Bill Watt 1983-2016
January 19th, 2016

Posted by Graham


We lost a great friend today. This morning, Bill Watt was released from his long fight with Huntington’s Disease.

Most of you weren’t aware that he had been suffering with this disease—the same that claimed the lives of his father and sister. He didn’t like to talk about it, so we generally kept the specifics vague, but Bill’s condition had been worsening for several years. Even so, his passing came as a surprise to us, and one we weren’t yet prepared for.

As Kate “Bill’s Mom” Watt has shared in her many Desert Bus stories, a lot of LRR’s early bonding happened in Bill’s basement during high school. Games of D&D with Bill guiding us through Temple of Elemental Evil, or just hanging out playing Goldeneye, our weekends were spent at Bill’s, sleeping poorly and eating horribly.


In LoadingReadyRun, Bill was part of the early cast—sometimes against his wishes—eventually becoming a key member of “The LRR Crew” following our live sketch show in the Victoria Fringe. A 6’11” redhead isn’t your typical sketch comedian, but Bill got more and more comfortable in front of a camera, and even after stepping back from LRR, continued to put up memorable driving shifts at Desert Buses 1-7. I know he’d want us to remind you of his perfect “0 Crashes” record at DB5.

Bill never wanted us to treat him any differently, he didn’t want to be remembered as a man fighting Huntington’s. So we won’t—we will remember Bill as the hilarious, clumsy, stubborn asshole we’ve always loved. We miss him.


If you’re interested, here’s a selection of Bill-centric videos:

The Gay Chicken

Bill’s Revenge

Small Time

Small Time 2

I SAW What You Did There

Return of the Bill


  1. A long out of touch work friend shared this news with me today. I miss Bill very much, and even though I hadn’t seen him since 2008, he was always in my thoughts. I worked at UVic in the res kitchen with Bill around 2001-2002, and the best parts of my week were spent on Saturdays extending lunch breaks for the better part of an hour talking about everything and anything. I remember seeing him at the fringe play around 2005 and was always so happy to see him enjoying time with the people he loved. You will be missed Bill, Murray Anderson

    Comment by murray.anderson — February 2, 2016 @ 1:23 am

  2. He will be missed.

    Comment by modestegomaniac — March 21, 2016 @ 7:59 pm

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