UPDATE: Willem's step daughter Devon wrote to let us know that there is a memorial page for Willem at
Residents of the Chelsea Hotel were saddened to learn of the passing of their longtime neighbor and friend, Willem Van Es. Willem died on Christmas night in an airplane en route to Amsterdam. We all remember Willem as the owner of Johnny, the recently deceased Behemoth of the Chelsea, whose odor lingers in the elevators to this day. The photo is from Johnny's final birthday party.
In addition to Willem’s life work as a crafter of hand painted and hand made wall paper, he had spent the last 10 years working on a boat which he had jokingly christened the Sea-Banana. Sadly, Willem will never get to set sail in the bright yellow craft. We feel confident, however, that he has set sail on a much more joyous voyage.