Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rest In Peace: Andy Williams

Sad news:

National Treasure Andy Williams dies of Bladder Cancer at age 84, FoxNews.com

Crooner Andy Williams has died at the age of 84.
"Legendary singer Andy Williams passed away last night (Tuesday) at home in Branson, Missouri following a year long battle with bladder cancer," his rep said in a statement to FoxNews.com.
Williams built the Moon River Theatre in Branson in 1992, naming it after his most popular song.
Williams said in November 2011 that he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer.

The Wife worked for 2 years at the Moon River Theatre in Branson in 1997 & 1998.  I got to play a round of golf with Williams, his brother and a local Branson comedian during the time.  I used to see him almost every night when I'd go and pick up my wife from the theater after shows.  He'd hop into his Lexus with his two German Wirehaired Pointers and drive off down the hill.

One weekend, my parents and family came up to Branson to visit and watch the Wife in the show.  When Andy heard our family was in town he invited us to come backstage after the show and meet w/him in his dressing room.  My Mother was a big fan of his and was very excited.  As we walked into his (very nice) dressing room we were greeted by his two dogs.  In a few minutes Mr. Williams came in wearing a bath robe, and cowboy boots.  We laughed and talked with him for several minutes, he was a gracious and kind host.

When we left the room my Mom realized that she had been carrying her camera in her hand for the entire time but had forgotten to take a picture.  We still laugh about that one.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and other loved ones.



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