Monday, September 01, 2008

Sherwin and the Mortal Coil

My friend Sherwin Tilton died the other evening. He had been battling cancer of the kidneys for nearly 2 years.He was a brilliant, sweet and funny guy who I have known since we were kids.

Sherwin left Rio Nada a number of years ago to pursue a career in film making and almost instantly made a name for himself with a film starring Karen Black. Rio Nada was proud.

I last spoke with him at a high school reunion a few years ago in Ontario, Ca. He was trim and fit and looked none the worse for wear.

He will be buried Thursday in a cemetery called Hollywood Forever.


Blogger Donita Smith said...

Wow, Hollywood Forever? I didn't know they had the space for any newcomers. It seems I go by there a lot on my way to all these LA shows I go to. I'd love to take a tour someday. If I ever do I'll look Sherwin up and say hey.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bill, I am so sorry to hear about Sherwin. He was such a good guy, always of good cheer and a unique individualwith lots of talent. I coresponded with him about 5 years ago and he seemed to be doing so well. I went to Alcott with him! I know how close you two were. He left us too young. Debra Turnbull

6:43 PM  
Blogger Billy Canary said...

Hi Debbie! How are you?

I hadn't seen Sherwin in a long time. But,I agree completely, he was always of good cheer. And what a circle of friends he had. Long time friends.

His passing reminds me of Shelly Withey. Another sweet and friendly person who had the greatest smile. The last time I saw Shelly, she was with Cheryl Hall (I think). It was at the Bear Flag Cafe. She was ill but she looked great. That smile!

Keep in Touch, OK? XO.

10:12 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

We will never see anyone like Sherwin again; and, so, his absence leaves everyone he touched with an unfillable void.
We will remember...and miss him....always.


5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, too, felt saddened by the news of Sherwin's passing. I first met him about 1962 or 63. I remember him as a shy boy when we were involved in the Riverside Children's Theater. I do not remember from him Alcott (I am two years younger), but later befriended him as a teen at Poly and kept in contact in my college years through mutual friends in the area. Heard from him about six years ago--he sent a picture of his son. A very proud and loving father! My condolences to his friends and dear ones. (Jennifer in Connecticut)

3:43 PM  

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