From Tragedy To Purpose, That’s William Gannon’s Life

article written by Ann Nyberg and originally posted on

William Gannon was just a normal kid growing up in Wallingford with dreams of one day playing in the National Football League. But in an instant that all changed. At age 17 he was a passenger in a car that crashed…two of his friends died and his injuries would leave him with a limp.
Tragedy kept hitting him as life moved on…he lost his 4th child, a baby daughter at birth…his wife at age 33 would collapse at their son’s ball game with an aneurysm and died three days later and his parents are now gone too.
Many wonder how Gannon can even get up in the morning. This single father of three perseveres because of his three great kids. He has put his life into a book, called “To Lose But Not Fail.”
Gannon says his calling is to help others.

Gannon is a motivational speaker, his message is… pick yourself up and keep going. If you would like him to speak at your school or business, you can find out more about him on his web site: William J Gannon.

Get your copy of To Lose But Not Fail.


A Friend’s Respect

To Whom This May Concern:

This letter of recommendation comes to you for William Gannon. I’m honored to be writing this for him.

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I’ve known Bill for over eight years now and can readily testify for him. I first came to know Bill as a parent of two of my students whom I had several years apart. Not much contact was needed between me, the teacher, and Bill, the parent, because his two sons were so well behaved and performed well in school. My respect for them leads me to have respect for Bill. His children are a testament to his moral fiber and convictions.

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Hero: Billy Gannon

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When I look in the dictionary under “hero”, I see one name that shines brightly and clearly: Bill Gannon! I first met Bill many years ago when he entered my freshman English class. Immediately, I knew I had an Eddie Haskell on my hands! Charming, funny, easily distracted and hoping to distract me from teaching, Bill was my year’s challenge to show him the importance of English. He wanted to show me the importance of football! I could not help but like him; he was the unpaid entertainment! He had an uncanny ability to make me laugh and would light up the room with those beautiful blue eyes, huge dimples, and warm smile. Always the gentleman, Billy won everyone’s heart, not just his English teacher’s. When he squeaked by my class in June, we never lost contact. Little did I know then that our lives would intersect many times.

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