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  1. Joseph Zamberlin
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    My partner in entertainment, Bill was the best. We spent three months in Japan in 1988, at Jungle Jap and Bar Dubois, Nagoyaa….I was his music director, and Bill taught me about Japan, entertaining, and life….A wonderful man of immense talent and one of the best entertainers I’ve ever seen, much less had the pleasure of working with. He was undervalued, in my estimation., by everyone except those who had the pleasure of seeing one of his shows. I am caught by surprise, as we talked of one more series or performances together, and I sorely miss that that opportunity has now escaped us.

  2. Meaghan Jones
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    My condolences to Billy’s family. I met Billy through his cousin Karen Grice. He lived in NYC where I live. In a word, Billy was joyful. And in that way alone, so inspiring. Much love to you Billy. May you be resting in peace. It was an honor to know you. Love, Meaghan

  3. Emmett McDonald
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    My condolences to the family. Bill was a beautiful spirit. I met him at his apartment building in 2014. He gave me a lot of encouragement when I lost my father in 2015. I believe that I spoke with him a couple of days before his transition. May he rest in eternal peace.

  4. Sechita McNair
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    I am so grateful for my teacher Mr. Davenport and his contributions to my career in entertainment and bringing a great bunch of people together who have had friendships to last a life time. #RIP #AsburyPark #UniversalAcademyofDance

  5. Rebecca Thomas
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    Thank you Bill for your love and caring words throughout the years. Your friendship will truly be missed my heart is broken. Love always and forever Rebecca ❤ ???

  6. Laurence Pinckney
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    What a wonderful spirit. I remember Bill from the real estate business. Always a gentleman and on point. May he rest peacefully.

  7. Jeannette
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    Mr. Davenport offered dance classes to inner city children in Asbury Park, NJ. He was committed to open their eyes to other experiences related to dance. My daughter Natalia learned to do the best turns because he showed her how to spot properly. Years later, when she attended Ballet Hispanico of NY School of Dance, I always admired her turns thanks to him. Thanks to his initial efforts we have professional dancers that are now traveling the world. Mr. Davenport will always be remembered for his tenacity to bring dance arts to our children. Sweet memories. Descanse en paz. Rest in Peace.

  8. Natalia Cordero
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    Mr.. Davenport,
    May you Rest In Peace. My first dance teacher! You introduced me to my love of dance and I thank you for that. My condolences to Mr. Davenports loved ones!

  9. Sandy Robinson
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    Billy was a fixture at the Thanksgiving trifecta each year.As a native NYer, I loved his stories about acting and Broadway. Not to mention he was a great dance partner. He was always upbeat and that is a gift few possess. Be you wherever you are Billy.

  10. Lorraine Stone
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    Bill brought his special flavor and flair to Asbury Park in the 90s. He opened a dance school downtown, something kids had been in need of. Even when he moved to the city he would occasionally come to visit. I will miss his smile, his warmth his flair and the twinkle in his eye. Dance and sing on, brother. You’re in good company!!

  11. FRANCES RICKARD
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    And now the end is near and so I face the final curtain
    My friends I’ll say it clear I’ll state my case of which I’m certain
    I’ve lived a life so full I’ve traveled each and every highway
    And more, much more than this…

    He did it his way —
    Goodbye Bill–you will be missed–
    Love from Frances Rickard

  12. Derrick Robbins
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    To Billy, may you look down on this and say Fabulous.. To live life and no just pass through.

  13. Kim Sledge Freeman
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    It was such a pleasure knowing Bill from the SGI! He was surely one of my favorite Buddhists!

  14. James Newman
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    I live in the same building as Bill did,and always remember playing “Satin Doll” while Bill danced.It was a celebration of the Aurora;s 10th. Anniversary and Bill gave it his all,even with a bad heart. His Soul,however,was so rich! Dance on a cloud for me. James

  15. Lorraine Fields
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    To our dear Bill – a treasure of a human being, determined to live out his dreams, kind to everyone and talented beyond. Lobe and miss you Bill. My sincere condolences to his family.

