Bill Buchanan, director of community development for Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports, a civic leader with the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History and Reconciliation Foundation, an arts advocate and board member for the Arts Council, Theatre Tuscaloosa, and the Kentuck Art Center, died unexpectedly Wednesday. He was 67.
Bill Buchanan, director of community development for Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports, a civic leader with the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History and Reconciliation Foundation, an arts advocate and board member for the Arts Council, Theatre Tuscaloosa, and the Kentuck Art Center, died unexpectedly Wednesday. He was 67.

After kicking cancer to the curb, Bill Buchanan felt every new day began as a gift, a benefit, a little something extra.

“I feel like I’m playing with house money,” he’d say. For non-gamblers: That’s a sure bet. Even if you don’t necessarily win, you still can’t lose.

Family – which includes virtually everyone he met, friends said – have united in mourning for the witty, giving and gregarious man who proudly shared passion for his adopted city as director of community development for Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports. Buchanan, 67, died unexpectedly Dec. 22 at a Birmingham hospital, of issues unrelated to cancer.

Social media posts began circulating of a man many called larger-than-life, not just for his commanding height and broad shoulders, but his positive energy, infectious personality, and room-filling laughter; like a giant teddy bear, one said.

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