As friends and family mourned him at a funeral mass today, others are reaching out online to express their sadness and their share memories about William "Billy" Garrity, the Glenbrook North High School senior who died last week.
The funeral mass was said at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Norbert Church, 1809 Walters Ave., Northbrook.
On Legacy.com, an online guest book that provides a way for people to express their thoughts, friends, family members, teachers and strangers from as far away as Denver, CO and St. Louis, MO. are sharing words of solace to the Garrity family.
Here are a few of the tributes that have been entered since June 15.
Please accept our deepest sympathy. We were just speaking of Billy a few weeks ago at our dinner table. Ana (and the rest of our family) have the nicest memories of him from St. Philip and St. Norbert. He seems to have touched so many people in so many lovely ways. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers - The Nagy Family
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. It was an honor to be part of your family the years you were at St. Norbert School and I have fond memories of Billy. May you find strength in each other and in the presence of those who surround you and the thoughts and prayers of those who can't be there.
Bernadette Kludy, Westlake, OH
Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers as your mourn the loss of Billy. You are a close family and use the strength from each other to get through this. I was blessed to meet Billy when all the cousins had the opportunity to be in Evanston years ago. He was a spirited young boy at that time and will always remember him in the raccoon hat at Tom's home. May precious memories and family support help you get through this.
Love from your Idaho cousins,
Mary Anne and Mick McLaughlin, Orofino, ID
Mo, Bill, Bridget, Molly and Katie- My heart is breaking along with all of yours and I will keep you in my prayers as you celebrate the joy Billy brought to all our lives.
Nancy Leatherman, Denver, Colorado
With a gentle smile, a sincere sense of selflessness, and a contagious spirit, Billy brightened each morning for me and everyone in 2/3 A chemistry 173 last year. We are all richer people for having crossed paths with him. He will be painfully missed. Thinking of the entire Garrity family and wishing you all strength.Love, Ms. G, Billy's chemistry teacher, Joan Gallagher-Bolos, Northbrook, Illinois
Bill, Maureen, Bridget, Molly, and Katie,
We are saddened and heartbroken at the loss of your adorable Billy! He was kind-hearted and loving, and he will be missed by so many people. He devoted himself to service to others, and we are blessed that he shared his vibrant and caring spirit with St. Norbert Youth Ministry. Faith tells us that we will meet Billy again in heaven. Hope is something we pray for endlessly. Love is so powerful and present in this community as we all mourn the loss of a great young man. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 We love Billy eternally, and we love the Garrity family! May Billy rest in peace in the loving arms of God.
Maggie & Brian Bruce & Family