William Richard Fiorini
Died Saturday June 4, 2011 at age 69
Kirsten Skiles posted this email to the blacksmithing community at 6:12am on the 2nd of June 2011:
Bill was in the hospital being treated for a very serious nocardia infection
in his right lung and thyroid. He was recovering slowly, but definitely
showing progress. Very early Wednesday morning he had a massive stroke on
the right side of his brain. Even if he did survive and recover, he would
not have anything close to the life and function that he wanted.
We've decided to choose comfort care only and inpatient hospice care. Please
feel free to let his old friends know. I don't have the energy to look up
names and numbers. I would prefer not to get a lot of calls right now
Bill wanted to be cremated and was adamantly against a wake and funeral.
Finances permitting, Bill's older daughter Danielle and I would like to plan
a memorial party (or hammer in?) back in La Crosse later in the summer.
He's resting peacefully in hospice right now. I'll let you know how things
Sadly Bill passed away early Saturday Morning June 4, 2011.
Here is a link to his obiturary:
Next time you light a fire in your forge, take a moment to reflect on Bill's life, accomplishments, and contributions to the blacksmithing community and also those other smiths you know that have passed on as well.