As this news just explodes across our community this week, here are more people with thoughts on our good friend Bill Gonillo, who died yesterday at age 44.
This the great things about blogs, we all don’t have to be newspaper writers to eulogize our good friend. I haven’t been able to read any of these or the comments on this blog with dry eyes.
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Meanwhile, I rummaged around my stuff, and here’s my one and only video/photo of Big Bill, proudly signing for his food vouchers at the media desk during the Pilot Pen tennis tournament. In case you can’t hear, he says, “I’m posing with my girlfriend,” while holding those bag of chips.
He was an absolute classic with the food jokes.
And here’s Mike Quick‘s anticipated tribute at the end of his Monday Madison Square Garden Network high school sports vlog. Just watching Mike suffer through those words breaks my heart.
Finally: Here was something posted on Michael Fornabaio‘s SoundTigers blog. I guess Gonillo was a HUGE Odd Couple Fan and attended yearly fan club meetings with a bunch of people who have already posted tribute notes on this site. Incredible.
We love you, Billy. Save a spot in the buffet. line for us.
Here’s the information on the wake and funeral:
Wake: Wednesday at the Chase Parkway Memorial Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, 4-8 p.m.
Funeral: Thursday, Blessed Sacrament Church, Robbins Street, Waterbury, 10 a.m.