- 47 years old
- Date of birth: Mar 17, 1967
- Place of birth:
New York, New York, United States
- Date of passing: Apr 6, 2014
- Place of passing:
Hicksville, New York, United States
|Daddy's adventure here ends but a new one begins ~ Anabelle Jon (daddy's little girl)|
This website was put together with the love of his daughters Laura-14 yrs old (she picked the song) & Anabelle-11 yrs old (she did the quote above) and wife, An (everything else).
Bill beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, godfather, cousin and friends to many is gone too soon, we miss and love him always. We are so grateful for the precious gift of the time, love, and laughter we shared.
Bill and An began their daughters' education fund when they were still babies. In lieu of flowers and baskets, please consider making a contribution which will be earmarked for their college fund.
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"To my dear partner in crime...thinking of you always and hard to fathom that 3 years has passed when our world stopped and I lost my best friend, my husband and father to our kids in a quick moment. As you always preached, make the most of your time.
Our time and life is so precious and so vulnerable that it is so easy to play it safe but that was not your MO..you always worked hard but you also played hard as that was always your competitive nature in you. In that tough exterior was a loving, kind and gentle person who would do anything for his family and extended family of friends.
Though 3 years has passed, I remember it like yesterday and the pain and sorrow of losing you and trying to keep strong for our girls. Also remembering how weak I was after we laid you to rest and coming to the realization, you would no longer be here in body, only in mind and spirit.
Life as we know it, would change forever....you keep us strong and the confidence to go on in this new life.... it is not easy but you left us in good hands. we send you all our love always and forever
xoxoxoxo mama jon"
"Happy belated bud. Been a bit distracted lately. You’re still in our thoughts. You seem to have impacted a lot of people, including Jessica. Happy 50, and keep watch over everyone."
"Good morning honey,
This tribute was meant to be written yesterday, sorry not an easy day yesterday to wake up and not be able to say happy birthday personally.
I wish you were here in person for us to celebrate your 50th birthday....not like we would have planned a surprise birthday party for you...wink, wink...
We visited you yesterday to sing and wish you a happy birthday and there were signs of your presence with a bird chirping at the top of his lungs in the tree above you, (we know how you had the gift of gab..and I took that as a sign of you :) and the Long Island Rail road passing in the background as we know that was your form of commuting back and forth everyday to work for over almost 15 years.
Everyday there is a constant reminder of you, as that is how intertwined you were in each of our lives. You are dearly loved by many and in their thoughts often. We kept our gathering low key this year as that is how you would have liked it. It's funny how you were the biggest kid when it came to celebrating others birthdays or being the first to text that person to acknowledge their birthday or doing something out of the blue for that person but it went it came to yourself, you were low key and if we just went to dinner to celebrate that's all you needed. always thinking of others and putting all those you love ahead of yourself.
We love you hon with ALL OUR HEART, know we don't stop thinking of you and all the memories of you in your short time here with us. Know we will continue your legacy and all the foundations you have laid before us.
lovingly An, Laura and Anabelle"
"Happiest of Birthdays in Heaven Bill! The sun is shining bright for the first time in days!! It was also such a bright day last year on your birthday too. You truly are bringing warmth and sunshine to An Marie and the girls from heaven <3
We wish you were here to meet our sweet little Emma. Just 4 months old, and this little gem brings so much happiness to all of our lives.
We miss you dearly :)
Kristina, Ian and Emma"
Happy 50th! Wish you were here to celebrate together! Would had love to tell you how it is being in the 50's Club!
Today is a day to celebrate your life. How lucky we were to have you in our life. Lots of memories. Thanks Bully!"
"Happy "50" to you Bill!
Jim, the boys, and I keep your memories alive and kickin'. You are dearly missed by many and continue.to inspire the boys in many ways. We can't help but smile when we share our fond memories with you, An, and the girls. We love you all! Now don't go kicking all the leprechauns up there. :P"
Catching up for the month, went skiing at our favorite place a couple weeks ago. It was spring skiing, you would have loved it, knowing you, you would have skied in your shorts! 60 degrees, can't beat that.
Laura is progressing in her volleyball adventure, going to all day tournaments and even traveling out of state for these tournaments. She is enjoying the experience and your little one is going to be playing in her fist volleyball tournament this Friday! Girls are doing well in school.
