Dr. Bill Skeen
Drawn by its excitement and energy, Bill moved to Miami in the late 1990s and found love with Ricardo Pelaez, a warm-hearted talented artist. Together, they enjoyed great success and happiness in the art business. They forged a successful partnership, in which Bill served as president and manager, allowing Ricardo the freedom to create. Bill and Ricardo loved traveling, especially to Ricardo’s home country of Colombia, enjoying its diverse and rich culture. Bill was embraced by Ricardo’s loving family and participated in many stimulating conversations about music, the arts, and public health.
Bill and Ricardo relocated back to Santa Barbara to be closer to family. Their new life was filled with lots of friends, music and gaiety. They hosted great parties and were generous and kind. Bill was a founding member of Fratelli Gay Men’s Chorus, as well as a volunteer on the Fund for Santa Barbara’s Grant-Making Committee.
Bill will be deeply missed by all, especially his dear cousin Cindy McMahon of Santa Ynez and, of course, his devoted and adoring husband Ricardo.
To make a donation in Bill’s memory, please consider The Fund for Santa Barbara, Pacific Pride or the California Physicians Alliance. A celebration of Bill’s life will be planned for a future date.