A Tribute: Bill Kurkowski (1983 – 2010)

William J. Kurkowski, better known as Bill or Billy, was one the greatest people I’ve ever known.  Not only was he incredibly talented musically, he was an amazing artist & writer, and the best friend I could ever ask for. His room was always scattered with band posters, sketches & drawings, and his writings, along with other things. He was brilliant, well-spoken, warm, fuzzy…just over all an amazing person to be around. He could make you smile in an instant, and make you laugh so hard you would be crying. We first met as infants, drinking baby bottles together on the sofa. From there on our friendship grew and blossomed into something one could only dream of. I’ve never had a friend like him, and I feel honored to this day to have had him in my life. He never knew it, but many wished to be like him, to be friends with him, to simply know him. He still lives on, forever, in my heart, and the hearts of many. In honor of Bill, me, along with a few close friends & family have put together this tribute post to him, to celebrate his life, on this very special day. He would’ve been 28 today. Happy birthday, Bill. We forever love and miss you!
Left to Right: Me, Doreen, Bill. Bottom: Mike.

<p><p><p><p><p><a href=”http://fliesongreyvelvet.bandcamp.com/track/demo-1″>Demo #1 by Flies On Grey Velvet</a></p></p></p></p></p>

This song was composed & performed by Bill & his brother, Mike. Mike reminds me so much of Bill, it’s incredible. Before September last year, the last time I had seen Mike he was a little guy. I was so surprised to see him so grown up. I’m so glad that he was able to contribute to this post, in memory of his brother, Bill.

Sunset by Don Foley
Sunset by Don Foley
“In every sunset I always hear Bill saying – “Everything’s alright, that’s so cool…..”
He is always with us to give us a smile …..”

<p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><a href=”http://roryb.bandcamp.com/track/what-god-tried-to-do”>what god tried to do by Rory B.</a></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p>
“By me for him. from our influences. Folk to funk to keith to volta and back. Touting the values of the noises and screaming as much as the melody. This is for the memory of places far too connected to us & no others. iIbough a strat. He bought a strat. He bought an amp. I bought the same one. he bought a sampler. I bought a sampler. He bought a boss drum machine. Obviously so did I. He was a one man band. I tried to be too. his ears were the intended audience of this when i first stumbled upon it in my room with him 2 or more years ago. They are still the intended audience of the product, albeit they may be harder to reach. I love everything that will make sense to nobody but me now, and I love that because of the years of life & music we discovered together that I can make this and feel confident that if anything bridges the gap between me & Billy K, it’s this. Professor you forever are my family & best friend. If ghosts are real, I beg you haunt my home. I miss you beyond explanation.


To be honest and true I’ll be honored to prove that the bonds will never loosen in my times without you, despite what god tried to do…” – Bill Fitzgerald







About Kirstin Marie

Hi, I'm Kirstin (pronounced - Keer-stin)! Shoe crazed, animal lovin', vintage addict, and I love dressing up. I live in the moment, and thrive on change & challenges. Contributor to Lucky Magazine & The Curvy Fashionista. Stylist | Plus Size Fashion & Style Blogger | Events Coordinator | Lighting Designer.
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4 Responses to A Tribute: Bill Kurkowski (1983 – 2010)

  1. What a lovely tribute! He sounds like a wonderful person to have known. That photo of you all as kids is super sweet!

  2. Adrienne says:

    What a beautiful tribute Kirstin! Bill sounds like an amazing person to have had in your life, I love the Flies on Gray Velvet.

  3. Wow, this is so beautiful Kirstin. Bill sounds like a truly amazing guy. I love the song he composed with his brother too. I’m so sorry for your loss but how you remember him is beautiful. xx

  4. Kara says:

    He sounded like a great guy.. so sorry you lost him. This is a really nice tribute to him though :)

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