I am doing well and the usual running around. Really miss you and wish you could be here. I continue to see signs of you and know you were with us at the ski trip and volleyball tournaments.
We love you and sorely miss you, all our love, hugs and kisses from your girls....xoxoxo mama jon"
It's Chinese New Year, year of the Rooster, for me and AJ.
i wish you were here, the girls are getting older and wish you could see how much they have grown. Laura played in her first all day volleyball tournament. It was a great experience for her and she did wonderful, she has truly progressed by leaps and bounds and plays a lot better than me, she has a wicked overhand serve! Anabelle is on her first volleyball team where she will gain the skills and experience.
Girls got through their first midterm exams in their new schools, and they are both doing well in school.
Uncle Henry passed away a couple days ago, my aunt simeona's husband whom you met when we were in the Philippines. Please look out for him in heaven and show him the ropes in the blue blue sky, which I know you will.
I miss you each day no matter what I'm doing or where I am, always wondering if you were here, what you would be doing or what you were up to. You were always full of surprises. You are forever in my heart, I love you always.
Just checking in for the month...venturing in this new year. Wish you were here, miss you like no tomorrow.
The holidays were busy as usual. The girls are growing up lightning speed. Anabelle and Laura progressing in their love for volleyball. They are doing well in school, you would be proud. As for me, busy with work and trying to keep the balance with home life. I love you and miss you terribly. Continue to watch over us and guide us along the way.
xoxoxoxo mama jon"
It's that time of year where it hurts the most not having you here, the holidays where we spend with our loved ones. Just to hear your voice, to crack a joke and put a smile on my face, to have a conversation with you, a hug , a taste of your off the top of your head recipes,the love you have for myself and the girls, making the most of our days, enjoying the great outdoors, etc...the simple things I miss most about you. Love you to moon and back, xoxoxo mama jon"
It's November and fall is underway...we went hiking to see the fall foliage a few weeks ago at Mohonk. I remember when you first took me there and it was beautiful and sunny like when we went there. Laura finished her volleyball season and what a great experience for her and joining model un club. Anabelle is also active in school, selected to be in the math olympiads club, art club and doing cheer(where she learned to an aerial!) She is even a teacher now for kindergartners in baton.
Me, still trying to jam so many things in a day like you used to. Don't worry, trying to make sure keeping healthy. Garage sale was a success and everyone did well. The kids did a lemonade and pumpkin muffin stand and they did well, you would have been proud and probably have made a homemade stand and sign for them. I truly thought of you all day that day and reminisced our other garage sales, how you used to hand do all the signs and take care of hanging them early in the morning. So much I appreciate what you did and you made it all look so easy. Thanksgiving is soon and before i know it christmas.
We miss you each day and never forget what you mean to us. Love you to the moon and back....xoxoxo mama jon"
Another month gone by and not a day goes by that we do not think of you or remember a happy thought or funny anecdote of you. You know we miss you so very much and remember like it was yesterday when we saw you for the last time. Hon, no matter how much time goes by, you will never be forgotten. You are my strength and my inspiration to keep going and be here for our girls. Keep us in good spirits and watch over and guide as you have always. We love you. Hugs and kisses from us all, xoxoxo momma jon"
Hugs and kisses to you up above. To this day, still hurts just as much that you are not here in person to see how lovely our daughters are growing up to be. They are both transitioning into their new schools and embracing it. Took their transitional pose in front of our stoop on the 1st day of school. Anabelle doing cheerleading and Laura on her jv volleyball team and both learning and having fun! We will continue to be both proud parents. They are growing up so fast, I wish time would stop even for a split second. Miss you and love you lots and lots and continue to shower us with your love! xoxoxoxo mama jon"
hugs and kisses first off...miss you to infinity. The house is going through a transformation...finally getting our kitchen project done. Wish you were here to see it. The girls were in summer camp and enjoying the outdoors and taking advantage of the local beaches around. Other than that, a quiet month and now a month to go before your girls start school and will be in new schools. A big year for the girls. I know you will be by their side to guide them. Continue to shower us with your love and guidance and keeping a watchful eye on us. As always, love you so much...miss you everyday. xoxoxoxo mama jon"
Another month gone by, and another month without you.
Your physical presence may be absent but your spirit lives strong. So many poignant moments happened in the month of June and I know you were there for every one of them. Too many signs of you to count, enough to know that your spirit lives on.
