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- On November 24, 2020
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Welcome friends and family of Bill Platten
September 3, 1953 – November 22, 2020 Obituaries Link
Bill, one of the founders and long-time advocate of Fishers of Men, lost his battle with COVID-19. Please feel free to express your feelings in the comments section at the bottom of this post. An email was created by Bill’s family to message them directly and or share any pictures of Bill with them: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday, November 22 — the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe — the Fishers of Men lost our captain, beloved brother and true friend Bill Platten from complications due to COVID-19. In our Lord’s final conversation with his closest friends (John 15), He said “By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples”. It’s doubtful that any of us have ever known a more spiritually fruitful person than Bill Platten. His joyful, energetic faith was both authentic and contagious. To be around him was to be inspired to up your game, to see things from a new perspective. His self-forgetful openness to the Holy Spirit meant that he seemed poised every moment to respond to his King’s slightest prompting. And his childlike wonder at how his obedience was so often met with Grace couldn’t help but make you smile and want to be like him. Bill saw and lifted up the good in every person he encountered, and his way of listening left each one feeling loved and respected. He was a leader among leaders, a pace-setter, selfless to a ‘T’, passionate about knowing his Lord ever deeper and about helping other men flourish in their own relationship with Christ. The fruit of Bill’s having said ‘yes’ to the Lord’s call years ago is literally hundreds of men who — through Fishers of Men, Men’s Morning of Spirituality, and numerous other ministries Bill led or impacted — lit their torches from his and began to pursue their own personal Journey with Christ to the Father’s house. Whether viewed from the many individual stories that have been forever changed for good or from the larger picture of Kingdom advancement through men’s ministry, Bill’s life here has been a masterpiece of fruitfulness, to the glory of God the Father. But that’s just the first chapter. A new one is now beginning…and it’s our deep conviction that Bill’s fruitfulness, extraordinary as it has been, will be even multiplied in and through our lives in the days ahead. In God’s mysterious and wonderful economy of Grace, the seed of Bill’s life which has ‘fallen into the soil’ is intended to bear even more fruit to God’s glory. To that end, may each of us who were blessed to know and love him now apprehend, nurture and act on what, through the Holy Spirit, Bill sowed in our lives. His work is done and his reward is at hand. Ours is just beginning.
Deacon Mike D’Addabbo