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William Alfred Venn IV
  • December 08, 1956
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  • July 23, 2020

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William Alfred Venn IV passed away July 23, 2020 from cancer. He was 63.

Bill was born on Long Island, NY to William A. Venn III and Joanna Venn (Chycota). He graduated from Half Hollow Hills High School, attended SUNY Stony Brook, eventually graduating with a Fine Arts degree from New York School of Visual Arts. He received the Francis Criss Memorial Award at graduation for his fine art talent.

Living many years in Astoria, NY, his creative career began with Paul Waldman of the Castelli Gallery. Santa Cruz, CA became his next destination to be close his daughter, Alexi. Bill eventually made his way to the Atlantic Ocean, with a career as a machinist at Goss Inc. in New Smyrna Beach, FL. His mechanical ingenuity allowed him to fix anything on the shop floor earning him the title it has been “Venn-gineered”. He had a love for the outdoors and the beach. Here he fished and rode his bike. Painting was his true passion throughout his life. Bill was an avid “Rock Hound”, traveling throughout the western US to search for fossils, adding to his museum quality collection.

He used every medium to express his creativity. These are the things which adorned homes of friends and family. Bill’s love and talent for cooking made him the best chef in the family.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Alexi Venn (of San Francisco, CA), his mother Joanna Venn (Chycota) of Lancaster, SC, his sister, Arian Kaufman (husband Gregory), of Houston, TX, sister Barbara Venn of Lancaster, SC, and Jennifer Capron (husband Richard) of Monroe, NC. He is also survived by niece Brett Kaufman, nephews Gregory Kaufman and Jacob Capron along with many beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins. Special thanks belong to Uncle Dan Chycota and Aunt Mary Ann Jensen who provided much support in his final months in his struggle with cancer.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Museum of Arts & Science (MOAS) 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 c/o Kristen Alford.


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  1. 28 Aug 2020
    Eileen Bray says:
    Gosh I am so truly so sorry to hear this news. I was honored and blessed to meet Billy in 1989 in Astoria NY and we shared many months of love and good laughs at The Old Thatch. Billy I love you forever sweet and funny man. Trigger will always remember you . Sincere and deepest condolences to your beautiful family.

  2. 28 Aug 2020
    Eileen Bray lit a candle:
    Lit since August 28, 2020 at 8:25:48 PM

  3. 02 Aug 2020
    Jennifer Capron posted an image:
    Biking on the beach.
    Biking on the beach.

  4. 02 Aug 2020
    Jennifer Capron posted an image:
    Graduation from School of Visual Arts 1984.
    Graduation from School of Visual Arts 1984.

  5. 02 Aug 2020
    Jennifer Capron posted an image:
    Young Bill at Easter.
    Young Bill at Easter.

  6. 02 Aug 2020
    Frank L. Ross, MD says:
    I'm sorry to learn of the passing of Bill. Bill (Billy as we knew him) played lacrosse with us at Stony Brook back in the late 70s. It was a start up fledgling club which is now NCAA Div I. The years make recall fuzzy but I remember Bill either playing midfield for attack and he had a wicked shot. He was a great guy on the team and well liked. I am grateful that he came out to play with us and contributedto building the University's team. My deepest sympathy to his entire family. Frank Ross, MD

  7. 31 Jul 2020
    Dan & Sherry Chycota says:
    We can’t believe you’re gone, and it saddens us. Your Uncle Dan and I, so enjoyed your company. Your voice, your laugh could fill a room. My first time meeting you was when you lived in Santa Cruz. You were a very gracious host then and right up to the end. We’ll always remember your visits with us; hurricanes will never be the same without you.
    I’m sorry I never got to make my broccoli and cheese casserole for you again, God knows I’d love to. Rest With the Angels, Bill. We Love you.❤️

  8. 31 Jul 2020
    Mary Ann Jensen says:
    I will always remember that sweet little boy, knocking on the door to give his grandpa some home roasted peanuts, his favorite, for Fathers Day. A face that would grab your heart And fill it with love. Bill never changed over his 63 years, still the sweet, loving boy/man throughout his life. His many interests amazed you , fossiles, woodcarvings, fishing, outer space, but above all his art! His memories will always be there, on the wall to remind you of the gentle soul.

  9. 31 Jul 2020
    Mary Ann Jensen lit a candle:
    Lit since July 31, 2020 at 7:48:52 PM

  10. 31 Jul 2020
    John Grosso says:
    Billy was my childhood best friend and he was a role model for sports and athletics throughout middle and high school. He had such a positive influence on me and on so many others. I will always remember his laugh which was infectious. Thanks for all the good times and memories. Love ya, Johnny

  11. 31 Jul 2020
    Danny Chycota lit a candle:
    Lit since July 31, 2020 at 7:32:20 PM

  12. 28 Jul 2020
    Brandon Kester says:
    I have had the pleasure of working with Bill over the past few years. He always had a good joke, great sense of humor. At the end of the day we always had to see what each other was going to have for dinner. He will forever be a part of my family through some of his artwork framed in my home. He will be missed

  13. 27 Jul 2020
    Brett lit a candle:
    Lit since July 27, 2020 at 7:00:45 PM

  14. 27 Jul 2020
    Brett posted an image:
    My Uncle Billy and I enjoying a visit together in October of 2019.
    My Uncle Billy and I enjoying a visit together in October of 2019.

  15. 27 Jul 2020
    Jennifer Capron posted an image:
    Bill at 15 years old. My Dad used the caption on this photo, "Joe Cool".   My Dad was always so proud of him.
    Bill at 15 years old. My Dad used the caption on this photo, "Joe Cool". My Dad was always so proud of him.

  16. 27 Jul 2020
    Jennifer Capron lit a candle:
    Lit since July 27, 2020 at 7:13:01 PM

  17. 27 Jul 2020
    Jennifer Capron says:
    I miss you already. I hate that you left us too soon. I will never get to call you on my way home from work again to complain to you about all things I need to complain about, that I can't complain with anyone else. You were a great brother even if you really didn't want to listen to me complain. We had so much fun throughout our lives, I loved having you as my older brother. You taught me how to count to ten in spanish when I was in grade school. You taught me how to throw a frisbee farther and smoother than anyone I know. You played with me when I was little with your tonka trucks along the dirt road behind our house growing up. You rolled me up in blankets and twirled me above your head and tickled me when I was small enough to do that. We had fun in our older years also, especially when you lived in Astoria. Thank you for introducing me to great music and passing that love on to my son. My heart has a great big hole in it now. We will miss you always. Love you -- Jen, your youngest sister.

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