One of Jack Kerouac's close late-in-life friends from his hometown of Lowell died last month. William "Billy" Koumantzelis was 92. You can read about him here in the Lowell Sun.
Here's a picture of Billy that I took at Lowell Celebrates Kerouac in October 2012.
That's Billy to the left of David Amram (center, partially hidden by microphone).
Hearing Billy speak that night was a highlight of the festival for me. You can read my report from LCK 2012 here.
RIP, Billy. Say hi to Jack for us . . . .