Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bill Bantey's Obituary in the Globe and Mail

Not until today did I find Bill Bantey's obituary in the Globe and Mail.

Here's a link to his wife Judy's obituary in The (Montreal) Gazette.  She died on February 13, 2011, at the age of 83, just 2 1/2 months after her husband Bill.

Bill Bantey did not want me to include in my article on the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts the dinner that he made for Judy and me in their home.  It was a five course meal that began at 6.30 in the evening and lasted until 1 o'clock in the morning.  Bill, recently out of the hospital and not well-enough to go out to a restaurant, prepared the entire meal for us and would not let either of us do a thing.  He vacillated between being gruff with us and being charming.  We had such a good time the three of us.  And their home was filled with beautiful art displayed in the most casual way.

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