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Bill Platten

Bill Platten

Bill Platten

  • Posted by Mens Morning
  • On November 24, 2020

Welcome friends and family of Bill Platten

William “Bill” Howard 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:

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.

Today the world lost a great and decent man, I lost a very dear friend, his wife lost her husband and soulmate, his daughters and their families lost the father and grandfather who cherished them as God’s gift to him and Rene that they were. Bill Platten became another victim of covid-19. This virus takes no enemies. Bill was not old (only 67), overweight or medically compromised. He was in good health. I was stunned upon hearing the news because I had been so sure that he was going to best this virus down. I did not know what to do. So I did what he would have done for anyone else. I decided I was going to pray the Rosary and that we would have it on Zoom for any of his friends that wanted to join in. In the one hour between the planning and commencement of the Rosary word spread and this man, who would be embarrassed by the attention, had a rosary being prayed for him by 73 families that joined together on the zoom call. And there were a number of us in tears as we prayed for him. Today the Catholic Church celebrated the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. The Gospel (Good News) reading was from St. Matthew 25:31-46. Jesus tells the disciples about the Son of Man coming with the angels. He will separate those who were righteous from those who were not. He will welcome into eternal kingdom those who fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, clothed the naked, healed the sick, visited the imprisoned. Bill did all of those things from the time I first met him 20+ years ago. He and Rene were evangelizers extraordinaire starting Disciples in Mission, Fishers of Men, Men’s (and Women’s) Morning of Spirituality, Room in the Inn, Catholic Heart Work Camp, Missionaries of Charity and the list goes on and on. He did all these things in a quiet way and not for public recognition. God recognizes him. Bill is that righteous guy we hear about in today’s Gospel. Tonight we mourn his loss and pray for his family and the grieving they are experiencing. However, though our hearts are saddened, we rejoice in the fact that we knew him and were blessed to be his friends. The world is a much better place thanks to him. Bill put into action, and was an example to all of us, of those words at the end of the Mass “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” There was no finer example of that then Bill. May God hold Bill’s family in the palm of His hand. I am convinced that at that moment today when God called Bill home He said “you did a great job my good and faithful servant. Come and join me”. Lord, grant Bill eternal rest and may your perpetual light shine upon him. I, and so many others, will miss Bill very much.

Deacon Mike D’Addabbo

1 Comment

John Platten
  • Nov 25 2020
We are devastated by the loss of my Brother and at the same time joyously celebrating his life and entrance into heaven. If you know him, you know what you would be hearing him say. "Why are you crying. I have been working for this all my life. I want you to be happy that I am with my heavenly father." Then he would have something humorous to say so that you would feel better. (Not everyone appreciated his sense of humor) Then in his serious Dad voice he, would ask you to do something that would seem so simple, that you could not even think of not doing it. He had a way of knowing exactly what that one thing is for you. I bet that thing just came to your mind. Now you're thinking, "Yeah, I remember that time when........." And whether or not you did that thing, I'd ask you to do it now or do it again. I know I have of several of those things I need to do now. His daughter Julie said that he called it a ripple. Like a ripple in the water. You just never know where in this world that ripple you created will travel and who it will touch. I think of how powerful Bill's ripple is. It will last for generations. I think my ripple could never be as great as Bill's. I know it doesn't have to be huge to make an impact. Bill was hit by somebody's ripple. It could of been a small ripple or a combination of ripples. But wow, look what happened to it. He made that ripple so much stronger and so much wider and touched so many people. He would say, "Don't underestimate your ripple. You'll probably never know the power of your ripple" So if you want to do something to celebrate Bill, make a ripple. You did good brother. I love you.