William A. Prall, 1943 – 2013

Back in December, my Brother-in-law, Bill Prall, was diagnosed with a nasty form of cancer. On July 4, 2013, he passed away.

Bill is/was a well-known figure around Brodheadsville, PA. Husband, father, businessman, showman, Army National Guard medic, musician, actor, so many things he did.

This was presented at the viewing:

God saw he was getting tired
And a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around him
And Whispered, “Come with Me.”

With tearful eyes we watched him suffer
And saw him fade away.
Although we loved him dearly,
We could not make him stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands to Rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.

His Wife, my Sister, did an amazing job caring for Bill through his illness, dealing with countless issues and seeing everything through to completion. Her care, devotion, and fortitude is an inspiration to us all. I hope she can get back to her gardens.

He is, as they say, survived by his Wife and two Daughters.

5 thoughts on “William A. Prall, 1943 – 2013

  1. Jason G.

    Very touching poem. Is that a photo of you and him riding together? Can’t quite tell if that is your plumage or not.
    Condolences and prayers to the family.

    1. Bluejay Post author

      Yes, that poem really hit the mark. And, yes, that’s me riding with Bill, when they were here for Christmas of 2006.

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

  2. kathy

    Thanks for your reflections and photos of your brother in law. It is bittersweet to know that your dad can share his insights on losing a spouse to cancer with his baby girl. I am thinking of your family during this season of loss.

    1. Bluejay Post author

      Thank you. I think the whole thing has been therapeutic for both my Dad and Sister, in different ways. In retrospect, maybe my Dad went through his loss so that he could be that much more help for my Sister. Like it was planned all along.

      1. Kelly

        Thank you for this beautiful post about my dad. I love those pics of his bicycle adventure! Boy, he scared the crap out of us doing that, but that’s what he was like – he loved to experience new things and didn’t let fear stop him if he had his mind set on it!


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