matters is that you like it." These words along with his coaching and valuable advice whenever we stopped by has made us wine lovers for life (and we even know a little something these days).

Thanks Bear for all the stories about wine and music. Your presence will be sadly missed here on earth, but where ever you go, I am sure you are enjoying life to the fullest.
Jim Davis
Jim Davis
Really don't know what to say - just came back to the CaringBridge page this a.m. to get an update & learned that Bear had passed... was glad to hear that he Bridgett, Anna and friends with him.

Met Bear while in the Boy Scouts, then in the Explorer Post (San Mateo, CA). Enjoyed a reunion w/ Bear in SM when he brought 5 bottles of select wines w/ him to celebrate (my wife learned at that party that she only likes the best wines!).

Will truly miss a good friend - and lots of character, charm, heart and love.

Jim Davis 
Shannon Flora
Shannon Flora
Dear Bridgett & Anna,


I hope you can still receive some  good thoughts about Bear although it has been nearly two years since he left us. We had moved to Vashon Island and did not hear about his passing until many months after.  I just stumbled upon this opoprtunity to share thoughts. On multiple occassions Bear  donated wine tastings for charitable causes and some were at our house. They were always festive fun affairs and something everyone looked forward to AND always a good fun raiser for charity. He dazzled with his personality, wit and trick of opening a bottle of wine with a big ole' sword (with varying degrees of success...but always entertaining). After moving, West Seattle Cellars was harder to get to on a regular basis. I hope you are doing well - he adored his girls. He gave so much to so many. Wishing your family all the best.
Lawrie, Curt and family Williams
Lawrie, Curt and family Williams
Hey Bridgett and Anna,

There's a poem from Wendell Berry I thought might be helpful;

Hope makes its little song:
   "And we will see him in
    The morning over there."
The voices cease, and we
Can do no more for him.
The light he was returns
Unto the Light that is.

Though now he has no time
For us, he stays with us
In time - a good in us
Learned from the good in him.

(in the Timbered Choir, pg 116)

Blessings,

Curt Williams
John Cowan
John Cowan
Dear Bridgett and Anna,

The memorial service was lovely and such a beautiful tribute to a Man whom I really did not know.  After I left the service I felt that I had finally met Bear.  Thank you so much for all you shared and how gracious you were in your hour of deep grief.  You and Anna remain in our prayers.
Deb Smith
Deb Smith
Dear Bridget and Anna,
I was so sorry to hear of Bear's passing.  He always had a smile and a great story to tell me.  His incredible love for life and his family was apparent in all he said and did.  I will miss him and wish you both peace in this difficult time.  Please call if you need anything.

Deb Smith 
Dell Gossett
Dell Gossett
Dear Bridget and Anna:

Bear's dying was relayed to me by Katie Lloyd last night. Kay and I were stunned and deeply saddened.  Please receive my warmest sympathies and thoughts. I kept thinking (selfishly) "But we hadn't been able to explore music TOGETHER yet!" Now I will have to consult his musical spirit in the universe and hope that I am sensitive enough and quiet enough to receive his guidance. I was so glad to read your notes about his life as we had not shared sufficient time for me to have learned very much. And what a life! Knowing that you connected with him, I can only hope to share more with you and Anna in the future order to take advantage of that spirit.

Kay and I both share our thoughts and grief along with Anna and you. It is a blessing to have known Bear.

With love,
Dell Gossett & Kay Kukowski
Jim Davis
Jim Davis
Really don't know what to say - just came back to the CaringBridge page this a.m. to get an update & learned that Bear had passed... was glad to hear that he Bridgett, Anna and friends with him.

Met Bear while in the Boy Scouts, then in the Explorer Post (San Mateo, CA). Enjoyed a reunion w/ Bear in SM when he brought 5 bottles of select wines w/ him to celebrate (my wife learned at that party that she only likes the best wines!).

Will truly miss a good friend - and lots of character, charm, heart and love.

Jim Davis 
Audrey Muller
Audrey Muller
It takes me time to be able to express my sorrow. I am truly sorry  for your lost.  Bear was a great person.

Many years ago there were three great men who were friends Gary, Jeff and Bear.  All of them had the love of music and many great dreams.  They had women who loved them.  I was one who felt that love.

I will never forget the love that the three had for each other. 

