Bill Thornton

by Nic from Jasper

Bill Thornton (Elizabeth Thornton)
Bill Thornton (Elizabeth Thornton)

Do you have a hero?  Do you have somebody you really look up to?  Well I do and his name is Bill Thornton. He is my hero because he was caring, helpful, and sacrificial.

The first reason he is my hero is because he was helpful.  He wanted everybody to be happy and if he had to help he would.  You wouldn't even have to ask.  When we first moved to Jasper we needed a place to keep our horses, so we asked him if we could rent his pasture and he said, "I don't think like other people.  The way I see it is that I don't own this land I'm just standing on it and 100 years from now somebody else will be standing on it so if those horses need to stand on it with me well I don't see why that would be a problem at all."

 The second reason he is my hero is because he was caring.  If you weren't happy he wasn't happy.  His goal in life was to make everybody happy.  For example whenever I was sick, he would constantly call to check on me and tell me jokes and make me laugh as if I wasn't sick.


Another reason Bill Thornton is my hero is because he was self-sacrificing.  Whenever we were in a tough time and needed money, he would buy something from us even if he didn't need it and usually give it back to us after a while.  Whenever anybody needed help around the house, he would sacrifice his time out of the kindness of his heart to help you with whatever you needed and wouldn't ever let you pay him anything for his work.

Bill Thornton died on November 18th 2009 (my 12th birthday) from a massive stroke.  I loved him with all my heart and it killed me to know that my best friend was gone.  It is still very hard to live with that, but I know in my heart that he would want me to be happy right now.  Bill Thornton changed my life forever and he will always be a major part of my life. He was my hero for his helpful, caring, and sacrificial ways.  I would give anything to have him back. I loved him and he will always be remembered for the amazing things he did in his life.

Page created on 5/31/2012 12:00:00 AM

Last edited 5/31/2012 12:00:00 AM

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Extra Info

I interviewed his wife Elizabeth Thornton on January 24, 2012. I learned that Bill was one of 12 children, and without a doubt, the most tender-hearted out of the group. Elizabeth said, "Bill's gift to people was that no matter what happened, he encouraged them to keep on going." He lived life in a simple way. He loved others and loved life.