If the true measure of leadership is the ability to inspire rather than compel, Bill was a leader.
If a visionary is someone who sees what is possible when others do not, Bill was a visionary.
If a philanthropist in the purest sense is one who gives wholeheartedly, generously, and anonymously, Bill was truly a philanthropist.
If a friend is someone who values you for what you truly are, rather than what you can provide him, Bill was a friend.
Bill was these things, and more. To many he was the hero we sought to emulate. To others, he was the father we wished we had. He was the class clown, the rumpled sage, the gravelly voice of reason. He was Santa Claus. He was our founder.
Willard G. Rouse III