Both your girls have graduated, we are proud parents. They finished with high honors and recognized by their school and teachers and principal! Laura on her way to high school and Anabelle off to Middle
School. I did my first duatholon and realized when I got home from the race that we were the same age and I placed just like you did in your division for your gender. As I said there are no more coincidences, just instances where you are guiding and supporting us. There was couple times I cramped during the race but it hurt more to walk so I was determined to run/jog. Somehow I felt you played a role in that to push and encourage me. Your bike worked like a charm and I felt so proud to be able to represent you. Your are always deep in my thoughts and I send you my love each and everyday. xoxoxo, mama jon"
Another month gone by without your smiling face. So much to catch you up on..cousins Edgar and Edson and families were visiting and we had a wonderful time. Had many adventures and lots of eating but don't worry watching what I eat and still continue to train and ramp up for the biatholon in two weeks! Took your bike out for a spin for the first time outside this past weekend and it made me think how I can't believe I am actually doing my 1st biatholon, something you have been encouraging me to do with you in years past. I really wish you were here so we could run and bike side by side. I know you will be with me in spirit from beginning to end. Laura's volleyball team one the championships and we are so proud of her! Anabelle had her talent show and she was super! Laura is getting ready for her 8th grade dance with a lot of help from her kai ye and kai ma :) The girls are blossoming into young ladies and soon will be moving onto new schools as they graduate this year!
So much is happening and keep wishing you were to witness it all with me. Keep letting us know that you are around as it is a big comfort to know that you are still here with us.
We love you and miss you terribly as always....xoxoxo mama jon"
"Happy belated 16th wedding anniversary, hon...just a few days late..my cousins from the philippines visited with their families and they miss you like we all do.
We had a bbq the night of our anniversary and we toasted you and I toasted you and thanked you for a most memorable and beautiful wedding...a day I will not soon forget as I officially became Mrs. Jon, and the start of the many happy moments we shared together as we began our life together as husband and wife.
You are my angel and i continue to look for guidance and as always you continue to surprise us with your signs. You still and always be the love of my life. I miss you terribly and wish you were here to share a toast with and and to reminisce with....love you ...xoxoxo mama jon"
First off, love you and miss you as always!
I see your photos and visions of you in my head and it makes it still hard to believe we have not had you here with us for two years. We went to see mom, dad and sis a week ago and it was wonderful trip and good bonding time with your family. Your song so timely is played in a pizza restaurant towards the end of our trip and we knew instantly you were there with us too :)
We know you will always be with us no matter where we are. The girls will be graduating soon and you would be so proud. The gang is conditioning me for the biatholon, the same one you always did on father's day. We love you so much and wish you were here each and everyday. Love you always, xoxoxo mama jon"
It's been a whiles since I visited, but you are always in my thoughts. As you probably already know from An, I've been working on your bike :)
We stumbled across your sweaty cycling shorts and jersey in the garage (that was an awesome sign). You did some amazing tinkering on your bike and I hope I lived up to your standards getting your bike fitted so An can use it on her first Biathlon....she's going to continue your legacy!
Your girls are growing up fast. Annabelle still has your personality and energy and Laura continues to excel academically! You gave them a good foundation and it always amazes everyone when we see them all grow."
"We remember Bill, we think about Bill, we talk about Bill ... we even dream about Bill! He will live in us for as long as we ourselves are alive."
"Thanks for the happy memories even in our dreams. It leaves a spark in our lives. We will hold the Fort until then.....Uncle Don and Aunt Jane"
"4/6/16 Hi honey...a day I dread to remember, the day our world changed forever for us all. One moment you are here and the next you are not all in a split second. Though it has been two years, it is not a so distant memory of the last time I saw you or what we did the day before the faithful day..it is still crisp in my vision as if it were just last week.
We keep you in our hearts and thoughts every wakening night and day. You are so missed and loved by all our friends and family that it still hurts so much to this day that we are not graced with your presence.
You have definitely left your mark and imprint on all of us which we will not soon forget. We see signs of you, as our friends and family do as well, which consoles and is somewhat healing to know that you are still with us, to guide us and let us know that you are okay and that we will be okay.
