Will Tillman Memorial Fund

$1,565 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 25 months
Nicholas Dowd
on behalf of Holly Tillman
 STEWARTSTOWN, PA

On Dec. 20th, 2016 William Tillman lost his battle with depression and died by suicide. At 66 years of age, Will had given so much to the world, but still had so much more to give. We will forever remember him for his great wit and sense of humor, his genius and creativity, and the love he had for his family. If anyone knows Will, they will agree that there is no one on Earth like him and there never will be again. 

I would like to raise funds to lessen the financial burden on his family. In addition to the deep emotional loss that we face each day, there was a financial loss as well -- Will was the primary breadwinner for many years and his work kept his family afloat. The mortgage on the house has 90,000 remaining, and there are many business and personal debts that remain. In addition, there are funeral expenses. Debbie Tillman, his wife, works full time and is the caretaker for her mother -- a full time job in itself. Despite working full time Debbie is still unable to fully make ends meet. Her son, Tench Tillman, is in his final stretches of college, which is tremendously demanding itself.

There are many memories tied to that home, and after living there for over 30 years, so much of who Will was is tied to it. The goal of this Gofundme is to keep his family in their home. That will help keep his memory -- all of the great things he has done -- alive.





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I want to take a second to thank everyone that has contributed. People have really come out of the woodwork to show support. That is a testament to what a great man Will was, and the lives that he touched in such a profound way.
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Berry McWhorter
17 months ago

Will made me two shells back around October of last year. I'd love to pay for them and send some money your way. Hope all is well, and I'm so sorry for your loss.

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Joe Mekler
25 months ago

I knew Will through the vintage drum world. He used one of my Rolling Bomber WWII drums to create the tools necessary to reproduce some of the most amazing reproductions available. He was a true craftsman and carpentry genius with the skills and knowledge to accomplish his creative goals. I have Holly Debbie and Tench in my thoughts and Will in my prayers. ❤️

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$1,565 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 25 months
Created January 8, 2017
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WA
$100
Wesley Aardahl
19 months ago

I have a Lang/Gladstone snare drum with a Will Tillman shell and feel fortunate to have it. I'm sorry for your loss. Depression is a terrible illness.

$100
Anonymous
21 months ago
DS
$50
Dave Simms
21 months ago

we miss you, Will

$100
Anonymous
25 months ago
$20
Paul Speter
25 months ago

another loss to depression; vale

JL
$75
Jack & Phyllis Lawton
25 months ago

We were heart-broken to hear about Will. He was a superb craftsman and a good friend. He will be greatly missed.

JP
$25
Jan Purnell
25 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

Berry McWhorter
17 months ago

Will made me two shells back around October of last year. I'd love to pay for them and send some money your way. Hope all is well, and I'm so sorry for your loss.

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Joe Mekler
25 months ago

I knew Will through the vintage drum world. He used one of my Rolling Bomber WWII drums to create the tools necessary to reproduce some of the most amazing reproductions available. He was a true craftsman and carpentry genius with the skills and knowledge to accomplish his creative goals. I have Holly Debbie and Tench in my thoughts and Will in my prayers. ❤️

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