Wednesday, November 19, 2008

i love the godfather...

My dad's been friends with Bill since their days at St. Vincent de Paul Grammar School in the Marina, and as I've grown up, especially as an adult, Bill and his wife Cathy have been a really big part of my life.
Bill signs all of his e-mails to me, "Love, The Godfather." He quizzes me about any guy I speak to, requesting 3 years of financial statements and a letter of intention from each of them. He sends me articles like "Forbes Billionaire Bachelors" and highlights the ones he thinks might be appropriate. Bill is friends with every janitor and coatcheck person at every fancy hotel and country club he patronizes, preferring to chat with them than some cocky old blowhard. And his art collection, which is literally world class, is mingled in with his extensive collection of sports memorbillia, both of which have equally emotional value to him. He has been supportive of every endeavor I've ever embarked upon, from fashion in college to Beach Blanket to fundraising to my bizarre get-rich-quick schemes.
And Bill, every morning around 5 am, reads my blog. He's a huge advocate of my writing and is constantly blowing, as Kate would say, sunshine up my ass. He'd forward all of my SFGate posts to his friends he hangs out with at Starbucks every day and he's always say, "Watch out, Oprah!"
He's been sick for awhile, but if you were at my birthday party at the Jay 'N Bee this January, you probably met him, after he made a 2 hour journey "way past (his) bedtime" just to hang with my "hot chick friends."
Bill is literally one of the most fun, generous, hilarious, kind, non-judgemental, honest and wonderful peole I have ever met in my life.
He passed away this morning
And I will miss him very, very much...

PS: I know I said I was on blogging hiatus, but Bill would have totally wanted a blog...

11 comments:

shayera said...

That's a really sweet, wonderful remembrance, Beth.

a reader said...

Whether in jest, in seriousness or in sadness, your ability to come up with just the right anecdote is nonpareil. I am terribly sorry for your loss.

Greg said...

hey beth

I saw your post in my RSS reader and wanted to leave a note and send you my condolences.

As always you find a way to say things that are just right. I think that's the coolest way to remember a loved one.

Be_Devine said...

Beautiful, Bethy, just beautiful.

That douche commercial that you're living must be wearing off on you.

big jer said...

Beautiful said, Spots. Thank you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Daddy said...

Who loves you Bethy!

Logan Lamech said...

Flip yuh, Usual Suspects reference right?

Logan Lamech
www.eloquentbooks.com/LingeringPoets.html

Anonymous said...

Sincere condolences to you and your family that was a beautiful testament to a great person.

Seana said...

Beth,

You have a gift of expression and that is a beautiful statement. I am so sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

You have an amazing ability to make me cry real tears for someone I've never met. You were lucky to have him in your life and he was lucky to have you. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

That was really touching. I am sorry for your loss. You will continue to make him proud!