Former Tribune columnist Bill Morem dead at 63

September 15, 2015

Bill MoremWilliam F. Morem, formerly a longtime reporter, editor and columnist for The San Luis Obispo Tribune, died at 63. [Tribune]

Sheriff’s personnel found Morem dead inside his Los Osos home Monday. The U.S. Postal Service asked the sheriff’s office to conduct a welfare check after finding mail piling up at Morem’s home.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of Morem’s death. The county coroner’s office is determining whether to conduct an autopsy.

Morem had a 26-year career as a journalist in San Luis Obispo County. He worked as an editor of Tribune subsidiaries the Cambrian and Morro Bay Sun Bulletin.

Morem also spent several years as The Tribune’s opinion editor. He then became a columnist, copy editor and reporter for The Tribune.

Sandra Duerr, executive editor of The Tribune, said Morem touched thousands with his work. He was particularly passionate about advocating for the homeless and downtrodden, Duerr said.

Morem is survived by his former wife Sharon Morem, daughter Caitlin, grandson Madden Vaughan and brother Jim Morem. Morem’s family is requesting that donations be made in his memory to the Prado Day Center and Woods Humane Society.


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18 Comments

  1. Perspicacious says:

    “The U.S. Postal Service asked the sheriff’s office to conduct a welfare check after finding mail piling up at Morem’s home.”

    The POST OFFICE asked for him to be checked on?!

    If the mail had been stacking up long enough for the PO to check on him, where was his family?

    “Morem is survived by his former wife Sharon Morem, daughter Caitlin, grandson Madden Vaughan and brother Jim Morem. Morem’s family is requesting that donations be made in his memory to the Prado Day Center and Woods Humane Society.”

    Sorry family, I think I will make a donation to the NRA and Donald Trump in his memory. Not one person gave him a call during the who knows how long the mail stacked up time?

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    • Kevin 99 says:

      “I will make a donation to the NRA and Donald Trump in his memory.” Those are the words of a bully and a coward. It takes a very, very small man to insult the dead.

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      • Perspicacious says:

        Fercryin’ out loud! Read my posts. I was insulting the LIVING, not the dead. Brush up on your cognitive abilities, would you?

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    • cindi powell says:

      Don’t be too judgemental, Perspicacious. You don’t know the whole story. Neither do I, but I’m willing to bet you life svaings that there is one. There was a tragic event in my family too, and we were subjected to people like who judged without background knowledge, and with the naive belief that you can change the behavior of another person. I hope you are just naive and stupid.

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      • Perspicacious says:

        I am judging based on this story. I just find it amazing that the P.O. had to have him checked on. There wasn’t a true friend or family member that cared enough to give him a call or check on him? I only knew him in passing. Quite a bit of correspondence and met him in person a couple of times. Of course there is another part of the story, but I find it hard to believe that NOBODY close to him cared enough to check on him.

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  2. dogeatdog says:

    sorry to hear he dies alone, I live alone and hope not to be found like him. RIP

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  3. Black_Copter_Pilot says:

    He made the Tribune what it is today, a left-leaning daily that I cancelled years ago. His readers and family will miss him, he left his mark.

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    • Perspicacious says:

      You are wrong about that. Bill leaned Libertarian if he leaned anywhere. He was the opinion page editor, not the Executive Editor. I have been known to be a very conservative letter writer. Bill never failed to publish my letters. Only after he gave up the responsibilities of the opinion page did my letters stop getting published. I asked him why that was and he told me to cc the letters to him that I submitted and he would see to it that they got published. And they did. The Tribune now doesn’t give a RA about conservative viewpoints, and their reporters ignore correspondence. If anything, Bill kept them from going down into the liberal cesspool quicker than they did.

      He may have stepped on some toes and probably made a few mistakes, but he is one of two people at the Tribune I actually know/knew and respect. I am one right wing conservative who is very saddened by his passing.

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      • Black_Copter_Pilot says:

        Absolutely not what I remember while reading his column. I guess two can read the same thing and come to different conclusions. I know nothing of his being an editor, just read his column and he came across as a flaming liberal.

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        • Perspicacious says:

          Yes, he was a columnist also, and some did lean left, but he did not influence the Tribulation to go down the path to hell. That would be the current management that is doing that.

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        • Perspicacious says:

          Bob Cuddy is a different story. He DID lean so far left he fell into the cesspool and never got out. He DID help the tribulation down the wrong path. He was definitely a rude, obnoxious, dufus.

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  4. LAH says:

    Because people were hurt over stories he wrote without interviewing the people involved. I guess to Bill, at the time the truth didn’t matter …..

    Ok now that I said it, I am sad for his family and friends who find his death a loss. I am not one to wish anyone leaving this earth. Loss of life is always a huge loss.

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    • LAH says:

      Oh this was to reply to jimmy-me,
      “Why would anyone give this comment a thumbs down?”

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    • Perspicacious says:

      What are you talking about?

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  5. fishing village says:

    Bill was a great writer and a true gentleman, he will be missed.

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  6. Sarboss says:

    Bill was one of those who made Los Osos a better place, a real gentleman.

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    • jimmy_me says:

      Wow! How could anyone give this comment a thumbs down?

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      • SloNative46 says:

        Because as has been said many times, “You can’t fix stupid.”

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