You would be so proud of the girls and how they are adjusting to this new way of life. There will be no one ever like you, you are a diamond in the rough. I miss and love you so much...xoxoxoxo always and forever, mama jon"
"Happy Birthday Bud. Got together with many of your close friends at the cemetery last week all of us toasting you with Diet Coke w/lime. Got there early. It was good talking to you. Your girls are all doing fine. As I said, you've left them in good hands. Your legacy continues and people still talk about you as if you're still there, sharing the good times. Thank you for inspiring all of us with your presence on earth.
I think of you often and wish you were here. I now realize another connection between us is that you're a Pisces like me (Mar 10th)! I keep your memorial card in front of my computer where I see it daily, and I keep your memory near also. You were a good man and a great husband and father--I see it in your family. I'm glad I knew you.
"Hi hon...a candle for your birthday, you're 49th one...visited you on the way home today and felt your presence as I spoke to you ...the warm sunlight bringing a glitter to your plaque and the strong breeze that touched my face. I facetimed the girls so they could say happy birthday personally to you too :) We love you so much and wish you were here....xoxoxoxo, happy birthday my love...all my love..mama jon"
Wishing you a very happy birthday in heaven. Today was such a beautiful day as you shared your sunshine on An Marie and the girls from heaven. We all miss you.
Kristina and Ian"
Happy Birthday in Heaven!
We see signs that you are watching over all of us.
Thank you Lil' Bro!
You will be so proud to know that An Marie is doing a great job raising your girls!
As you know already, we will always be there for her and JonGirls."
"DEAREST ANAMARIE and your two angels,
I am talking to you because you still can feel my words and listen to my feeling: Keep going forward. The bright light of the future is yours.
I am glad I was there with you the night and day you faced the reality you were left behind by Bill.
Just letting you know I am still here for you.
You wouldn't believe how often I think of you! And today, especially -- St. Patty's Day AND your birthday. (I hope they serve green Pringles and Twinkies in heaven!)
Continue to be a shining light for An-Marie, your beautiful daughters, and all your friends (of whom I count myself as one). Although you were much younger than I, you taught me much, Mister Bill.
"Hi hon...it's nearly two years when you left us and I still can not believe the time and how quickly time has gone by.
No matter how much time has passed, it will always seem like yesterday that we lost you. I miss you each passing day. Continue to be the sunshine on my face and be the light for that glimmer of hope that everything will be okay. You will always be the love of my life...xoxoxo mama jon"
How quickly time flies...a month into the new year already. Happy Chinese New Year! Our girls are doing well in school..you would be so proud. Laura and Anabelle are both math wizes.taking after you, daddy. We've had a blizzard with almost 30" of snow..within days the snow melted and you would have not known we had that much snow days before. Busy training for the duatholon and thanks to ray, he helped me adjust your race bike so I can train and ride in the race with it. I know you will be with me to inspire me and be tenacious to the finish line. I think of you and wish you were here in person so we could have trained together...you would give me good pointers and keep reminding me to pace myself so that I would not burn out.
Our friends and I continue to see signs of you and feel your presence. We will toast you next month for your birthday and have a lime diet coke ready for you..love you hon, catch up with you again in March. xoxoxoxo mama jon"
Another year without you, and missing you ever so more. A new year to look forward to with our girls. Some important things upcoming for the girls..AJ graduating from Elementary and LJ graduating from MS. Myself training for my 1st biatholon. You are our inspiration in all we do...you give us hope and strength to continue on in this new life and to overcome challenges and also to learn to always make most of what you have and learn to stop and to do what interests and identifies you.
You continue to show us signs of your presence which is comforting. I continue to imagine what new and crazy things you would convince us to try and share with you....you certainly kept life interesting and we loved your spontaneity..we love you so much and think of you each and every day as do your friends and family as we can not help to reminisce a story about you whenever we see each other.
xoxoxo...mama jon 1.2.16"
I got into the spelling bee and made it to the second round, the sad thing is that I spelled kangaroo wrong and almost coffee. Laura turned 13 a few days ago. Mommy got me and Laura an Elf On The Shelf and we named her Hope. She sat on the shelf/brick wall 4 days ago and yesterday she was on the middle of the Mac computer in the dining room. it is almost Christmas!!! I am finally graduation elementary school but I am sad because I will be leaving all of the teachers I know to get like 10 new ones. But, I will be able to make (hopefully) many new friends. On Laura's B-day party, I went rock climbing for the fist time ever! It was so much fun!!! Me and Emma believe that all of the fortune cookies we opened are connected in some way. Also, the new star wars movie is coming out and we are gonna see it on opening day....Christmas! The movie theater is going to literally packed.
