A legacy memorialized

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM.

“I have just one question,” Jay Rish said his father replied to the doctor. “How much time do I have with my boy?”

The doctor said he didn’t believe in predicting death, but that 30 days was likely about it. Billy Joe, his son said, rose with the aid of his walker, bid the doctor goodbye and was out the door of his room to head home for time with his family.

“It always brings me comfort and helps me take stock of what is important in life,” Jay Rish said. “Family and friends are the most important things in life. I believe he accomplished a lot for the Kingdom of Heaven and this community.”

The memorial parking lot was the product of collaboration between the family and the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency (PSJRA). The PSJRA funded construction and landscaping of the parking lot with a federal grant.

“Thanks to the family and the (PSJRA) for making this happen,” said Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson. “This is the way government should work, through a public/private partnership.

“This spot is the former space of the law offices Billy Joe set up and which included various names through the years. The constant in all those years has been Billy Joe Rish.”

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