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The Falcon Banner News from Calontir

In Memoriam: The Passing of Liam St. Liam
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*By
Mathurin Kerbusso on May 15, 2020 03:14 pm*

Many Calontir will know Liam from Pennsic especially. We are re-posting his
obituary from The East Kingdom Gazette:
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In Memoriam – Liam Saint Liam
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May 15, 2020
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is a game called Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, claiming everyone in Hollywood
can be linked to Kevin Bacon through co-stars in 6 jumps or less. We once
tried to play “Six Degrees of Liam”. We couldn’t make it past two. It would
be impossible to encompass all that was Liam in one short missive, but we
must try.

Baron William O Donovan of Monmouth, OP, OSC, 12th Tyger of the East,
schmoozer-extraordinaire, passed away on May 13, 2020 from the COVID-19
virus.

Known far and wide as Liam St. Liam, he and his family joined the SCA
during the second reign of Lucan and Jana in the Barony Beyond the
Mountain. The family joined so that his wife could participate in rapier,
but Liam soon became a mainstay next to the fencing field, feeding the
fencers, learning the skills of running a list table in order to support
them, and doing what needed to be done. He was quickly recognized for his
service to his home Barony with induction to BBM’s Order of the White Oak
by Baron Salaamallah the Corpulent. That same month, his service was
recognized by his neighboring barony, Bridge, who awarded him the Freedom
of the Bridge.
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Liam, as most would see him at events

Queen Morgan gave him the Consort’s Order of Courtesy and the same day,
together with King Bjorn, awarded him Arms. Shortly thereafter, Lucan and
Caitlin recognized his service to the Kingdom by making him a Companion of
the Order of the Silver Crescent, and Darius II and Roxane II elevated him
to the peerage by making him a Companion of the Order of the Pelican. Prior
to his elevation to the Peerage, he was protege to Baron Steffan ap
Kennydd, OL, OP.

A faithful servant of the Crown who was active in the Royal Households for
many reigns, he was awarded the Queen’s Honor of Distinction by Queen
Gabriella and by Brenwen II, and the Consort’s Award of Esteem from
Etheldreda IV. He also held Royal Cyphers from Brenwen, Andreas III, and
Konrad II. Darius IV and Alethea made him a Baron of the Eastern Court, and
Konrad II and Brenwen II recognized him as the 12th Tyger of the East at
their final court.

His service to the Kingdom and Society was broad and far reaching. He
served as the Seneschal of the Barony Beyond the Mountain, and the Shire of
Glenn Linn and was a familiar and well-loved face at the list table across
multiple Kingdoms. He was also a talented photographer, who was generous in
sharing his images and who had a special knack for taking photos that were
flattering and captured special moments. He ran many auctions for the royal
travel fund, and taught many classes. He used his modern teaching knowledge
for a “How to Teach in the SCA” class. He also taught many classes on SCA
music, Interkingdom Anthropology, and SCA history. A favorite for him was
the newcomers class he would teach with Master Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen,
lovingly referred to as the “Liam and Ernie Show.”
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Liam reads the scroll for his younger daughter’s Tyger’s Cub

Liam’s fundraising efforts throughout the years supported the kingdom in
many ways, and he was not afraid to embarrass himself to do it. Mistress
Aelfgifu of the Hazel Thicket shared: *“At a Barony Beyond the Mountain
Yule, many years ago, he participated in a fundraising auction. His
offering? He would sing and act out “I’m A Little Teapot” for the person
who offered the most money to the fundraiser. I have no recollection of how
much money was paid, but I will never forget him with one hand on his head
and the other as the “spout” as he “tipped” himself over…and that’s my
favorite Liam story.”*