"Hi hon..checking in for the month..as always missing you each and everyday. Thanksgiving around the corner and Christmas not far behind...School year moving along and you we be proud of the girls as they are doing well in school. A couple weeks ago we visited the place upstate you would take us hiking...the foliage and waterfall was beautiful...you were in our thoughts as we reminisced when you had taken us in past years. We love you to the moon and back...xoxoxo mama jon"
"Hi hon...another month gone by..a year and a half later and you are ever more in our thoughts. You continue to be an inspiration to the girls and I and all those you have touched.
I finally did it...I signed up to do a duatholon, something you have been encouraging me to do all these years.I know you;ll be with me every step of the way as I train...
we send our love and miss you to the moon and back...xoxoxo mama jon"
"Hi hon....another month gone by, month 17 and I am missing you as much as the next day. The summer was over in a blink of an eye. The girls began school this past week and we took our traditional photos of the girls in front of the house on the first day of school. This will be a milestone year for the girls as they graduate from their respective schools in June.I know you will be here in spirit to guide them through the year....you would be so proud of them.
I miss seeing your smile, your silliness that made me laugh, your plethora of knowledge and trivia,your energy that kept us active, and the love and kindness you showed to those around you. Love you always and forever, mama jon"
"Hi Papa Jon!
I can't believe that the summer just flew by. It's been a while since I visited but just want to let you know you are always in our thoughts. I found another song that reminds me of you (the song from Fast and Furious 7), it's a pretty good fit for you. It's funny how I ended up working at Brickwell Bikes. It reminds me of you and how you liked working at REI. It's a job we enjoyed no matter what the pay was or how long we are on our feet, it was something that we liked doing.
Your girls are growing up too fast and always continue to amaze me. Anabelle is still singing and dancing just like the way you remember. She will always have your energy and smile. Laura is growing up and continuing to be studious in school. It is good that she's trying to be more active in school activities and hope that she makes it onto the volleyball team. An continues to inspire us with her strength and determination to raise the girls you both would have wanted them to be. As always, us guys will try to help out whenever possible and be there for An and the girls.
FYI, your lawn mower is running good. Your weed whacker needs a cable replacement, but running good and your leaf blower is also running good. I can't say the same with your pressure washer, I think that needs to be replaced, but Jay says those things always go bad :)
That's all for now Papa, I am sure you know we all miss you very much, so keep on dropping signs to keep us smiling ok!"
"Hi hon...just checking in and month 16..the summer is breezing by and we are keeping busy and soon the girls will be back in school in a few weeks. Your spirit is with us wherever we are...we miss you ever so much and continue the traditions you instilled in us. You are our angel and love you always and forever...xoxoxo mama jon"
Month 15...i wish i could say it gets easier as time goes by, it some ways it does and in some ways it doesn't. I can finally say, we have new normalcy in terms of routines and day to day life but it is the emotional piece that is very difficult to get a handle on. I still see signs of you everywhere and strongly believe you are still here to watch over us and ensure our safety and well being and to remind us each day to live life to its fullest and to enjoy the finer things in life. I love where ever you are. All my love, mama jon"
"Hi hon...our little munchkin turned double digits a few days ago, now 10 years old..Anabelle is growing up fast...we miss you so much but we know you wouldn't miss her bday and know you are in our hearts and were here in spririt as she blew out her candles. You continue to be her inspiration as she matures and transforms from a little seedling to a blossoming flower..Love you hon...you are forever in our thoughts."
