Reflections on Wiley from those he touched
"This man, his love will live on. Not alone through memories but through his will to touch the world, he will always be felt."
"The greatest gift Wiley gave me was teaching me how to love. He approached every situation with such an open heart and open mind. He loved things unabashedly and without fear. I'm so lucky to have met a person so electric, so unique, someone that could change the very way I think."
"Wiley loved with so much energy that I felt like I had ten boyfriends... He’d write me notes out of plumerias, he’d be waiting at my bus stop in the morning with my latte - a poem written on the side of the cup... His love and emotional openness absolutely changed my life."
"When you were with Wiley, he made you feel like anything was possible. He made you feel like something you never felt with anyone else and it was so special. He made you feel the most like yourself. You didn’t have to guard anything, cover up, or act any certain way."
"It is truly astonishing to me that, while simultaneously contending with his own inner angst, Wiley could be such a bright light, loving and impacting so many people. Thank you so much, Wiley, for giving us all you could, for as long as you did."
"Wiley created so much love and electric energy around him. I vividly remember him running around with the Snoopers (young kid campers) at Sierra Camp. These kids completely worshipped him, understandably so. He could make them feel glee and fascination with his play acting; more importantly, he made them feel special and cared for. He was in his element making people smile and creating wild joy in the ordinary."
"Wiley’s playfulness, affection, humor, and penetrating love enriched our lives beyond measure. His lively and imaginative mind, his exuberance, the depth of his emotions, and his compassion and sensitivity - were all sources of such vibrancy and connection to others."