To the editor:
In the past year and a half, I have written tributes to two dear friends, Bob Rossell and Jim Bloomer. The following is my tribute to another cherished friend.
Bill Klein and I met at the Weirton Steel Corp. General Office in the summer of 1962. We forged a unique and genuine friendship through the years until his passing on March 15. I never allowed him to forget that he came to Weirton to find his soulmate, Shirley Brooks.
We all have our passions in life. One of Webster's definitions of passion is "a powerful feeling." Bill Klein had many passions. Some I knew, some I didn't. I will mention a few.
He had a passion for his wife and soulmate, Shirley, who died on Sept. 11, 2008.
He had a passion for his four sons, Curt, Cary, Craig and Kevin, and his extended families, which included his daughters-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He had a passion for the city of Steubenville and championed it wherever he went. He served on City Council for 10 years.
He had a passion for his beloved Steubenville High School an its academic, theater, choral, band and athletic programs.
He had a passion for his friends, male and female, at the workplace, in the city and the Tri-State Area. This included the many friends he made as an administrator for the popular JJ Huddle. They interacted and respected "Buckeye Bill."
To sum it up, it was enjoyable to be in his presence. He simply was a good person in his own life.
On March 19, at 10:55 a.m., with his family and friends present, incense surrounding his coffin and the choir singing "A Song of Farewell," William A. (Bill) Klein was inducted into life's hall of fame.
Rest in peace, my friend.