In memoriam – Will Wojenski

© John Gellman

My friend, Will, battled depression for many years until he couldn’t take it any more. He took his life here in Asheville on October 31st. He was 22. I met Will not long after he moved to the area to attend Warren Wilson College a few years ago. He used to hang out in front of the Flatiron Building, where my studio is located, and there are some tables, chairs, and an electrical outlet. We are both night owls and it was not unusual for me to find him there charging his phone or laptop when I was leaving late at night. He  eventually dropped out of school and turned his attention to busking. Will was extremely smart and funny too, so we became friends.  He liked to sing and play his guitar, eat fettuccine alfredo, have conversations about science and things I largely did not understand, and watch movies. He had a kind heart. I will miss him.

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Bill Wojenski - Thank you John, that was beautiful. What a great photo to remember him by. I’m so glad that we got to meet, that I got to know you and learn about Wills life. He couldn’t have had a better friend.

Wills Dad, Bill Wojenski

Bridget - Thanks for the pic and post. I met Billy when he was 22 months old. I loved playing with hi. I always enjoyed him. I witnessed his suffering. I also saw good things in his life like his long bike rides, his wit and brilliance. I had never heard him play guitar. I’m really wanted to see him again and hear him play. Thanks for your post and pic.

Susan Carroll - Thank you John.

Cristy Thomas - John- this is beautiful. Thank you for being there for my cousin. Thank you for taking the time to talk with my dad when he was looking for Billy in April. I am so happy to know that he spent his time in Asheville doing what he loved with people who cared so much about him.

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