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William Albrecht

William was born in Chicago Illinois. He lived in London England from age three to nine, where many of his artistic passions first took root. Will moved to Davis in fourth grade, and was a student at North Davis Elementary, Emerson Junior High, Davis High School and the Davis School for Independent Study. He is survived by his parents, Andreas Albrecht and Melissa Lyans, his sister Sonia, his brother Geoffrey, his grandmothers and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Will was a bright light, a unique young man with strong intellect, a powerful imagination, and quick, dry wit. He was a gifted artist who loved drawing, writing, and music. He was a talented trumpet player who played with the Emerson Jr High and Davis High School Jazz Bands and studied with Tom Peron. He was a member of the Blue Moon Writers Guild.

Will was loved most of all as a compassionate friend, and he was a special friend to many young children. He confided to one recently that he hoped some day to live in a house with his best friends and liked the idea of building a fort with them.

Will struggled for many years with bipolar disorder. Though the challenges were often overwhelming, his passion, humor and hard work brought him much love and accomplishment and allowed him to bring joy into his life and the lives of those around him. His life ended on March 18. He spent his last day with his friends, playing trumpet in the park.

A viewing will take place on Saturday, March 29 from 11:00 2:00 at Wiscombe's Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St, Davis. A celebration of his life is being planned for later in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Davis High School Jazz Band (DHS Band Boosters; P.O. Box 73522; Davis 95617; www.dhsbandboosters.org), NAMI-Yolo (National Alliance on Mental Illness; PO Box 447; Davis, CA 95617 www.namiyolo.org) or Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service of Yolo County (P.O. Box 622; Davis, CA 95617 www.suicidepreventionyolocounty.org).

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Alex and I had the good fortune to meet William when he entered Mr. Felton's fourth grade class, where Alex was also a student and I worked as an aide. William's brilliance, wit, and charm were evident from the first time that I met him. Alex considered William a good and safe friend and I found William to be most amazing. His mind never stopped! I feel fortunate that Alex and I were both able to see and talk to William as he moved through the school system. Despite William's struggles, he remained wonderfully polite and seemed genuinely happy to have a chat with me. Even as my heart breaks for you, I need you to know that you raised a fine, young man. To know him was a blessing. Hugs to you, The Abplanalp family - Hans, Nancy, Mike, Alex, and Nick

Nancy Abplanalp Apr 8 2008 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Your wonderful son will be missed by all of us.

Loyanne Wilson and Tim Krasnansky Mar 29 2008 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy; Jeanne, Jim, Kathryn and Eli

The Marable Family Mar 28 2008 12:00 AM

I have so many fond memories of my time with him and his siblings that will remain with me forever and bring a smile to my face. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and other friends during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed by many...

Jennifer Papazian Mar 26 2008 12:00 AM

Kathleen Higgins and Dan Goldstein, and their children: Helen, Isaac and Leo Goldstein, would like to express our deep sorrow to the family of William Albrecht.

Kathleen Higgins Mar 23 2008 12:00 AM

My heart is full of sympathy for William's family and friends, in your struggle to come to terms with the tragic end of Williams beautiful life. My thoughts have been with you and William all week long.

Robin Erbacher Mar 22 2008 12:00 AM