William Clair Sechman

June 12, 1949December 30, 2011

William Clair “Bill” “Byrd” Sechman, 62, owner, devoted operator and musician surrendered to the void on Friday, December 30, 2011.

Sechman, was a member of the popular ‘60s Tidewater band widely known as the Norfolk Aliens. Outspoken, irreverent, yet enigmatic, he left his mark on all he met and those he loved.

Without prejudice, he is survived by his loving sister and brothers, a plethora of nieces, nephews, cousins and a world at large that is lesser without the love he made.

Services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 2:00 PM, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, January 3, 2012

William Clair Sechman

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July 23, 2017

He was a friend of mine
Every time I hear his name
Lord I just can't keep from crying
Cause he was a friend of mine

June 21, 2015

Clair....always living, beating in so many hearts.

Scott Sechman

June 16, 2014

I love you. I miss you and think of you every day, dear brother.

Lucille Nordan

October 23, 2012

I miss you so much. You were like a big brother to me. I will never forget you calling me Darling alot. We have been in the same boat and have been stigmatized so much. I still feel you live in our home in the spirit. Take care, big brother. You are loved so much.

Thank you for coming to our wedding.

Your adopted little Sister,

Lee Jones-Hubert

June 20, 2012

Bill, I only just learned of your passing and will miss the multiple times our lives criss-crossed from being lab partners in the 11th grade to jamming in your home just a few years back. Rock-on, brother

Hayley Sechman

January 13, 2012

Although I was not able to be with you on your next journey, I miss and think of you daily. You are my most favorite uncle and the talks and adventures you took me on changed me and helped me grow as a person. Even though I didn't/couldn't spend as much time as I would have liked with you, I knew you where always there for me, even when I called drunk and heartbroken in the middle of the night. You were an educator, friend, eccentric, talented musician, and hell of a strong person. You lead by example how to be a gentleman and a compassionate person. I will miss you deeply and cherish all the moments I had with you. I love you always.

Kathy Green

January 12, 2012

I don't know how my earlier, probably sappy, message of love for you was somehow lost in this guest book. But it is the only time my love for you was misplaced. I am so grateful to Scott and his son for making sure you felt my love as you you were slipping away. A swift kiss, then no more pain. I promise. Ace promises.

Janet Nauman

January 5, 2012

I am so sorry to hear about Bill. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Janet "Sechman" Nauman.

Jon Buriak

January 5, 2012

Byrd, I was just teasing you about stealing my girlfriend 40 years ago..........I will always love you, man...........Don't forget it!.........May you RIP, until.....

Deb. (Grow) Freed

January 5, 2012

So many years ago I met Clair (Byrd), a talented and sweet guy. We were all kids and having a blast back then. They were wonderful times and your talents grew and we reconnected a few years back and you had that same humor, that same secret grin I loved seeing. You hadn't changed and I was so happy to have seen you again. We loved you, loved the contributions you made to this world that touched so many along the way. You made it brighter and you will live on in our hearts. I know I will smile when I relive those beautiful days. Safe journey my dear friend.