Academic journal article Fordham Urban Law Journal

Tribute from a Son

Academic journal article Fordham Urban Law Journal

Tribute from a Son

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This has been a difficult period for my family. In an increasingly dangerous time, our dad was still our source of security. In this trying time, we have experienced an uncommon showing of love, concern and kindness that has bolstered our spirits.

My father loved all of you very much. He rarely showed emotion, but the ease of his smile and twinkle in his big blue eyes always reflected his true feelings. He cared little for material possessions, yet he possessed much. He was able to give unconditionally, whether that was a kind word, helpful advice, or a favor. Yet he never kept score. There were no Joneses to keep up with, but there were Joneses to help. My father did not know what a Palm Pilot was, he did not own a cell phone, and probably never logged onto the Internet. Yet in this connected age, he made more connections with people than anyone I know. He connected with the goodness of people.

Bill loved his music, the ocean, sports, but he loved having a good time with friends the most. He cherished his time at the law school and the people he met there. From Bill Mulligan through John Feerick; from Joe Crowley through Gus Katsoris; from Chicky through Marilyn Force, all of you in so many ways added immeasurable joy and meaning to his life. And we thank you. And to the students and alumni, he thought there was no finer group of students and people. He was very proud of you all.

It is impossible to enumerate or speak of all the friends because he made so many. …

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