Eulogy From San Francisco Hiking Club

To: Members of the San Francisco Hiking Club
From: Paul Lee

I'm very sad to announce that Bill Choisser, creator of our club web site and one of the earliest members of our club, passed away last Tuesday morning, May 17, after going though many medical problems recently due to the muscle disease Myositis that he's had for 10 years.  His husband, Larry, spent many hours at his side during these last days.

You are all invited to a viewing on Friday evening, May 20, from 6 to 9 pm at Sullivans Funeral Home, 2254 Market Street, San Francisco.  Please come and say goodbye to Bill.  There will be no funeral service.  Bill will be buried on Saturday, May 21, at 2:30 pm at Woodlawn Memorial Park, 1000 El Camino Real in Colma.

If you'd like to see some heart warming posts and pictures regarding Bill, you'll find them on Facebook (just search for Bill Choisser or Larry Kenney), the Long Hair HyperCard ( and the Hot Boots message board (

I remember Bill from many hikes years ago.  We spent one lovely evening on the rocks on Corona heights watching an eclipse of the moon.  If Bill ever acted like he didn't recognize you, it's because he suffered from Prosopagnosia, or Face Blindness, the inability to recognize faces.  It was a connection that we had since a have a mild form of the same thing.  I will miss him.

Paul Lee

Some memories from Michael La Point, one of our early club presidents:

I remember him from the very early days of the Club, back in the early 80's.  Each month the club gathered at Bill and Larry's home for our monthly "stick and lick".  Bill was way ahead of most of us on his technological talents.  We all marveled at his ability to maintain the electronic member database, and the printing of address labels (that was a huge thing that time).  We had many fun evenings at their home, putting together the newsletters and talking about upcoming trips and outings.  Bill was a very active and devoted member of the club, and instrumental in leading many great City hikes.  His trademark annual hike was his "7 hills of San Francisco".  This was the first hike I ever went on with the Club back in late 1983 and Bill is one of the first people I met when I moved to the City.  Many very fond memories...

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