Much as I knew Billy, I had no idea of his extensive background. I did know of his work with AMWAY products, but was unaware of his ties with Tufts University and the Afro-American Cultural Center.
I can only surmise that Billy’s idea of “killing” time was working it to death. Good, better, best, the man never let it rest. In the end, he wrote his own legacy — one which matched the gold templates in his trophy case.
It’s not the number of years that makes a difference, but how that life was lived. In Billy’s case, he did himself proud. For that he will be remembered.
Writer and photographer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.