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A TRUE GENTLEMAN

Sharing Stories

April Ryan | Jun 11, 2018, 6 a.m.
Bill was a great stepdad.

I’ll never forget he added, “I don’t want to take the place of your dad, but I will always think of you as my daughter, and I promise if you need anything, I’ll help you.” A promise he kept for forty years.

Whenever someone needs an example of a true gentleman, I tell them about Bill, our trip on The Princess Marguerite and the thoughtful day he asked for my permission to marry Mom. We celebrated with a lovely lunch at the Empress Hotel, where Mom asked me to be her maid-of-honor.

Manners never go out of style. Bill was a gentleman, loving husband and father.

April Ryan is a much-published member of the Edmonds Senior Center Writing group and a long time Washington resident, retired bus driver.

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