My Story

Bill is forever in our hearts. Friends and colleagues, please feel free to express your love to Bill and his family. Your thoughts and words are so appreciated at this time.

Here we can let his family know how much we are thinking of them, and we can share our memories.  Enjoy the many of us have pix of our many good times with Bill. 

This is an album of love. Again, feel free to sign the 'guestbook' with your thoughts for Bill and his family.

Thank you, everyone.  Thank you, Bill.  Peace.


James Frost signed William's Guestbook.

So good to be able hear Billy play still. What a heart. What a sound. We are so lucky to have been in touch with him. . Read more

Priscilla Allen signed William's Guestbook.

It was my fortunate decision to attend the Symphony memorial for Bill yesterday.  I had watched Bill from his early years with the Symphony because he exuded a charming ... Read more

sara parker signed William's Guestbook.

I heard the news on the radio at my cousin's home in San Francisco one gloomy morning. I attended Bill's wedding; his wife was a friend from elementary school where she ... Read more

Tom Smith signed William's Guestbook.

I always looked forward to seeing Mr. Bennett on stage; he was one of my most favorite of all the musicians. I am so sorry. Read more

Marcia Charles-Mo signed William's Guestbook.

For some reason, I decided to look at the SF Symphony website tonight. I was shocked to read about Bill's death. I have been the pediatrician for his boys since they were ... Read more

Jim Grandy signed William's Guestbook.

I was a student oboist in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra in the early 80's and William taught section rehearsals a few times a season. I remember him fondly, ... Read more

Susan Bailey signed William's Guestbook.

My husband was driving our three-year-old granddaughter home and listening to KDFC when the broadcast of Bill’s recent beautiful performance of the Strauss Oboe Concerto ... Read more

Greg Baker signed William's Guestbook.

Family, Friends and colleagues of William Bennett: Such a sad story. Please accept my deepest condolences on your sudden and tragic loss. I am a clarinet player from the ... Read more

Rich Manjoney signed William's Guestbook.

To Bill's wife and children, I've read all of the moving messages about your husband/father. Although I'm deeply saddened for your loss I also feel a sense of melancholy ... Read more

Robin McKee signed William's Guestbook.

I remember when Bill joined the SFSO.  I had joined just a few years earlier.   He was a beautiful player and a beautiful person.  Definitely a guy who had a true ... Read more

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