  16. Terri
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    I find it difficult to share the joy that Billy bought to my life. We lived in the same building and I always looked forward to coming home and stopping by Billy’s place before I went to my own. We cooked and he always had updates on what’s happening in NYC. We also enjoyed going plays and listening to old school music together. He was and will always be an inspiration to me. Rest well my love:…

  17. Josh Wellman
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    Bill was a beloved member of the building family where I live; my way-upstairs neighbor, and a true friend to all. His sweet generosity of spirit, and his serene joy in both good and troubled times, are an example to us all. We already feel his absence keenly, but celebrate having known this wonderful, kind man. May we all feel “truly blessed and highly favored,” whenever the memory of our time spent with him comes to mind.

    It was easy to feel special in his company, but to his family and his closest friends: a huge hug, and much love to you in your time of grief and loss. You are far from alone in your love for this magnificent, unforgettable human!

  18. Barbara J Harris
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    Miss you Bill.
    Rest well❤️??

  19. TRINA PARKS
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    Bill has been my dear friend, like a brother to me, in & out, the dance world.
    We meet back in the late 60’s in NY. We danced together in live shows and in movies, throughout our careers. In the 1980’s we danced and sang together, as guests, in a Tokyo, Japan production.
    It was such a pleasure to see Bill, these past 3 years, after I moved to Atlanta. It was at his Aunt’s home, for his family’s Thanksgiving dinners. I miss miss dearly. The last words he spoke, a few weeks ago to me was, “see you on Thanksgiving”. Miss you brother Bill.

  20. Tommie Thompson
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    ????✊??
    A One Man Band~ …who could have Done All that he did for Self Glory~
    But, oh no ~ He was here to SHARE the Joy of Life ? & with Gr8 Compassion ✨
    That he Did, low or high / All were Welcomed to his table ? We lov ya Bill, & looking Forward to our Next Life Together
    ?✨?????
    Job well done ?

  21. Sharon lucas
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    Bill was my partner in the Elderplan commercial and we became friends. He planned a black history program about my uncle a soldier in 54th mass. Black regiment in his apt. Bldg entertainment room and read from my uncles writing of the battles and the men of the Massachusetts 54th
    Colored troops. Bill is special and highly favored. He is

  22. Melissa Miles
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    I am very saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. We had a lot of fun in the few moments where I was fortunate to be in his presence. My condolences to all his friends and family.

  23. Kevin Atkins
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    It was always good to see Bill Davenport….even if it was just a wave and a smile from across the street. During the Juneteenth Celebrations at the SGI-USA NY Culture Center (going back to 2015 that I remember), it seems I felt his strong, nurturing, encouraging presence during rehearsals…even when he wasn’t there. He will be missed..but not forgotten.

  24. Haydee Montero
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    Bill, you will be missed.

  25. Jackie Menci
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    Bill was so kind. I will always think of him. My father passed this past March, before that time about Is this over a year ago I shared how difficult it was for me. Bills response:
    Jackie this is such an important time for both of you stay Patient and calm, your dad needs you, and you need him.

    Another time we spoke and dad had just been diagnosed with 2 frontal brain tumors. A couple I was close to had not stayed in contact with me because I hated chanting.
    What did Bill do with out my knowing? Called then told them what was happening and they got back in touch with dad and I and now we have a special loving friendship ever since.
    Bill all ways thought of others. Such a kind hearted man I will miss him and never forget him.

  26. Sharyn Brown
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    Although I was saddened to hear of Bill’s passing, when I think of him I cannot help but smile in appreciation for his life. I will always remember his selfless dedication, support, and sincere encouragement during the “Harvest of Humanity” activities. Bill became such an integral part of the planning and production of each event.
    I am so glad that we kept in touch from time to time over the years for Bill was so full of love, life, laughter even in the midst of illness. Bill always embraced life with all its possibilities. He was Forever Young, Forever Fabulous, Forever Bill…

  27. Rickey Green
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    I will always have fond memories of my cousin Billy. Your visits to Chicago will be missed. Gone too soon!

