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The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois

Remembering Brian Williquette

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Brian Williquette, a friend and former colleague passed away suddenly last Friday. Brian died of a heart attack leaving his wife and three children. Brian was only 50 years old.

I knew Brian for 24 years. I actually interviewed for his Urban Gardening Educator position with Extension in 1984 after he had been promoted to the position of Urban Gardening Program Coordinator. After leaving Extension, Brian worked for the Chicago Park District, Bartlett Trees and Brickman's Landscaping. He was highly respected in Chicago's horticulture community.

I will remember Brian for his work ethic and his tremendous knowledge of horticulture. We used to kiddingly call him "The Brain" Williquette. The past few years he has taught a number of our Chicago Master Gardener classes. He will be missed.

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