We are friends with Bills brother, John . After reading the wonderful write-up about his brother, we feel like we knew him a little bit. I know he was a wonderful man, who will be missed so much. But what a comfort to know where he is now, with Jesus & totally healed. Our loss is heaven's great gain. Our thoughts & prayers are with you!
John, sounds like you got your quick wit from your Dad. Sorry for your loss and I am sorry you have been sick. Jane Nalty
i love you big brother i am grateful for the time we got to share with you !
Bill and I met over 40 years ago when I was 17 years old. He was a young handsome sailor with a sweet smile and a personality any girl could not resist. My mom and dad said..oh no..not a sailor but a little over a year later we were married. Life happened and we were blessed with 4 amazing children that daily I thank God for. We agreed that my career was at home with the children and what a wonderful choice that was. This allowed Bill to pursue his career. When Bill started his career serving veterans he was one of the youngest men in his position in the agency and when he retired I believe he was one of the few remaining from the original "team". When he spoke with our pastor he expressed regrets and Dr. Baskin in his wisdom said we all have regrets, we've all made mistakes, if we didn't we wouldn't need our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Bill smiled because he knew he was saved and that reminder gave him peace and comfort. He had once expressed a desire in our younger years to become a missionary, and yes God did give him a mission field...our American veterans who he served with respect, love and honor. He now knows in eternity how many lives he touched and how many young men and women's lives were enriched by knowing him. Bill leaves a legacy not only through his career but our 4 beautiful children, daughters-in-law and grandchildren. All of us have our own love language to show our love and Bill's was his desire and success in providing a beautiful home and security for his family. It has been a long journey to this day..total sadness and disbelief..Bill lost the battle with his illness but is victorious in Jesus Christ. I know without a shadow he is with the Lord immediately after he took his last breath..our children are such a comfort ..each has amazing qualities they inherited from their dad..Billy an amazing sense of humor..Joey kindness and generosity..Patrick a love of country and military...Emilee strong character and fortitide..of course all these qualities overlap in each of them but I see Bill in all of them and he will always be with us...the last week with Bill at home was the most precious time that none of us would trade. It was a privilege to walk through this with Bill and to be by his side to care for him, pray with him, cry with him ,hope with him and hold him. His true character showed thru, all the pain, uncertainty, poking and prodding, he would grab the hand of the doctor, nurse, or aid and say thank you...God bless you..moments of unbelievable grief overtake us at this time but we have God's promise from His Word..Bill believed that promise..we believe that promise..Bill is in eternity with the Lord..And yes in the sweet by and by we WILL meet on that beautiful shore!
I was a colleague of Bill's in the Veterans' Employment and Training Service, and his boss for many years. Bill was a terrific Regional Administrator and advocate for veterans, Reservists and Guardmembers. Thousands of men and women owe him thanks for the help that they received when they were looking for a job. Bill was a respected leader with a big heart and real smarts. He deserved a joyful retirement; I trust that he has found it now in Heaven.