I am sad to report that we have lost Bootlegger. He was suffering from lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma, a form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The lymphomas had spread throughout his lungs and also his kidneys. Dialysis was, in his case, very complicated and was putting an intolerable strain on his heart. He died earlier today, Wednesday May 18. The only good news is that he had been sedated for the last ten days and did not suffer.
Boot was, as Stanford once said, the heart and soul of bj21. He was generous with his knowledge and his time. Although he generally had an opinion, he knew how to express it in a way which offended no one and always left the door open for discussion. I have known Boot since 1996. I have played with him, dined with him, laughed with him and even sang with him. He has given of his time and talent, singing and pickin' at various Green Chip parties across the country since 1998. He and his wife have been friends to my wife and me for a long time. Truly one of the good guys, I will miss him.
His wife, Dianna has okayed the posting of her home address for those who wish to send a card or condolences:
1289 Waycross Rd.
Cincinnati OH 45240-2920