Stories About Bill

the ways he inspired us

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From Lisette Austin

Facebook post – November 29, 2020

With profound sadness and heartbreak I must announce that my beloved Papa left this world peacefully this morning at 9:47 am.

Sadly, I was not able to visit him in the hospital or be there the exact moment he passed due to pandemic restrictions, but am grateful to have spent time at his bedside soon after he passed, saying goodbye.

Those of you who know me well know that my father and I were very close. He was a very special man, loved deeply by so many. He broke many barriers and helped countless individuals and families over the years. He was truly my hero.

I will forever be grateful for the many adventures we went on together, especially in recent years, and for all the time spent talking and laughing during what felt like borrowed time (he was diagnosed with heart failure in 2012).

If you want to know more about him and his amazing life, this article written by Horizon House (where he lived the last five years) speaks volumes. I’m also sharing a digital story I made in 2010 about my father’s life and how we worked through a difficult shared experience at President Obama’s inauguration in 2008.

God speed Papa, I still can’t believe you are gone. I’ll miss you, your unconditional love, your guidance, and your endearing, infectious laugh the rest of my life.