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BILL JONES REMEMBRANCE

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."-Joseph Campbell

I have never known another person like Bill Jones. He gave so much to the world, creating a dialog [sic] for our time. I imagine a golden light when he was born. God was giving the earth a true piece of Himself. He is an inspiration. Bill seemed to have transcended the pitfalls that get most people lost. I remember him from my days serving popcorn at the Naro. A humble man, always warm and inviting with a smile that lasted all day, laughter that embraced a room. He filled us with a sense of comradeship, with his charisma and bow tie, holding the microphone to lead the Sunday morning Film Forum. He did what a great leader did. He gave us a sacred place to come together and talk. He wove a community throughout our city.

I can hear his voice encouraging the brave to think, to ask the questions, to find the place where our common humanity seems to outshine anything else. I remember watching people following him wrapped in conversation-he listened. No voice was weak, no thought too simple. He begged us to dig beyond the surface, look at ourselves and give.

Bill was a father, a leader, a gift to the spirit and to the intellectual mind. He was always challenged, always on point, gently reminding us of the wisdom, dignity, and kindness that came before us and shines within us.

We are always given the opportunity to express gratitude and love toward others, but we forget or imagine we can get around it for a later day. However, it is the expression in the present moment that is most important. I am sorry that I never told him how thankful I am to have known him.

We both were Thomas Merton fans, but Bill could quote him by heart and he shared many quotes with me. I find this most appropriate now. "What makes me most glad is that we all recognize each other in this metaphysical space of silence and happening, and get some sense, for a moment that we are full of paradise without knowing it."

Wherever he is, there is Heaven. There is peace. I will miss you, Bill!!

- Teresa Sharp, former Naro staffer (reprinted from Port Folio)



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