My thoughts have been with you this year, Audrey
Gary Rollins
Gary Rollins
I am a guitarist/singer/music educator and studio musician. I worked at Tower Records Queen Anne store in Seattle in the 1970s and early 1980s. I would sometimes be in contact with the University District store, as well. So I knew Bill Larsen, who became a good friend of Bear's when Bear came to work there. Bill may have introduced me to Bear, I can't recall. But, I used to talk with Bear at work when i was an assistant manager and there was inter-store business. Soon we discovered each other's interest in British folk and folk-rock music e.g. Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick. Bear became the import record buyer for the U-District store and because of his knowledge of the British folk stuff, that store had more selection of that genre than any other record store that I can think of. I am a huge record collector and I would buy a lot of import LPs from that store, simply because Bear kept such great stock of all this cool stuff. I look at my record collection today (maybe 30,000 records) and I know which ones I got from his "section". Much of the time I'd hang out with him when I could at the U-District store and he'd turn me on to some artist or tell me he got something in that I just had to have. He was always right about that!
Then there were concerts. We met up at the Vancouver Folk Festival in July 1983 at Jericho Beach with another buddy, Jeff Ratcheson, a musician who also worked at Tower Queen Anne for a time. Some great acts over the few days of the festival: Richard Thompson, Dave Swarbrick, Simon Nicol (all of Fairport fame), John Renbourn, Stephan Grossman etc. Another show of note: Dave Swarbrick and Simon Nicol at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle in 1984. Bear was with his wife, Dawn, whom I think he'd recently met, (I can't recall if they were married yet). But, I do remember that Fairport Convention, who began having annual reunion concerts during the month of August starting in 1981 in Cropredy, England, advertised tour packages from the U.S. in a Richard Thompson Fan Club newsletter called "Flypaper" that I subscribed to, as well. I believe it was at that Swarb/Nicol concert, that Bear told me they were going to go for it that summer (or maybe the next year, I can't recall). I always wanted to go to one of these events, but never took the plunge. Sure enough, they followed through and at one point, I got the story from him about how rewarding it was.
After Bear left Tower to work in the electronics field (I remember when he told me he was going to move on), I lost touch. The years then roll by. Eventually, in the last couple of years, I got re-aquainted  with Bill Larsen and one time I asked him if he kept in touch with Bear. He informed me of Bear's wine business and of his stroke and loss of mobility. I kept planning to look Bear up and take the time to get over to West Seattle and say hello. It wasn't until I got an email from another old Tower co-worker and mutual friend, Rob Weltzien, on January 19th, that I learned that Bear passed away on January 14th. Needless to say, I will always regret not getting a chance to see my old friend again, but I will be honored to be present at the memorial. I am deeply saddened and, although I never knew about his new family, I offer my deepest condolences.
Bear will always be with me through the records I bought from, and because, of him.    
  
casey lynn
casey lynn
Bear was the reason that me and my husband love wine! We stopped in the wine shop one day to pick up a bottle for some reason. Being totally intimidated about wine we asked his opinion on what to get. We explained how we really didn't know much about wine or what a good wine was. He said these magic words to us "a good wine is one that you like. It doesn't matter what a critic says about it. It can be $10 a bottle or a $100, all that matters is that you like it." These words along with his coaching and valuable advice whenever we stopped by has made us wine lovers for life (and we even know a little something these days).

Thanks Bear for all the stories about wine and music. Your presence will be sadly missed here on earth, but where ever you go, I am sure you are enjoying life to the fullest.
Shannon Flora
Shannon Flora
Dear Bridgett & Anna,


I hope you can still receive some  good thoughts about Bear although it has been nearly two years since he left us. We had moved to Vashon Island and did not hear about his passing until many months after.  I just stumbled upon this opoprtunity to share thoughts. On multiple occassions Bear  donated wine tastings for charitable causes and some were at our house. They were always festive fun affairs and something everyone looked forward to AND always a good fun raiser for charity. He dazzled with his personality, wit and trick of opening a bottle of wine with a big ole' sword (with varying degrees of success...but always entertaining). After moving, West Seattle Cellars was harder to get to on a regular basis. I hope you are doing well - he adored his girls. He gave so much to so many. Wishing your family all the best.
Deb Smith
Deb Smith
Dear Bridget and Anna,
I was so sorry to hear of Bear's passing.  He always had a smile and a great story to tell me.  His incredible love for life and his family was apparent in all he said and did.  I will miss him and wish you both peace in this difficult time.  Please call if you need anything.

Deb Smith 
Audrey Muller
Audrey Muller
It takes me time to be able to express my sorrow. I am truly sorry  for your lost.  Bear was a great person.

Many years ago there were three great men who were friends Gary, Jeff and Bear.  All of them had the love of music and many great dreams.  They had women who loved them.  I was one who felt that love.

I will never forget the love that the three had for each other. 

