Ritch Brinkley

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Ritch Brinkley's death on November 5, 2015.

A screencap of Ritch as William, looking straight into the camera, a slight smile on his face

While we feel the loss deeply, we are grateful for the gift he gave us – William –
and for our memories in which he lives on - Below, busy, cooking up delicious and impossible things.

Linda Mooney, one of our fandom's finest writers, granted the Winter Candlemakers her permission to post a very special William story online for the first time: Remember the Oranges. Originally published in 1994 in the zine Best Mirrors, it's a story of celebration, of William's introduction to the Tunnels, of his happily-ever-after.

Remember The Oranges  ~  by Linda Mooney

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A screencap of Ritch as William, pulling a beer from the barrel at Winterfest, a big smile on his face.


When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st;
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

                                      from Sonnet 18 ~ William Shakespeare


Nothing is ever lost, as long as we remember ...

With love and hope,
The Winter Candlemakers