RIP Dogman McBill
The Carmel character and two-time mayoral candidate known as Dogman McBill is dead at 63.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Dogman's real name was William Clement Winfield II. Just weeks before he died he said he'd make a "third time's the charm" mayoral run, referring to his two previous contests against incumbent Carmel Mayor Sue McCloud. McBill said he ran to force the 5-termer to fight for her seat and to create a semblance of democracy in the village. When he learned that McCloud would face serious opposition this year, he planned to withdraw from the race.
McBill sported long gray hair and always wore black. "He was one in a million", says his wife, Gail Winfield. "How many people do you know who are 6'11"?" In kindergarten, he was already taller than his teacher, Winfield says. But he was also a giant in spirit and heart and dreams that he never fully realized. "He was always striving to be great at something," Winfired recalls. He wrote and performed folk music, and hoped to join the 65 and over tennis tour, his wife says.
The couple started out running house painting and window washing businesses. They later worked as caretakers at the Victorine Ranch, a breathtakingly beautiful Carmel Highlands property, Winfield says, and made a foray into raising pit bulls in a purple school bus, which gave McBill his nickname, but which never really worked as a business.
McBill is survived by his wife, two brothers and his mother. A memorial service is planned for his birthday, Feb. 26.