My thoughts have been with you this year, Audrey
John Cowan
John Cowan
Dear Bridgett and Anna,

The memorial service was lovely and such a beautiful tribute to a Man whom I really did not know.  After I left the service I felt that I had finally met Bear.  Thank you so much for all you shared and how gracious you were in your hour of deep grief.  You and Anna remain in our prayers.
Gary Rollins
Gary Rollins
I am a guitarist/singer/music educator and studio musician. I worked at Tower Records Queen Anne store in Seattle in the 1970s and early 1980s. I would sometimes be in contact with the University District store, as well. So I knew Bill Larsen, who became a good friend of Bear's when Bear came to work there. Bill may have introduced me to Bear, I can't recall. But, I used to talk with Bear at work when i was an assistant manager and there was inter-store business. Soon we discovered each other's interest in British folk and folk-rock music e.g. Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick. Bear became the import record buyer for the U-District store and because of his knowledge of the British folk stuff, that store had more selection of that genre than any other record store that I can think of. I am a huge record collector and I would buy a lot of import LPs from that store, simply because Bear kept such great stock of all this cool stuff. I look at my record collection today (maybe 30,000 records) and I know which ones I got from his "section". Much of the time I'd hang out with him when I could at the U-District store and he'd turn me on to some artist or tell me he got something in that I just had to have. He was always right about that!
Then there were concerts. We met up at the Vancouver Folk Festival in July 1983 at Jericho Beach with another buddy, Jeff Ratcheson, a musician who also worked at Tower Queen Anne for a time. Some great acts over the few days of the festival: Richard Thompson, Dave Swarbrick, Simon Nicol (all of Fairport fame), John Renbourn, Stephan Grossman etc. Another show of note: Dave Swarbrick and Simon Nicol at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle in 1984. Bear was with his wife, Dawn, whom I think he'd recently met, (I can't recall if they were married yet). But, I do remember that Fairport Convention, who began having annual reunion concerts during the month of August starting in 1981 in Cropredy, England, advertised tour packages from the U.S. in a Richard Thompson Fan Club newsletter called "Flypaper" that I subscribed to, as well. I believe it was at that Swarb/Nicol concert, that Bear told me they were going to go for it that summer (or maybe the next year, I can't recall). I always wanted to go to one of these events, but never took the plunge. Sure enough, they followed through and at one point, I got the story from him about how rewarding it was.
After Bear left Tower to work in the electronics field (I remember when he told me he was going to move on), I lost touch. The years then roll by. Eventually, in the last couple of years, I got re-aquainted  with Bill Larsen and one time I asked him if he kept in touch with Bear. He informed me of Bear's wine business and of his stroke and loss of mobility. I kept planning to look Bear up and take the time to get over to West Seattle and say hello. It wasn't until I got an email from another old Tower co-worker and mutual friend, Rob Weltzien, on January 19th, that I learned that Bear passed away on January 14th. Needless to say, I will always regret not getting a chance to see my old friend again, but I will be honored to be present at the memorial. I am deeply saddened and, although I never knew about his new family, I offer my deepest condolences.
Bear will always be with me through the records I bought from, and because, of him.    
  
Dell Gossett
Dell Gossett
Dear Bridget and Anna:

Bear's dying was relayed to me by Katie Lloyd last night. Kay and I were stunned and deeply saddened.  Please receive my warmest sympathies and thoughts. I kept thinking (selfishly) "But we hadn't been able to explore music TOGETHER yet!" Now I will have to consult his musical spirit in the universe and hope that I am sensitive enough and quiet enough to receive his guidance. I was so glad to read your notes about his life as we had not shared sufficient time for me to have learned very much. And what a life! Knowing that you connected with him, I can only hope to share more with you and Anna in the future order to take advantage of that spirit.

Kay and I both share our thoughts and grief along with Anna and you. It is a blessing to have known Bear.

With love,
Dell Gossett & Kay Kukowski
casey lynn
casey lynn
Bear was the reason that me and my husband love wine! We stopped in the wine shop one day to pick up a bottle for some reason. Being totally intimidated about wine we asked his opinion on what to get. We explained how we really didn't know much about wine or what a good wine was. He said these magic words to us "a good wine is one that you like. It doesn't matter what a critic says about it. It can be $10 a bottle or a $100, all that matters is that you like it." These words along with his coaching and valuable advice whenever we stopped by has made us wine lovers for life (and we even know a little something these days).

Thanks Bear for all the stories about wine and music. Your presence will be sadly missed here on earth, but where ever you go, I am sure you are enjoying life to the fullest.
Jim Davis
Jim Davis
Really don't know what to say - just came back to the CaringBridge page this a.m. to get an update & learned that Bear had passed... was glad to hear that he Bridgett, Anna and friends with him.

Met Bear while in the Boy Scouts, then in the Explorer Post (San Mateo, CA). Enjoyed a reunion w/ Bear in SM when he brought 5 bottles of select wines w/ him to celebrate (my wife learned at that party that she only likes the best wines!).

Will truly miss a good friend - and lots of character, charm, heart and love.

Jim Davis 
Lawrie, Curt and family Williams
Lawrie, Curt and family Williams
Hey Bridgett and Anna,

There's a poem from Wendell Berry I thought might be helpful;

Hope makes its little song:
   "And we will see him in
    The morning over there."
The voices cease, and we
Can do no more for him.
The light he was returns
Unto the Light that is.

Though now he has no time
For us, he stays with us
In time - a good in us
Learned from the good in him.

(in the Timbered Choir, pg 116)

Blessings,

Curt Williams