‘Be Where Your Feet Are’: From telling his kids this to telling them ‘experiences over things,’ William life lessons are endless

There are many words William Hrynyshyn’s family uses to describe him.




Incredibly hard working.




William has such a well-rounded personality, and his family is thankful for this. They are grateful for the man and father he is, and they could not imagine a better man to call Dad.

“My dad is my hero,” his son Alec said. “He works extremely hard and has always been there when I need him for help or just to talk.”

There has never been a moment in time where William has not been there to love and support his children, and the three of them all know that he would do anything for them.

When you ask them to name a role model in their life, all three of them are quick to say their father, and rightfully so. He is such a great person who is selfless toward everyone, and he is appreciated for everything he has ever done for anyone.

“I admire his ability to always look for learning opportunities and growth,” his daughter Lauren said. Our dad is one of the most positive people too. He is always looking for the best case scenario, no matter what is thrown our way.

“I appreciate his youth and desire for experiences over things. I look up to his unconditional love for our mom and for us. I admire his ability to always show gratitude and never take things for granted. He is also a very good listener.”

Any positive trait you can think of, it is probably one that William possesses. He is a diligent worker who has always made sure that his work ethic rubbed off on his wife and kids, and he is also someone who is ultra optimistic. He is always looking on the brighter side of things.

He is also someone who people all look up to. He is there for so many people and he has such a sense of genuineness, and everyone who knows William is glad they do.

“His selflessness is something that really stands out about him,” his daughter Holly said. “His work ethic shows exactly who he is as a person. He is always willing to help others… and not once did he ever complain about it. He would give you the shirt off his back at any moment and never look back or think twice about it. He is a one of a kind man and would do anything for us.”

William is always looking out for everyone other than himself, but that has not stopped him from living his best life. He knows how to balance looking after others and looking after himself, and this is yet another thing that his kids admire so much about him.

“Our dad has always made it a point to enjoy life, value experiences over things and to make memories,” Lauren said. “The countless stories our dad told us as kids, that we still joke about as adults, makes us belly laugh like we are 5-years-old again. Life has tons of ups and downs and all-arounds without a doubt, but our dad has loved each and every one of us unconditionally. He dreams with us, cries with us, laughs with us, celebrates with us and loves us. What more could you ask for in a dad?”

The answer to that question is not much. When you look at all William has done and will continue to do for his children, you see the most loving father in the world who has always wanted the best for his kids and everyone else all around him.

He has spent an entire lifetime teaching them the important things in life, and all they have learned from him has paid off in their adult years.

“He has instilled in us that hard work always pays off,” Alec said. “The harder you work, the more that will come your way. He has also taught me to not worry about things you can’t control and to focus on what you can control.”

There are many things in life that are far beyond your control, so when you focus on what you can truly control, everything else will fall into place.

Life is also about opportunities and making the most of these opportunities, as well as achieving the goals and dreams you want to strive for, and this is something William has always instilled into his children.

“Dad motivates us all to really look inward at personal growth, seeking out opportunities and challenging ourselves to be better,” Lauren said. “He is always looking for ways that we can all continue to improve and never settle. Because of his mantra – ‘help others succeed’ – I truly believe this has rubbed off on us and really motivates us to always look for ways to serve and support others.”

You should always make sure that you are making the most of life, but more than that you should always make sure that others are making the most of life. The more you focus on taking care of others in addition to yourself, the more you are truly going to get out of life.

This is why he is a great friend to so many and why so many people really enjoy being around William.

“He’s a great friend to those around him because he’s a family man,” Holly said. “He’s super caring and always willing to help others. He’s supportive and he’s reliable. He can also make you laugh, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need on a hard day. He’s goofy, but he’s the best.”

Whether you just had the easiest day or the most difficult day you have had in a while, William is going to treat you all the same. He is going to brighten up your day just by being himself, and that is why he is appreciated as the husband, father, and friend that he is.

“Dad, I just want to say how much I love you and I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for you. You’ve taught me so much and I know I’m still learning about so much. Thank you for showing me unconditional love and giving me hugs when I’m crying and sad, and walking me out to my car when it’s night time. Every moment we have is precious to me. I am so thankful to have you as my dad. I wouldn’t want it any other way. I love you!!!

“Love, Holly!”

“I want Dad to know that he is my hero and best friend. I love him very much and very much appreciate everything he does for me as a father and friend, as well as the rest of my family and his friends.” – Alec


From the bottom of our hearts, we love you and who you are. Words could never begin to express how thankful we are to be blessed with you as our dad. Thank you for being present, for always working hard, for always laughing, for always loving and for being you. Happy Father’s Day.” – Lauren

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