Earlier today, I sent an email out to a group I administer and got this reply back (regarding William Tasker): Hello Judy, my name is Jim and I am a friend and neighbor of William and Jayne here in Florida. I am using his computer for this, and I posted something to read on his blog page for all to see, but I have no idea how this board of his works. If you could copy and paste it to the proper place it would be appreciated. But to let you know exactly why this needs to be read, William passed away Monday night, suddenly and unexpectedly. There is more information in the blog, but basically it seems he passed from a major heart attack. I know how much he loved this group of people and his photography, so I felt it was important to let the others know. If you could do that for me, I would appreciate it.
Good day. My name is Jim, and I am a friend of William. It is with deepest sorrow that I have to inform you of his passing last night. Needless to say, it was quite sudden and unexpected. William loved being a part of this group of talented people, and took great pride in what he learned over the years as well. Photography was new to him, but he took to it like the proverbial duck to water and he was happiest when he was sitting outside getting some amazing shots! Someone will now have to take over the reins for him and run this exceptional board. I pray that you will be able to keep it to the high quality standards that William did. His widow Jayne, is understandably dazed at this turn of events, lost, not knowing what to do or what direction to go right now. Together they were an amazing couple, now the sparkle is gone. In lieu of flowers or fruit baskets, if you wish to send a donation it would be most appreciated I am certain, to help defray costs at this time. Information is: Jayne Tasker, 1225 NW 21st Street, Apartment 1711, Stuart, FL 34994. Prayers would also be appreciated for healing and peace for Jayne. Thank you for your time reading, any help is appreciated.
I am sending my deepest condolences to William's family. His own photography is obviously stunning, and yet he took the time to feature and comment on many of our images in his "Wild Birds of the World" group. This is a shock.
Am so shocked and saddened learning of William's passing.
William will be remembered as a man of faith, superb nature photographer and a tremendous inspiration and encouragement to countless people through the Wild Birds of the World group he hosted so beautifully and to many more on Fine Art America.
My prayers and thoughts are with his family particularly during this incredibly difficult time.
Oh my! That is terrible news and incredibly shocking. William was a real sweetheart of a man. His gentle and kind spirit shone through every message he wrote. He really had a way of making people feel special.
My sincere condolences to Jayne and the rest of his family. So sad.
In shock!! What an wonderful, kind, thoughtful man William was, and passionate about birds and all God's creation. His descriptions were educational and his photography was spectacular. My prayers and thoughts to you, Jayne, and your family, for comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Oh no ... Judy thank you so much for passing this info along. I'm just devastated. He was an absolute delight ... always so supportive. So fun. What a light has gone out for us all. Bless him. Bless his loved ones. Bless us all who knew and enjoyed and appreciated him.
Such sad news to hear. My sincere condolences to William's wife, family and friends. He was such a great supporter for me on social media and a passionate group administrator. He will truly be missed here on FAA.
Very sad news. My heart goes out to his family. I know him not but he sounds like someone whose passing tears a giant hole into the the fabric of his family and community and who quite likely will also be mourned by the natural world around him that he loved so much.
I'm shattered. What a special man he was. Not long after I joined FAA, he sent me an email of encouragement, saying that he'd noticed an improvement in my work over time. I loved his group posts, and it was always a great thrill to get a Wowie! You will be missed, William.
I am so saddened to hear this news. My condolences are with his wife, family and friends during this difficult time. William was always kind and encouraging & was a wonderful group host for “Wild Birds of the World”. He will be missed by his FAA friends!
I'm still in shock from my sister dying the same day. I didn't remember at first how awesome an administrator William was and how much I appreciated his support of my bird contributions. He was a wonderful man and I will miss him so very much here. I am so sorry he is gone.
How awful. My condolences to his wife and family and friends. He was a very talented photographer and I think the best group administrator on FAA. He was passionate about the quality and accuracy of submissions to his group. I will miss his weekly posts. Although I knew him only through this community, I communicated with him privately a couple of times and felt I knew him as a friend. RIP William.
So very sad and sorry to read this. I looked forward to his emails - they were always so full of warmth, intelligence, humor, support and kindness which is how he administered his group and seemed to live each day. Prayers and condolences to his wife Jayne and his family and friends. Rest in Peace William.
Very sad news indeed, he did a superb job as the Wild Birds of the World group administrator, came across as a lovely guy who lived life to the full and really loved his birds and nature generally. Deepest sympathies to his wife, family and friends and RIP
I am in absolute shock to learn of William's death. He was a wonderful group administrator and a good friend to me. His humor and gentle spirit were an inspiration to all of us who knew him. Dear William ... you will be missed more than you know. Sending heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Jayne and family. Godspeed, William.
What a huge loss... He was my favorite group administrator on FAA... always thoughtful, always putting so much effort into it, always kind, and funny too... he has felt like a friend. And his photos so clearly show his love of nature and wildlife; especially birds.
I will miss you very much, William. May you rest in peace... and join your spirit to the great ONE. I am holding you and your wife and family in the light. My deepest condolences to William's loved ones.
Seeing this thread a few days ago was very unsettling. I am not a bird photographer, but have a few in William's group. He sometimes went out of his way to look and comment on my landscapes. He was an excellent group administrator. I don't know if his wife or neighbors will ever see this thread, but if they do, lots of people beyond your familiarity deeply appreciated the character, talent, and humor of your loved one. My condolences.
I just saw this and it is so sad. William always had a kind word to say, always encouraging and always made such positive comments and feedbacks. My condolence to his family.
He was truly a knight among men. We know not our timing of our departure. He will be remembered by this soul a long time for his kindness. Doug