William E. Wiley

Jul 27, 2020
William Wiley

Stockton Springs — William Emerson “Bill” Wiley, percussionist, arranger, composer and writer, passed away unexpectedly June 13, 2020, at his home in Stockton Springs.

Born in Annapolis, Md., he graduated from Annapolis High School and the New England Conservatory of Music. In the 1970s, he was principal timpanist of the Portland Symphony. In 1976, he went to Hawaii to play in the Honolulu Symphony and later became percussionist, staff arranger and emcee for the Royal Hawaiian Band, where he played for 35 years, retiring to Maine in 2012.

He played in many smaller groups, including his own Tijuana Brass tribute band, Taco Willie and the Refried Beans. Quiet by nature, Bill instantly connected with people through his quick wit, warmth and self-effacing humor. He was the funniest person most of us have ever known, making us laugh with him and at ourselves.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Barbara Clemens; his sister, Lynn Wiley Fleming (Daniel); and his brother, Michael Wiley (Helen). He was predeceased by his parents and his oldest brother, Thomas Wiley (Mary). He is lovingly remembered by seven nieces and nephews and many grandnieces and -nephews.

Private gatherings were held in Maine and Annapolis, and another will be held in Honolulu at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s memory to either the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, 1815 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403, aacspca.org, or to the Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band, P.O. Box 1894, Honolulu, HI 96805, royalhawaiianband.com/.

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