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Date of Birth: February 6, 1971
Department: International Equities
Position: Senior Vice President and Partner
“I love you because…..”
We were high school sweethearts, a Cinderella love story from the first day we met. You whispered to me that “there was something special, something different, about me”. You knew at our first meeting, me a freshman, you a sophomore, that one day we would become husband and wife. When you left Staten Island to attend Fairfield University, we were both such heartbroken teens, not knowing what the future holds, but excited to face it together. Then a few days later, a simple stamped index card appeared in my mail at home. All it said was “I love you because…. and you would give me a reason. At first I thought it was sweet and romantic. Then the index cards kept coming each day you were away. You never missed a day. Like you Billy, they were sometimes romantic, sometimes corny, sometimes funny, and sometimes profound. But they always let me know that you cared deeply for me, everyday. I have every single one of them, 167 to be exact.
When we were married on November 29, 1996, our life was filled with nothing but hopes and dreams. Billy, you bounded through everyday with an infectious energy. There were nothing but beautiful days and blue skies when you were around, and we all fed off of it – our family, friends, and professional colleagues. But it is the private time that we spent that I will always treasure the most – our many memories at Dunkin Donuts, our first apartment, scraping our pennies together to buy our first house: your absolute awe when we had our first child, (you were sooo nervous, your eyes filled with tears clutching your first born daughter Emily), the absolute love that we shared at that moment when you and I became a Mommy and Daddy; your mischievous antics when you were planning a surprise evening or vacation; your love of anniversaries and holidays and the exhaustive efforts you would put into finding the hidden Easter eggs; and the complete helplessness you felt when our second daughter Sara was born, everything so fast and so sudden, no doctors, just us and the nurses. I know that you would have delivered Sara if necessary. I loved all of your different personalities, playful Bill- KIMBUS, business man Bill, SCENARIO, your alter-ego T.K. BANKS.
You and I had so many hopes and dreams. We always had so much fun planning for our future. I thank God everyday for you and for your foresight. It has put me on the right path and helped guide me today for all that I need to do. I know that you are with me each and everyday. I feel your strength.
Billy, I love you. There are not enough words that can describe the complete and total loss of your not being here. I will forever be broken hearted. However, I am deeply grateful for every second God gave me with you, for the beautiful life we had, the memories we shared and of course your living legacies Emily and Sara.
Billy, I love you because……. You were you.