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Chuck Nessa

My Friend Hot Ptah has passed.

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His name was Bill DeBauche. His daughter posted this on FaceBook - obit.

Rooster knew him as well.

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He was a fine contributor to this board.  RIP

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Sad news. Really enjoyed his contributions. RIP. My condolences to his family and friends. 

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Very sad news. 

How old was he?

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1 hour ago, BillF said:

Very sad news. 

How old was he?

65, see Chucks link. Thats an aweful thing and way too young. I also remember him as a fine contributor to the board! 

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I'll miss his posts here.

From his Facebook page, it looks like his death may have been related to or due to Covid. In his last post, he wrote that he was having a rough time with it even though he was vaccinated and boosted.

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Posted (edited)

I am very sorry to hear this. I think Hot Ptah was a very long term member of the board from at least 2006 and he was a good contributor.

Edited by sidewinder

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Sad news. I've corresponded with him and he was a fine man. My best to all his family and friends.

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Very sad to hear this news, Bill was a nice guy.

I also recall his last post about Covid but also believe I recall a mention here or on Facebook about Multiple Myeloma and if that were true its easy to imagine that a Covid infection could be much more dangerous.  RIP.

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R.I.P.

This is a heavy loss for the board. My sincere condolences to his family and fiends.

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Condolences to all of Bill's family and friends. I'll miss interacting with him here.

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33 minutes ago, Dan Gould said:

Very sad to hear this news, Bill was a nice guy.

I also recall his last post about Covid but also believe I recall a mention here or on Facebook about Multiple Myeloma and if that were true its easy to imagine that a Covid infection could be much more dangerous.  RIP.

Cancer sucks. Cancer plus Covid must've really sucked. Damn. Too young.

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I knew Bill through the board better than in person, though I saw him at a few jazz shows about 5 times total over 8 years.

He was a nice and thoughtful guy, and very kind. Joe, my dearest friend in Kansas City, knew Bill quite a bit better than I did — and he introduced us in about 2004 (and Joe called me about Bill’s passing last night).

Bill and his (then) wife had an adult son with developmental challenges (who required their constant supervision), and they made the brave decision not to institutionalize him. This kept Bill from going to very many live shows (maybe once a month, at most). And I think every time I saw Bill in person it was at The Blue Room in KC (and he always brought his son with him, which was usually challenging, and only enabled Bill to stay for one set, at most — and sometimes he had to leave early even from that one set).

But I never saw Bill ever complain, or show anything but an infinite amount of patience with his son. A truly remarkable father.

I also never had the opportunity to get to know Bill much in person — and knew him far better from his presence on the board (and also on the Steve Hoffman Forums).

Bill always seemed like one of the nicest guys you could ever think of.

Edited by Rooster_Ties

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Very sorry to hear this. Liked his posts here.

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Irreplaceable.

Damn.

Condolences to the survivors.

If anybody hears of a memorial fund or some such, please post here.

RIP.

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Terrible news. My condolences to his family and friends. RIP 

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23 minutes ago, kh1958 said:

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been set up with the Wisconsin Alumni Association, Kansas City Chapter. Gifts may be made in Bill’s name at: https://secure.supportuw.org/give/?id=a79b1ee9-305e-45d2-8b2c-ef7a6c5e5a75.

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Wow, this is quite sad.  Though local, I did not know him well, but echo what Rooster and others have said.  Such a gentle, patient man with his son.  His opinions were always his and I respected him for that.

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Very sorry to hear this. I really liked his posts.

RIP and my  sincere condolences to his family.

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Wow, such sad news. Way too young. Always liked his presence here though I don't think I got to know him outside of his posts.

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