|Mike Ilitch / DBusiness Magazine|
Receiving the news of his fallen teammate, Ilitch via e-mail basked in the thought of how his fellow Macdeonian's benevolence put him on the right track with his future wife Marian.
“Bill was a good teammate,” he wrote. “I remember when he left one time to play baseball out of the country, he left his beautiful green Oldsmobile convertible. He let me borrow it to drive home to Michigan and that was the car I drove when I picked up Marian for our very first date! She thought I was really something pulling up in that car -- that car got me off to a good start with her, so I’ll always be appreciative of his generosity and friendship."
Although located on opposite sides of the country, they maintained contact, keeping a bond that was formed almost 60 years prior.
“I have wonderful memories of Bill. We kept in touch over the years, sharing stories of what we both were doing. I will miss him.”