Obituary: Eric Gill, Fallen Culture Warrior

The picture is of Eric Gill, artist and inventor, standing in front of the old adobe house he had been trying to rebuild for many years. He is survived by his children Shawn Gill,  Dale Gill, Heather Gill and 5 grandchildren. He is also survived by his father  Joe Gill and sister  Mary Smith, ex wives Sharon and Cecily and long time domestic partner Barbara. He was born 11/13/1939. He died on July 9th 2015. Contributing factors were: infected dog bite, arteriosclerosis, and years of stress from struggling with code enforcement in the effort to rebuild his historic adobe house. He was always willing to try new ideas and help friends in need. There was no subject on which he was not an avid and intelligent conversationalist. In his last days he had been studying, “Mud, Space And Spirit, handmade adobes” by Virginia Gray and Alan Macrae, Photography, Wayne McCall, Capra Press, 1976, Santa Barbara.  He told me once, if you live in a place made of real dirt and real wood you can find peace.  I hope he has found it at last.

Picture of Eric Gill

2 thoughts on “Obituary: Eric Gill, Fallen Culture Warrior”

  1. I had the pleasure of working with Eric for several years and called him my friend. He was generous and rather soft spoken. He introduced me to the folk music of Huddie Ledbetter. He is fondly remembered.


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