"Hi hon...14 months has gone by without you...just checking in and letting you know the girls and I miss you terribly. With the summer around the corner, we have been getting outdoors to enjoy the sun, playing volleyball, biking and most recently anabelle has found to have a liking towards basketball. You would be proud of the girls..laura just got awarded a certificate in being on the principal's list all the trimesters since 6th grade and perfect attendance. Anabelle is also going to get an award for coming in 2nd place in the science fair with her two classmate friends. We will miss your presence at these ceremonies but know you are with us in spirit no matter what the occasion. Love you with all our hearts...xoxoxo mama jon, laura and anabelle"
"5/27/15 Good morning my loving husband...a special day for you and I today..our 15th wedding anniversary. I remember that day as clear as day...one of the happiest day in my life as we embarked in our journey together. A year and half long preparation for the big day and it was everything we had hoped it would be...to be surrounded my our closest family and friends to witness the affirmation of our love for one another. Having you in my life truly opened my eyes to enjoy life and take it for what it was but always making the most of what you had and being creative and imaginative to stretch those means and to get the most out of it. Your love for the girls and I was evident each day as you would always put us first no matter how busy your day got and always manage to put a smile on our face regardless of the day we were having. I miss you like you can't imagine. I will have a glass wine for us both and a diet coke :) to toast our special day...love you always and forever, mama jon"
Another month gone by without you....missing you each day. I feel your presence each day which gives me strength and courage. As the weather gets warmer, it reminds me of all the busy activities ahead of us. How we always took advantage of the good weather to go do something outdoors or an impromtu day trip. You would be proud of the girls..doing well in school and growing up to be young ladies. Tomorrow is mother's day and it will not be easy with you not being here but why do I have this feeling you will make your presence known in some shape or form. I love you my dear always and forever....mama jon"
"My dearest Bill...here we are...this is the fateful day where our world changed forever and was turned upside down, sideways and every direction. It is one year today and not in a million years did I ever think that when I woke up that morning and I slipped into the garage to do a light run on the treadmill and you you telling me that you would run outside as you were washing the last of the dishes in the kitchen sink would be my last vision of you. Now that I reflect on that last memory of you, I now only see how symbolic that was...You telling me that you were going to run in the cold, symbolizes your persistence how you would not let anything stop you regardless of weather, braving the cold weather, living to life to the fullest each day and squeezing in a run right before going to work, washing the dishes...to me symbolizes your love and care of the home we built together for us and the children.
As I listen to the songs we hand selected for your website, "Waiting for Superman" is playing,,,everyday I was amazed how you balanced home, work and your own personal interests. I always thought you must have supernatural powers and that you were Superman... being able to do so much where what people constantly commented at your wake, that you accomplished more in your short time here that any one person could in a lifetime,
A year later, and the pain and grief of losing you I know will never go away but I realize now, the goal is not to stop that pain and grief but find ways to cope with the pain and grief. My theory is the pain and grief that I feel, only means that is how strong our bond and love for each other is and how much you meant to all of us.
We are coping with the help of the generosity of others, love and care of all our family and friends that will be there for us a lifetime. Bill, you also have an impact in how we cope, as we draw from your strength, give me courage, hope and your love to take baby steps to this next chapter in the Jon Family Adventure with you from above looking after us.
You have a strong spirit...as we see signs of you all the time...just the other day, I felt your presence...as the wind gusted at 40 miles an hour and I was stopped behind a white truck at a traffic light with your name written on it in BIG letters : "Bill"..WHITE signifying you were in heaven as an angel and Bill in big letter as you had a BIG impact in all our lives.
Bill...your life was well lived...you loved every aspect of your life, husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, godfather, friend, outdoorsman, competitor, and our superhero! Though your time here on earth was short, you have left behind a lifetime of memories and your legacy lives on forever.
We love you from space and back, as the kids would say :) You are the sunshine of my life and the brightest star in the night sky.
xoxoxoxoxo mama jon, April 6, 2015 7:55am"
"Happy birthday bud. You’ve done well during your life. You used your time here to build a great family and a horde of friends who now take what you’ve given them and use it to continue your legacy. I see this group every once in a while and it amazes me how strong the friendships are, how they all have each other’s back. You left your girls in good hands."
"For my inspirational Godfather Bill...Love, Justin
My godfather, William “Bill” Jon, was a prominent person in my life from whom I have learned many things that I will remember for the rest of my life. My godfather was married to my godmother, An-Marie, and had two daughters, Laura and Annabelle. For those of you wondering, godparents are people who your parents feel close enough to have them be your guardian; they are family. This is exactly what my godfather was to me.
When I was younger, my godparents included me on a few of their trips. On their visit five years ago, we went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and went to a Cincinnati Reds game four years ago. The following year my family joined them at Hershey Park. Every morning he would surprise us with breakfast and even bought us matching t-shirts. Considering how I was deathly afraid of riding rollercoasters at the time, I remember him saying that roller coasters are so amazing to ease my fears. My godfather was a thrill seeker and rode all of them. He always encouraged me to try everything. Remembering his courage, and with just an iota of fear, I rode the terrifying Rock 'n' Rollercoaster which rockets into the air then brings you through a loop. Emboldened by my godfather, I rode all of the rollercoasters I encountered. Now, most of the rollercoasters at Cedar Point as well as at King's Island have been conquered by me.
