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William R. Fortin

William R. Fortin "Bil 4 Ril", 24, of Elyria, died, Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Cleveland Clinic, after a lifelong struggle with neurofibromatosis and congenital heart disease.

Billy was born August 16, 1988 in Elyria but his short life did not keep him from becoming a talented musician and producer of his own music that told his life story. He performed at Peabody’s in Cleveland and the Cleveland Agora for local talent shows.

He also was a talented magician and was named "Billy Vegas" by the owners of The Yellow Barrel of Magic in Elyria. He loved Halloween, collected Michael Myers masks, and was a collector of vintage video game systems. He loved his family, friends and his family of doctors at the Cleveland Clinic and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, who loved and cared for him throughout his life.

Billy is survived by his mother and step father, Cheri and Russ VanWormer; brothers, Michael Fortin, Alex, Jacob and Jeremy VanWormer; sister, Stephanie Candy; grandparents, Carol Pierce, Terry Pierce and Diane Fortin; cousin, Jeff Stabler; aunts, Jean Fortin and Katie Weimer; and uncles, Terry and David Pierce.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Fortin; and grandfather, Wilfred Fortin.

Friends will be received Friday, July 12, 2013 from 6 to 8 P.M. at Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Ave., Elyria. A memorial service will be Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 3 P.M. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 300 Third St., Elyria. Reverend Melanie Sunderland will officiate.

Memorial contributions to the family may be made through the funeral home. For online condolences, visit

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