Liam may have lived in the East Kingdom his entire SCA career, but he
touched those throughout the Known World. As the internet became a place of
SCAdian connection, “The Liamverse” was coined as Liam connected those far
and wide with others of similar interests. Liam was a longtime reporter for
the Pennsic Independent, and many rapier fighters credit him with making
sure that rapier events and battles were included in the news. A trip to
Calontir for Lilies’ War in 1999 netted him life-long friends and
connections across the known world, even before the internet made such
wide-ranging connections possible. He collected stories from people and
places wherever he traveled. His pilgrimage to Lilies’ War and ties to
Calontir provided him with one of his most popular stories, “Pavel and The
Traffic Cone.”Liam’s fundraising efforts throughout the years supported the
kingdom in many ways, and he was not afraid to embarrass himself to do it.
Mistress Aelfgifu of the Hazel Thicket shared: *“At a Barony Beyond the
Mountain Yule, many years ago, he participated in a fundraising auction.
His offering? He would sing and act out “I’m A Little Teapot” for the
person who offered the most money to the fundraiser. I have no recollection
of how much money was paid, but I will never forget him with one hand on
his head and the other as the “spout” as he “tipped” himself over…and
that’s my favorite Liam story.”*
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Liam. Liaming.

One of Liam’s favorite sayings was, *“If you can’t sing well, sing
loudly.”* And
sing loudly he did. A connoisseur of SCA Filk and Bardic, Liam could often
be found at Calontir Bardic Nights at Pennsic. He taught classes, shared
lists of important SCA songs, and supported SCA musical creators whenever
possible.

Baroness Aline Swynbroke, OL, currently in An Tir, formerly of Ansteorra,
shared:* “Liam was the sort of peer who welcomed others to the fire, made
them comfortable, and shared the SCA’s history in a way that was
accessible, but never stuffy. Never ‘Well, I was there, so this is THE
way…’ He was the kind of peer that put people at ease. And the kind who,
when he saw me completely shell shocked after my [vigil announcement] on
Friday morning, smiled and told me to relax and just keep having fun. That
was the secret.”*

In his own words, *“ I have, umm, a bubbly personality. I am friendly and
loud and round. If I am around, people know. Hard to miss. Kind of like,
say, a hurricane.” *Liam was, in fact, a force of nature.
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Liam apologizes to the King at the conclusion of one of his many quests.

Liam had a big heart and a big mouth, along with a wicked sense of humor
that often got him into and out of trouble. He once bragged to the then
Queen Marguerite inghean Lachlainn that “he knew everybody” and got himself
a quest to make 1,000 introductions. *“This is exactly the kind of quest he
lived for. It wasn’t punishing him, by any means – it wasn’t really even
keeping him out of trouble,”* says Countess Marguerite. *“But it was
keeping him busy and on topic.”* This set off a hilarious cascade of
events, including Liam trying to introduce the king to his own wife, and
his proteges running ahead of him to make introductions before he could. He
completed the quest, though, and presented her Majesty with a book of 1,000
connections.

Liam took great joy in the accomplishments of others, and would often be
heard bragging about the accomplishments of those around him. Of particular
pride were his wife Alethea’s reign as queen of the East, and his
daughters’ accomplishments and eventual peerages.* “‘Lay-um’ St. Liam was a
magnet. He knew everyone and everyone knew him. His kindness and friendship
could be felt radiating out from him and through every other person he
touched,”* Mistress Naomi Bat Avraham shared.

He is survived by his wife, Countess Alethea Eastriding, best friend Lady
Serafina Della Torre, his daughters, Mistress Tola knitýr and Mistress
Leonete D’Angely, with their spouses Lord Arngrimr Meinfretr and Lord Ulfr
Steinsson and his two beloved grandchildren, as well as by the girls’
mother, Master Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Sviatoslavina vnuchka. He
leaves behind multiple proteges, households – especially Sharc Pit and
Maguire’s Marauders – and a devastated kingdom.

An in-person memorial service will be held in March 2021, sometime after
COVID-19 stops threatening to take away the people we love. If you would
like to make a donation in his honor, we recommend the Special Olympics,
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If Liam had been writing this obit, he would have done so with a beer in
one hand, the Kenneth Branaugh *Henry V* playing in the background and his
Red Sox themed coronet jammed down on his head. He is deeply, deeply missed.



*photos provided by Liam’s family.*

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