Two years ago, our families had a blast at Washington D.C. We had different tour times, but our paths crossed at the Supreme Court. We enjoyed dinner together each night. Again, my godfather had encouraged me to try something new, so I ordered a buffalo steak. It was real buffalo meat, which was surprisingly delicious.
Last Christmas my godparents and god sisters made the journey from New York to Ohio. We anxiously anticipated our activities over the holidays. We began the visit by snowboarding and skiing the whole day. My godfather was so excited to be the first person to take me down the slope. My godfather inspired me to go down one of the largest hills, as my parents would only let me go with him. I had never experienced such thrill as going down a steep slope in the biting wind. It was exhilarating, yet fearful, as the sides had only spiky trees to alleviate your fall. But I was not going to chicken out of the expedition while my god sister took all the glory. As we went down the hill, my god sister and I would pause because I was worried I would flip, whereas my daring godfather sped down like a bullet. This excursion taught me to take some risk and enjoy the moment. To my surprise the next day, my godfather said he found a shooting range. No, not the gun range, but the archery range. My godfather found out I enjoyed shooting a bow and arrow at a camp. I decided to use a compound bow, which has a sight, a place to rest the arrow while you aim, and a less resisted drawback. The instructor taught us the basics and led us to the first shooting area. There was a large paper target to shoot, with a back area made of straw. As we all shot our first arrow, my godfather taught us bow etiquette and how to hold the arrows when walking back. Our shots had all reached various places. My eldest god sister and I had hit the outer ring of the target. The next thing we did was go over to the dinosaur shooting area. Various foam dinosaurs were set up around the room. It was pretty hilarious when I shot the leg off one dinosaur. My bow had too much weight for the room so I went to the main shooting room. My god sisters were not as happy with me switching, but I had to for the good of the dinosaurs. We left a little while after to pick my brother up from his volunteer job at the hospital and decided to end the night with dinner. Little did we know, this was to be our last gathering.
Last spring on April sixth two thousand fourteen, a tragedy had bestowed our families. He was on his routine jog before going to work. As usual, he jogged without his phone, because he liked to run light. Around eleven o'clock, Laura and Annabelle were concerned because he had not returned home. My godmother thought she had missed him on his way to work at REI. My godfather was an avid athlete who completed triathlons and iron man competitions. When someone at REI called surprised he was late from work, my godmother called the police. That afternoon, the police arrived with shocking news that my godfather had suddenly died from a heart disease and the ambulance was not able to revive him. He was only 47. His death came as a shock to everyone because he led an extremely healthy life, which consisted of many outdoor activities. He was ferocious paint baller who even had his own YouTube channel with a ton of subscribers. We comforted them and went to the viewing, which evoked many feelings. At the funeral in New York, hundreds of family, friends, subscribers, and associates came to grieve. At the burial, it was windy and pouring rain. We took it as a sign that my godfather was present. Two days later, my dad, brother, and I went back home while my mom stayed with my godmother. It was a somber drive. I will never forget about my godfather. To this day, my Godfather Bill continues to inspire me to try new activities and be myself."
"I think about Bill all the time, especially on days like today and I miss him every time I think about him. There is a palpable heartache in my chest, but I wouldn't want to give it up. Happy birthday, dear Bill, and all my love to An-Marie, Laura and Anabelle."
Happy Birthday! As always we would celebrate your birthday in our own special way. SooHoo family on our own time with you as we lay you flowers and your diet coke that you would ordered and always include Tenny at the Orient Restaurant (The famous Steamed Salty Fish Pork is the Jon-SooHoo favorite dish). :)
Today, We celebrate your life, as we reflect how much we miss you in our lives. We are very thankful to have had the years that we had with you and it's been all fun and good! Lucky us!"
"Dearest An, Laura, Anabelle,
On this day especially we remember and give thanks for Bill's life and for the time we had together. Our love and thoughts are with you always.
Mom, Dad, Eric"
I can envision you smiling down from heaven on us goofy Irish folk today...
You are missed, Mister Bill. May you celebrate a celestial birthday today knowing that you are remembered by family and friends.."
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