I just found out that Soule crewman Billy Day has had a stroke which occurred last week. Billy is certainly no stranger to anyone who has been associated with a supermodified race car over the past 25 years or more. He’s always been congenial, good humored and an instant friend to anyone who has met him.
Evidently Billy did not show up for his usual Monday night dinner at the Euclid Hotel so his friend Rene tried to contact him but he did not respond. That was uncharacteristic, so she called Danny Soule and while Soule was out of town, Todd Stowell and Steve Burns, who were working in the garage were alerted and they went to Billy’s house and found him unconscious. Billy, who just recently turned 42, had suffered a bleeding stroke. He was taken immediately to University Hospital where, as of Sunday, May 3, he remains in the Intensive Care Unit in critical condition. Bill has been a friend of the Soule family since the early 1980s when they met the Day family at a race at Cayuga Speedway. Dan, Barb and his family have been close friends and family to Bill since that time.
Dan provided this information. “Billy remains heavily sedated. He is on a respirator, which may be able to be removed in 2 to 3 days when the conditions are right. Then he may gain consciousness. Bill’s mom arrived from Florida and his sister from Oakville drove down immediately. Right now Todd, Steve, Barb and I are alternating visits just to check on him. We’re not sure he’s hearing us, but we think he is. While Billy can receive visitors, right now it’s probably not a good idea. He and his family need our prayers more.”
Dan has set up a post office box to receive mail. Anyone wishing to send a note or card may do so to: Billy Day, PO Box 327, Clay, NY 13041. Dan says he will pick up the mail and bring it to the hospital each day. Get well soon Bill. We all miss you!
Sources:Carol Haynes/ISMA PR