"We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." James Madison

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

In Memory of William (Bill) Robert Godshalk

This post is intended to Honor the memory of Bill, whose life was suddenly taken from us September 11, 2001

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For Love of Wild Bill

James Bond Godshalk had five children and William R. Godshalk was the wildest. When Bill Godshalk was 10 and playing shortstop in Little League, he caught a ball only to drop it when the base runner hit his glove. Bill attacked the other player. James Godshalk walked on to the field and pulled his son back. "He needed me," Mr. Godshalk said. "And I needed him, I did so much.

"James Godshalk taught his son sports, and in the process taught him how to calm himself. But Bill Godshalk kept his wild and adventurous heart, even as a 35-year-old vice president at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in the World Trade Center, said his fiancée, Aleese Hartmann. At a memorial service for his son, James Godshalk was reminded of a verse by James Whitcomb Riley:

Old man never had much to say -
'Ceptin to Jim, -
And Jim was the wildest boy he had,
And the old man jes' wrapped up in him!

When he recited the poem, he substituted "Bill" for the name Jim, and told the story of a wild boy and the father who loved him.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 11, 2001

United in Memory has created a quit that honors all 2996 souls that were lost that day, and Bill's quilt can be viewed Here

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We will never forget. I will never forget.

God Bless his Family and friends, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.
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