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‘I Will Miss My Dad Every Day’: Bill Gates Mourns Father, 94

‘I Will Miss My Dad Every Day’: Bill Gates Mourns Father, 94”

Bill Gates is mourning the death of his father, former attorney William Henry Gates II or Bill Gates Sr., and that is evident in his emotional and lengthy tribute on his blog.

The cause was Alzheimer's disease, his family said in an announcement on Tuesday.

The elder Gates is credited for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's initial work on improving global health.

In the tribute captioned Remembering My Father, Gates said his dad's influence transcended his immediate family, counting himself and his siblings lucky to have had him as a parent. In early 90s, Gates Sr worked from basement office at his home and helped share Bill Gates' vision for helping others.

"We have all had a long time to reflect on just how lucky we are to have had this wonderful man in our lives for so many years". As Bill Gates moved from business to social work, Gates Sr advised him in his philanthropy works.

'More than anyone else, he shaped the values of the foundation.

Bill Gates said in his father's letter to him on his 50th birthday, the nonagenarian cautioned him against overusing the word "incredible". (Dad's given name was William H. Gates II, but he never used the "II"-he thought it sounded stuffy.) He was great at stepping back and seeing the big picture".

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Satya Nadella, Microsoft's current CEO, called Gates Sr. Meanwhile, Walter Isaacson, a professor and author, described Bill "one of the most admirable and lovable people of our times".

William H. Gates was serious and judicious about learning!

The co-chair of the Gates Foundation said his father influenced his philanthropist works. He was dignified but hated anything that seemed pretentious, " Gates Jr said.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates tweeted, "My dad was the "real" Bill Gates". Bill strictly mentioned that the foundation wouldn't have been what it is today if his father wasn't there in the first place.

"We will miss him more than we can express right now".

"He said some very touching things about how much he loved being a father to my sisters and me", he disclosed, adding that "he was everything I try to be".

He was also the founding partner of one of the region's best-known law firms.

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