ROCKFORD - Monday night's
"What a friend, what a friend indeed, tonight my heart is broken," said 8th Ward alderman Nancy Johnson.
Through tears and smiles
"Bill loved his family, and he probably cared more for the city than a lot of people I know," said 4th Ward alderman Carl Wasco.
To most, he's remembered as a true friend who many relied on during their time of need, "and he was that rock I could always go to," said Wasco.
"You were a better person because you got to know Bill Robertson," said 3rd Ward alderman Doug Mark.
Amongst stories of times gone by, "I have a bow tie
on tonight, he taught me how to tie the darn thing," said 2nd Ward
alderman Pat Curran. Were stories of how
"The 911 center is better today, because of what he did to help build that department," said Wasco.
Robertson graduated from
"Personally as a friend, I will deeply miss him," said Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten.
Bergsten remembers the day Robertson swore him in as a firefighter, as well as advice on life Bergsten took to the heart.
"Make sure you take care of your family at home first, and keep them your first priority," said Bergsten. "And I think that's what he definitely followed through on."
It was his love for his family and the ability to make others feel as if they were a member.
"He wasn't old enough to be my dad, but he made me feel like I still had one," said 5th Ward alderman Venita Hervey.
Flags are flying at half-staff in remembrance of the late alderman and fire chief. Visitation and funeral arraignments have been set for later this week.
The visitation will be at
The funeral will be Friday at