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Remembering Shawn...
« on: May 18, 2012, 11:46:26 AM »
I have just received an upsetting PM on Facebook from Shawn's (whyweigh) brother, informing me that Shawn has lost his battle with polychondritis. 

I am at a true loss for words, other than to say that getting to know Shawn has been an absolute pleasure over these many years.  He always had a smile on his face, which was incredible, knowing how much he was suffering for so many years.  Yet, he persevered so long and fought so courageously that his strength is a lasting inspiration to me.  He was a good soul and the type of friend who comes around very rarely in life - utterly loyal, genuinely caring, and completely full of life. 

We'll miss you, buddy.  Rest in peace.

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    You don't know me but you were acquainted with my brother Shawn Williams. I'm sending this message to as many of the people that knew him as I can reach in the hopes of getting the word out to everyone who knew Shawn and grew to know him as a friend. Shawn passed away last night after his 9 year battle with relapsing polychondritis at around 8pm. No arrangements have been made yet but once they are I will share them with anyone that is interested. Email me at williams.dave@hotmail.com if you would like information on the viewing, funeral service, etc, when those things are decided.

    Shawn was such an amazingly strong, thoughtful, and upbeat individual in spite of the cards he was dealt by life. I know the people he touched in life would want to know of his passing, that's why I'm reaching out... But I don't know everyone. If you know anyone that would want to know but I can't reach on Facebook, please let them know.
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Re: Remember Shawn...
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2012, 11:47:38 AM »
Oh no.  Rest in peace Shawn  :cry:

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Re: Remembering Shawn...
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2012, 11:48:33 AM »
RIP Shawn.  We will miss you my friend. 
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Re: Remembering Shawn...
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2012, 11:48:33 AM »
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Absolutely awful. 

RIP Shawn. 
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Re: Remembering Shawn...
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2012, 11:50:35 AM »
 :cry:

What a genuinely good human.

Rest In Peace, dude.
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Re: Remembering Shawn...
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2012, 11:51:41 AM »
Only met him once but he seemed like a really mellow and nice guy in person and of course he was always good to have around here.

Dude was a very talented photographer too.

Sad news, RIP. 
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Re: Remembering Shawn...
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2012, 11:52:34 AM »
Oh man, I'm so out of touch with what has been happening in these parts that I did not even know the extent of Shawn's medical issues.  He was a truly good and kind person, I am better for the little I got to know him.
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Re: Remembering Shawn...
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2012, 12:01:24 PM »
Wow, this sucks. What a good dude, those of us who loved his photography will keep his spirit alive through his art.
I only met Shawn once, but I wish I could have spent more time with such a genuinely great guy.
I was unaware of his fight other than the car accident, but this couldn't have happened to a better person.
RIP Shawn, you will be missed.
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Re: Remembering Shawn...
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2012, 12:02:27 PM »
Wow. I am completely at a loss for words. Rest in peace, my brother.
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Re: Remembering Shawn...
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2012, 12:06:57 PM »
Wow.  This is a shame.  I never had a chance to meet him, but loved his photography. 

RIP Shawn.

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Re: Remembering Shawn...
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2012, 12:14:17 PM »
Looking through his flickr galleries... he had a photographer's eye, no doubt. Incredibly creative.

Anyway, thought I'd post this pic... I will miss seeing him at shows. I always ran into him. Every show I went to in the last couple of years.

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Re: Remembering Shawn...
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2012, 12:16:34 PM »
One of my favorite parts about Shawn was that he was one of the really dedicated people to the band.  I can remember him asking me if could arrive in Atlanta early last year for the shows.  The guy drove solo from PA to Atlanta in one day.  He showed up at my apartment around 1am.  It was mind blowing to see him be in such physical pain but at the same time so liberated by the music of Phish.  He'd always be in the corner of the apartment while Scott and I are sitting on the couch just being super crazy, a small shit eating grin on his face as he watched us be mad.  Despite his hearing, I think you could just tell the guy loved life and being in the moment in life. 

The hotel debacle from NYE '10 is another great memory I have of hanging with Shawn.  Having to scramble on the 31st of December to find lodging in Manhattan, after we were kicked out of one hotel.  I'll never forget, the 180 of feeling so fucked to victory.  We lucked out and pulled a room at the Hotel Penn for the 31st and 1st.  After the paug brunch on the 1st, I remember meeting Shawn at a pub right by our hotel, and we had a beer while he was waiting on a bunch of people from phishposters to meet him.  And again, despite his physical handicaps, it was this sort of zeal that I did come to admire about him.  The man lived life as best he could, and overcoming all odds.  I always had the utmost respect for him because as others have mentioned, he was a genuinely good human being with such a warm and caring heart. 
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Re: Remembering Shawn...
« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2012, 12:20:07 PM »
totally shocked by this....   


id say it was close to a decade ago when i first met shawn in person.  i dont recall the show, but i think phish was still on hiatus1.  moe. or yonder or something...


such a positive person despite all of his medical problems, dude always wanted to just keep moving, get to the next show, etc, etc.  never heard him complain, just kept moving...


so sad today.

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Re: Remembering Shawn...
« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2012, 12:20:39 PM »
Wow. Only met Shawn a couple of times but was really a great pleasant dude. RIP Bro.

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Re: Remembering Shawn...
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2012, 12:21:33 PM »
Very sad to hear of Shawn's passing. His perseverance through his health issues to be where he wanted and do what he wanted in life can teach us all something. His art and his dedication will be missed.

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