It is with great sadness that the music community and the world has lost a great innovator and man, Bill Lawrence (born Willi Lorenz Stich). In addition to making his own brand of pickups, he also worked with several guitar manufacturers, including Peavey, Gibson and Fender.
This is the announcement that had been posted on www.billlawrence.com by Becky, Bill's wife, as of 11/6/2013.
"With great sadness in our hearts, the man we know as Bill Lawrence in the music industry passed away on November 2, 2013 at approximately 9:20AM.
Bill was a strong and courageous man. Even in his last few days, Bill fought to live. He'd talk about Music, Pickups & Guitars -- and Life, and we, at his company, were still working because this is what Bill Lawrence wanted to know -- that his company & legacy is carrying on as usual.
We will miss the Bill Lawrence Mighty Force. Bill brought so much, and he wanted to stay here on earth to keep giving. One thing, yesterday as preparing the necessary paperwork, required is Designation of Race. In Honor of Bill Lawrence and his wishes, we included Human.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday 11/8/13 at 3:00PM Fairhaven Memorial Park 1702 Fairhaven Avenue Santa Ana, Orange County, CA 92705 -- 714-633-1442
Rest in peace, Bill.