A SON, A FATHER, A BROTHER, A FIANCE, A BEST FRIEND
Many of you knew him as ‘Bill’ or ‘Billy’…I knew him as ‘Dad’.
My Father was a very unique individual.
As a young boy, I realized early on that my Father wasn't like any other dad I'd ever seen.
He dressed differently - Leather jackets, flowery vests, tight jeans, and cowboy boots. He looked different. Always had that long messy hair. He lived life differently. He drove sports cars and rode motorcycles and did what he wanted to do.
This is how I will forever picture my Father and I wouldn't change a single thing.
My Father did everything in his power to be a good Dad.
I am grateful that he always showed affection with hugs and kisses and he would always tell me he loved me.
Over the years I watched Dad go from running a waterproofing company to becoming the best tribal art collector. My father exposed to some of the most rare and interesting things throughout my life. I am forever grateful.
There are so many moments that will stay with me forever such as running with my Father in the New York Marathon, going on road trips with Dad on the back of his Indian Motorcycle and attending my first Toronto Maple Leaf game at Maple Leaf Gardens.
Over the past several years, Dad and I grew a lot closer. I began to understand and relate to him more on many different levels. He watched as I entered into adulthood. I wish I could have spent more time with him, learning more about his business and sharing in the adventures. I still have so many things I wanted to tell him and questions I wanted to ask.
Later this year, I wanted Dad to witness me walk down the aisle with my beautiful fiancée, Megan…to watch me become a Father and eventually make Dad a Grandfather.
As my Dad would want you to, remember all the good times and adventures you shared together. He loved you all very much and will continue to watch over all of us.
Dad would wish for everyone to live your life to the fullest potential and do what you love and what you want…because that is exactly how he lived his life. Never discriminate and treat everyone as your best friend and you will never truly be alone.
This is why so many people loved and cared for him.
I am and will forever be proud of my Dad for everything he had accomplished in such a short period of time. I always looked up to my Father. He was such a kind-hearted man. i
I will forever love and miss my Dad. He will always be my idol. I’m sorry we never had a chance to say good-bye.