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Tributes
taken from Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Johnson Funeral Home
 

In Memoriam
May 03, 2006


 

 

See article in paper

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12/4/52 - 5/3/06

An old Tom Rush song, Panama Limited, talks about a streamlined express: "The hobos don't mess with that train, they just stand by the track with their hat in their hand." Some people are like that train. Bill was one. Most of the rest of us just watched him go by with our hats in our hands. Thanks for the show, Bill.

William E. "Wild Bill" Melton
 

 

1970 - 1974   School, Travel, school, travel, travel, play, travel, (worked occasionally).

1975              Married girl from Mexico.  Had a daughter.  Worked in oil patch.

1975 - 1979   Worked in oil patch, travel, travel.

1979              Started shooting pictures.  Quit job in oil patch.

1979 - 1981   Played with photography.  Dabbled in real estate.  Travel, travel.

1981 - 1985   Owned photography studio "Photographics" in Lake Charles.  Travel, travel, travel.

1982              Divorced.  Free at last.

1986 - 1987   Commercial photography in Houston.

1987              Moved to New Hampshire.

1987 - 1990   Presently produce major ad campaigns for many Fortune 500 & 200 companies.  Have traveled from Costa Rica to California to Canada shooting for the likes of Coca Cola, Pan Am Airlines, and Yamaha.  I also sit on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Zoo.

Currently My daughter, Carmela, is 14 years old.  She lives with me in NH.  I am engaged to Ivonne Proudfoot of San Jose', Costa Rica. (No date set).

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WILLIAM E. MELTON       http://www.wildbillstudios.com

William “Wild Bill” E. Melton, 53, of Manchester, NH, died May 3, 2006, in Manchester, NH.

Wild Bill was born on December 4, 1952, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the son of Jim and Della (Binion) Melton.

Mr. Melton grew up and attended local schools in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He moved to NH in 1984 and has been a resident for the past 22 years.

He owned and operated Wild Bill Studio, in Manchester for the past 18 years.

Wild Bill enjoyed traveling throughout the world for both business and pleasure. Along with his photography, he had a great love for friends and family and an extreme passion for cooking and life.

In addition to his mother, Della (Binion) Melton, of Lake Charles, LA, family members include; 1 daughter, Carmelita M. Melton, of South Boston, MA; and 1 brother, Jim Melton, of Sandy, Utah.

Calling hours will be Saturday, May 6, from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Phaneuf Funeral Home, 243 Hanover Street, corner of Union Street, in Manchester.

Funeral services and burial will take place in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

It has been suggested that those who wish may make memorial gifts to www.coastaid.org , in memory of Mr. Melton.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Manchester. To view an online obituary please go to www.phaneuf.net

An old Tom Rush song, Panama Limited, talks about a streamlined express: "The hobos don't mess with that train, they just stand by the track with their hat in their hand." Some people are like that train. Bill was one. Most of the rest of us just watched him go by with our hats in our hands. Thanks for the show, Bill.

James Mahoney
May 5, 2006
Lawrence, MA
 

 
 

Bill & I met at the annual "reptile" gathering at Stan Bucklin's home in the New Hampshire mountains one summer night about 10 years ago. I remember Bob Watts, the Nikon rep telling the group that Wild Bill was coming...a real working photographer. And then there was this swirl of dusty road kicking up and that great Wild Bill Studios logo on the truck, and out came those boots and ponytailed big guy, bigger than life with that great and engaging smile...
From that moment, the beginning of a warm and close friendship, I was changed. He was my mentor. He listened and he cared and he always had time for me. He helped me to see things better, especially photographically.
How fortunate am I to have become his friend. Bill, I love you with all my heart and will remember you every day of my life.
God Bless you, and rest peacefully. Marie

Marie Forbes
May 5, 2006
Weston, MA
 

 

The respect for him from his peers was so deep, that no one challenged his radical (but ultimately correct) view. From that point on, the discussion became rational and productive. Bill had the gift of being able to listen--and of convincing others to listen to him. It was a powerful combination. I respected Bill, and admired the enthusiasm, honesty, and clarity he brought to his work and life. Our whole community of artists will miss him a great deal.

Bahar Gidwani
May 5, 2006
New York, NY
 

* From the Webmaster - I did not really know "Wild Bill" well, but a few words of recognition are in order from the things I have read.  He must have had quite a personality at LaGrange Senior High.  It sounds like Bill traveled a lot and got the most out of life, where ever it took him.   It also sounds like he was very talented in photography and resourceful with what ever he was tasked to do.  Bill is in our memories and is a classmate I am proud to finally get to know through this profile but sad that I never got to meet him.