Two years ago, after having shown signs of dementia for a couple of years, he posed for me in a photo studio in Richmond. He had on the same shirt that day, too! He was a real actor at heart. Even though he didn't make a whole lot of sense when he spoke back in 2009, he still had his sense of humor and charisma, as he did nearly to the end.
A few days prior to this session, I read some selections from his "stories". I published these wonderful stories from his childhood as Billy: Stories of my childhood and have done several readings of them in Germany and in the US. Here are a couple of photos from the reading.
|My father and I with his second wife, Patti, at Book People, a local book store that helped organize the event.|
|My father at the reading after signing copies of his book. |
The reading took place in the chapel at St. Christopher's School in Richmond, where he worked during the 1980s.
|He was still lucid enough to be able to sign his name.|
|We all enjoyed the dinner afterward.|