Remembering Robin Williams: His West Seattle Food Bank benefits; also – how to get help if you need it

August 11, 2014 at 6:05 pm | In Not WS but we're mentioning it anyway, West Seattle news | 17 Comments

You have likely heard by now that actor/comedian Robin Williams is gone too soon, at 63, found dead in his San Francisco Bay Area home this afternoon, believed to be a victim of suicide.

Two things we wanted to mention here:

(Photo courtesy WSFB, added Tuesday: Mr. Williams in 2004 with WSFB volunteers Aaron & Laurie and then-operations manager Gretchen)
First, Mr. Williams had at least one West Seattle connection – a history of generous gifts to the West Seattle Food Bank, most notably, more than $50,000 in proceeds from downtown performances in 2004, 2007, and 2008.

Second, we wanted to again share the local hotline number that offers help to anyone thinking about suicide (or experiencing other crisis situations), the Crisis Clinic – 206-461-3222. The CC website also recommends reading this.

17 Comments

  1. Nanu Nanu.

    Comment by DTK — 6:30 pm August 11, 2014 #

  2. God, that’s depressing news. RIP, Mork.

    Comment by M — 7:09 pm August 11, 2014 #

  3. Such sad news. Thank you, WSB, for sharing that neat connection with our neighborhood.

    Comment by KS in WS — 8:17 pm August 11, 2014 #

  4. Good on you for posting the crisis clinic #, WSB. Suicide goes unmentioned a lot – and it’s a tremendous epidemic in this country. Hopefully someday it won’t be a taboo topic, and it will get the due attention it deserves.
    -
    RIP to Robin Williams, thoughts go out to his family. We lost a good one.

    Comment by ScubaFrog — 8:39 pm August 11, 2014 #

  5. Great Talent, always made me laugh, one of my favorites, will be missed.

    Comment by Marty2 — 9:06 pm August 11, 2014 #

  6. So sad to hear that he’s gone. Hard to believe. Such a generous, gifted man.

    Comment by dm — 9:11 pm August 11, 2014 #

  7. My you have found your way back to Ork. :(

    Comment by Mindy — 10:25 pm August 11, 2014 #

  8. Recently, I have had to use the West Seattle Food Bank. Every time I go, I feel this extreme sense of gratitude. I am so touched that there is a link between RW and the Food Bank. What a truly wonderful human being…

    I believe that Robin gave us laughter to the degree that he himself suffered. And he struggled with addiction and relapses, and he did his best. I’m so grateful that he was among us for 63 years. He was an absolutely beautiful human being and we really lucked out…

    I don’t think we should be angry at him for leaving. If anyone gave it their all, he did– and then some. In a lot of ways, I believe he won. Even though he stopped fighting, I don’t think it means he gave up, so much as he gave out. It may have been the only truly selfish thing he ever did. He was such a wonderful human being and I adore him. I will miss him terribly but I am glad he is no longer suffering. Not being angry at him is the only way I can love him back.

    Godspeed, Robin…

    Comment by NanooNanoo — 11:50 pm August 11, 2014 #

  9. Beautifully said @NanooNanoo
    He gave incredibly and left when he had to. His ‘job’ of giving us laughter for decades has been competed. A job well done.

    Comment by KD — 1:19 am August 12, 2014 #

  10. Rest in peace Mr Williams…

    Comment by Dean — 5:59 am August 12, 2014 #

  11. Such a generous and loving man.

    His interpretation of how golf was invented in one of his stand up routines is a classic. I still cry with laughter when I watch it.

    God speed indeed Robin.

    And NanooNanoo, thank you for your words, they actually made me feel better about this whole thing.

    Comment by T Rex — 9:57 am August 12, 2014 #

  12. RIP Robin…… What a funny man and no one will ever come close to his great talent in our lifetime.
    Restuarant scene in Mrs. Doubtfire a classic Williams moment.
    Euphegenia rules!

    Comment by mtpockets — 10:14 am August 12, 2014 #

  13. His journey continues, this part, without torture.

    Comment by Rick — 10:48 am August 12, 2014 #

  14. :(

    Comment by Sadness — 10:53 am August 12, 2014 #

  15. Permanent fix to a temperaray problem :(

    Comment by Runner girl — 9:16 pm August 12, 2014 #

  16. Robin Williams was a thoughtful and caring human being, and I’m sad about his passing. I was quite surprised to read about his connection to the WSFB, and I’m sure he would not want his death to be detrimental to others. Obviously his generous donations over the years helped many people and now that is gone. I encourage West Seattle residents to take up this cause in his place, and donate to this worthy organization as a tribute to his legacy.

    Comment by Ray West — 6:16 am August 13, 2014 #

  17. Sad beyond words. There are very few folks who could make me laugh, and he was right at the top of the list.

    Comment by Richard Maloney — 9:56 am August 13, 2014 #

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