  28. Flo Lyle
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    Bill and I reconnected in friendship after a few years of not seeing one another. He was a kind, loving and loyal friend. He will be remembered as the man who loved to perform and even though I will miss him greatly, he will carry on ‘up yonder’ just fine. RIP my friend until we meet again. Flo

  29. Frances Rickard
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    And now the end is near.. And so I face the final curtain
    My friends I’ll say it clear… I’ll State my case of which I’m certain
    I’ve lived a life that’s full I’ve traveled each and every Highway
    And More Much More Than This…

    He did it his way…

    Goodbye Billl we will all miss you love from Frances

  30. Hosea Johnson
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    I’m so sorry for our collective loss. I pray you are we re born a great champion for peace compassion and joy.

  31. Anonymous
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    “Bill Davenport” was a real sweetheart of a man! It was my pleasure and benefit to have known him. Rest In Peace – until we meet again.
    Elizabeth

  32. Sharon Cooper
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    Bill was a Wonderful person and an inspiration to everyone! I will never forget his kindness to me, and how he always greeted me with a warm smile!

  33. Claire Floyd
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    Bill i will surely miss you…..Claire

  34. Katie Douglas
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    Billy, the angels await you as you enter the kingdom to join our father! Rest in power!

  35. Tanya
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    I’m going to miss my twin cousin as he would always say…We were the same age for 6 months throughout the years. He meant the World to me. Our Vacation’s together was always full of laughter, dancing and staying up late into the morning hours talking about how much fun we had. RIP My Love. God has an Angel. For sure.❤️

  36. Ife George
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    Sorry you’re not here with us. I’m grateful to have met you and
    to have practiced this Biddhism with you. Sending prayers, love and light to everyone who knew Bill Davenport. I will miss your presence in the SGI. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo! Tua Ntr!

  37. Mrs. Connie Reeves
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    COUSIN BILLY WAS A TRUE PERFORMING ARTS STAR IN OUR FAMILY. HE ALWATS SHINNED BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND AND MADE US PROUD WHEN WE WOULD SEE HIM IN A MOVIE OR ON THE SMALL SCREEN. HE TRULY MADE GREAT STRIDES IN HIS LIFE! ???

  38. Yasmin Bowe Woods
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    Bill was one of most committed persons that I worked with over the years. He brought our projects to life
    With his eye for movement, drama and our eternal Vow. We fought together with daimoku to bring Harvest for Humanity to our community…

  39. Noah Citrin
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    I’ll miss our prayer meetings. See you in Heaven, my brother.
    Noah

  40. Warren McBride
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    Billy was truly a great person. He loved life and lived it on his own terms. We can all write a book about our lives, but would anyone want to read it? I would often tell Billy that if he wrote such a book many would want to read it . I know he must have had ups and downs in his life, but he weathered them all with a smile on his face. I will miss him.

  41. Beverly Adams
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    Rest in Paradise Billy!!! You’ll truly be missed by all. Love ya Bev

  42. Kennedy Green
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    Growing up my Uncle Billy always told me to stay FABULOUS no matter what!

  43. Vernita
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    ❤️ Rest my Dear Friend Yes you were ALWAYS BLESSED & HIGHLY FAVORED Love
    Vernita?

  44. Gina Green
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    RIH William “Billy” Davenport… you were a professional dancer, actor and teacher, but the most important role for me was simply being the best cousin ever! ❤️

  45. RHONDA JORDAN-THOMAS
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    WE WERE DANCE PARTNERS AND I HAVE KNOW BILL FOR MORE THAN 45 YEARS. HE HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL SMILING AND POSITIVE LIGHT IN MY LIFE FOR ALL OF THOSE YEARS. HE KNEW ME AND MY SISTER BEFORE WE HAD CHILDREN, AND HE ALWAYS REFERRED TO HIMSELF AS UNCLE BILL AND THEY CALLED HIM UNCLE BILL. HE IS VERY ENDEARING AND LOVED IN OUR FAMILY AND I WILL CHERISH ALL THE MOMENTS THAT I SPENT WITH HIM. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH AND WILL MISS HIM MORE THAN WORDS CAN EXPRESS. TO MY SPECIAL BROTHER

  46. Jennifer Browne
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    Dear Bill came to us to teach ballet to our mother in the past few years. He took the job very seriously and made it a family affair. He brought joy and his many talents into our lives. We are forever grateful! Reverence to our teacher forever! Love, the Browne family

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