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William Osborne, aka “Willy the Pirate,” a beautiful soul with a kind heart full of love, left this earth much too soon. He was just 21 years old but had a tremendous impact on the recovery community in Costa Mesa, California. He battled addiction himself and had been sober for more than two years when he died. He left here clean and sober and that is a victory.
William’s mission in life was to make a positive difference, and he did through his many connections in the recovery community, his leadership of two weekly meetings including a unique music meeting called The Creative Share, and his work as a Clinical Technician for Akua Mind and Body in Costa Mesa.
He was an active outdoorsman; an Eagle Scout, mountain climber, hiker, mountain biker, skier and rock climber. He was always up for an adventure and wanted to be outside exploring at every opportunity. He was also very creative; an artist, songwriter, musician. He used all of these gifts to help others.
We have an opportunity now to further his mission by donating to The Phoenix in his memory. William was born and raised in a suburb of Denver, where The Phoenix is based. He moved to Costa Mesa in 2015 to seek treatment for addiction. He visited the Orange County Chapter in Costa Mesa as part of his recovery, and all funds raised here will go directly toward sustaining their free community programs.
We have a lofty but doable goal, and we thank you in advance for helping us make a difference.