September 30, 2014
On September 27, 2014 some of Robin's colleagues, best friends and family were given the opportunity to say their goodbyes, although he, of course, will always live on in our hearts and memories.
It was an absolute honor to have been invited for the event as well and a privilige to hear everyone in the room share the wonderful memories of Robin.
The 2 hour private ceremony, for most part organised by Zelda, was held at the Curran Theater in San Francisco and was followed by a reception at the Westin Hotel one block away from the theater.
A few minutes before the ceremony was about to start, everyone was in their seat, quiet, and watching the pictures of Robin that were shown on a big screen. It was the start of a memorial service that did justice to the entertainer Robin Williams as well as the person Robin Williams.
The ceremony was opened by a prayer from Rev. Cecil Williams, from Glide Memorial Church, after which the Glide Memorial Choir & Band performed several songs.
Speeches were done by Billy Crystal, Bobcat Goldthwaith, Bing Gordon, Bonnie Hunt, Rebecca Erwin Spencer, Robin's wife Susan, Eric Idle (performed a song), Admiral Mike Mullen, Mort Sahl and Whoopi Goldberg.
The final speeches were done by Robin's 3 kids, Cody, Zelda and Zak. They did an amazing, amazing job and I hope the ceremony has given them strength and something to hold on to.
In between videos were shown with material from his career as well as home videos.
The ceremony was closed by a performance from Stevie Wonder, who performed the song "I'll be loving you always".
As other media have reported about the event, there was lots of laughter and great memories shared, but no one was able to keep the tears (not the laughter ones) from rolling.
A Crowdrise page has officially been made available to accept donations in Robin's memory.
If you have any questions, comments or just need to express your thoughts or feelings, please use the comment section below or you can reach me by e-mail.
Before you e-mail, please know:
- As of now there're no plans for a public memorial event or location
- I didn't take any pictures/videos during the ceremony or reception, so I can't share those.
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