Joel Lawrence Willroth Dunsany departed this world at his home near McCloud on Nov. 20, 2013, just five days short of his 64th birthday, after a long illness.
He was an avid reader, music collector, film buff, singer/song-writer, poet, sculptor and painter. He was highly intelligent, charismatic and gregarious, and he leaves behind many loving friends and family members.
Joel was preceded in death by his brother, Scott; and his father, Eugene.
He is survived by his mother, Margie Willroth; and sisters, Brenda “Bunny” Malley and Jodie Young, all of Chicago; his former wife and music partner of 30 years, Susan Dietrich Schneider; his three children: Chris (Lance) Miller, Huxley (Sarai) Dunsany, and Daisy Dietrich; and three grandchildren, all of whom he adored, and who will miss his love, great sense of humor and radiance.
Joel was born and raised in Chicago, but made his way to San Francisco in the late ’60s as a teenager to join the peace movement taking shape there. It was there he met Susan, and they traveled to Boston together, with Joel playing electronic music as a one-man-band known as The Cosmic Man.
A few years later, he passed his musical torch to Susan, inspiring and managing her one-woman band known as The Space Lady, which gained international recognition.
They stayed in Boston for 12 years, and it was there that Chris and Huxley were born. They returned to San Francisco in 1984, and three years later their third child, Daisy, was born. Joel continued managing The Space Lady’s musical career while serving as “Mr. Mom” for the children.
In 1993, they moved to McCloud, where Joel continued writing, painting, composing music and entertaining friends with his fantastic stories and anecdotes.
His cheerful spirit and deep love of life will live on in the hearts of those who knew him.
Memorial services are pending.