Rest Still, Uncle Bill.

Services for Real Estate Pros with Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina

Hello.  My name is Jason Sardi and I happened to fall in love with a man by the name of William J Archambault Jr.  He was and IS family to me.  He has passed.

I’m not even sure how to put this?  When the inevitable comes, I find little in words, tributes in any fashion, that can even closely convey the importance of that person that passed to the rest of us who still happen to be here.

That written, I love you Uncle Bill and here it goes:

Hearts bleed and eyes cry, yet I am still trying to find a reason why … I’m trying to write a poem that rhymes about you.  Shoot, you deserve much better.

No poems, no rhymes, just heart and soul.  I’ll ROAST you next year when a bit of time has passed.

Extraordinary isn’t a term I would throw around loosely.  But that guy, Bill, was pretty extraordinary to me.  I often thought that if I’m lucky and viable enough to live to his age, that I wouldn’t mind being him and living that type of life.  He loved his wife, Brenda, so very much.  Any time we talked, he would brag about her incessantly.  That and being in the Real Estate Industry since 1969. He pulled that card on me several times;)  But he also pulled a different card, more rare in its inception  … that he actually cared about the Industry as a whole and the people (all of them) that made and allowed it to happen.

In retrospect/hindsight/wiping the tears off my cheeks right now, he cared.  CARED.  Simple thing, really.  But simple is nice.  He did and lived the one thing that to me is the essential ingredient to the whole gig … his heart and very soul were in it.  I never got a chance to hug him.  Talk is cheap.  A hug can be pretty substantial.

Bill, not sure if you can read me or tell what I’m thinking at this point … but you as a man were and are a pretty damn good inspiration.  I thank somebody’s God each day that I came across you.  And I can’t wait for the moment when I’m no longer crying because you aren’t here and instead, roasting your sweet little selfJ



Love you, dude.  In the most manly sort of wayJ


Yours Extraordinarily,



Jason Michael Sardi ....


Comments (64)

Jennifer Monroe
Indigo Home Team powered by Compass - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker/Designer

I believe Uncle Bill knew how you felt about him, but I do hope he can see across the veil just long enough to read this - if not your heart. I loved the way he busted your chops when he felt you were coloring outside the lines. But he loved you back in a big way - that most manly sort of way :)

So long for now Uncle. I will always envision you losing the spelling bees in heaven, but oh so tenaciously sticking with it! RIP

May 30, 2014 02:29 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Jason, this is a very beautiful tribute to a very special person in your lifetime. Have a feeling you were very special to him also.


May 30, 2014 05:05 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Bill was a great man Jason, so much heart I agree. Fine tribute.

May 30, 2014 05:17 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

There is no way to really convey in words what someone means to us....because they showed it in so many little ways. I'm so sorry! it's hard to come to realize that they are gone and no amount of memories fill the void left over. You wrote a lovely tribute to someone very special and it was touching to read. 

May 30, 2014 06:59 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Jason, that is an awesome tribute to Bill.  He will be missed here on ActiveRain.  One thing for sure, he certainly had a personality that showed and an opinion that we were entitled to! RIP Bill!

May 30, 2014 08:17 AM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I hope his wife understands how much he meant to his AR virtual friends. Beautiful heartfelt words. 

May 30, 2014 08:20 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Jason, what a great tribute to Bill.  Thanks for saying it so well. 

May 30, 2014 11:25 AM
Brenda Archambault
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX

Jason, thank you. Brenda Archambault

May 30, 2014 12:05 PM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

You said it as only Jason Sardi ca do.  Bill would have loved this post.

May 30, 2014 01:24 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Yeah, It was similarly me an outlet when I lost my mom as well.
May 30, 2014 03:18 PM
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

A very nice tribute.  He was a thoughtful and knowledgeable guy for sure. Rest in peace Uncle Bill. 

Jun 01, 2014 04:05 AM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Jason, Bill will be sorely missed here in the "rain" for sure

Jun 01, 2014 05:59 AM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Thanks again so very much, folks.

Jun 01, 2014 11:37 PM
John Fauth
Coldwell Banker King Thompson - Grove City, OH
Turning your dreams into an address!

Sounds as if you were blessed to have had him as an influence in your life. Remember the lessons and the laughter.

Jun 02, 2014 02:46 AM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

I was John.  I was:)

Jun 03, 2014 12:44 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Thank you for sharing this tribute to your uncle and how much he meant to you.. because he cared. Very special to have read it today.

Jun 03, 2014 08:54 AM
Satar Naghshineh
Satar - Amiri Property and Financial Services Corp. - Irvine, CA

We butted heads on a few occasions, but I respected and admired his passion about real estate. I am sadden to know he is gone but happy that I was able to discuss real estate and life with him, however superficial our conversations were.

I am sure if there is a heaven, he is up there causing hell.

Jun 04, 2014 03:39 PM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Well put, Satar. 

Jun 04, 2014 11:27 PM
Sharon Paxson
Sharon Paxson, Realtor® EQTY Forbes Global Properties - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Hi Jason, so sorry for your loss and you wrote a beautiful tribute to him. I am so sorry for his passing.

Aug 26, 2014 06:26 AM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Jason, I have been away from the Rain so much and didn't know Bill had passed. He was the true old guard of real estate - his passion and precision for real estate was very intense. It was like he was the Lord of real estate and we were his underlings - he know so much. May he rest in peace and thanks for the compelling tribute.


Aug 13, 2015 01:04 PM