Eau Claire (WQOW)- Billy Noss, a friend, an avid sports fan and a beloved Special Olympic athlete is remembered for his kindness and his contagious smile.
"You would meet him for about three, four minutes and right from the get go you'd have a little tickle in your heart. It would be warm because that's the kind of person he was," said Daniel Sippel, a friend of Noss'.
Noss was known as the unofficial mayor of Eau Claire, partly because he spent a lot of time out on the ball field meeting as many people as he could. It even brought him his best friend.
"We had 35 years together, and I think that Billy would depend upon me a lot to do things for him," said David Hanson his caregiver.
Hanson said he always looked out for Noss.
Three years ago on Noss' 75th birthday, Hanson thought he needed to be recognized for all of his work with the police department.
"He received his honorary lieutenant badge, and that was making him a honorary lieutenant with the Eau Claire Police Department," Hanson said. "That was one of the most special things for him, and I think it caught him by so much surprise and he was so overjoyed."
"The smile that night was bigger than I had ever seen," said Kyle Roder, with Eau Claire police.
Hanson said the birthday party was at Noss' favorite spot, Carson Park.
"This is where he got his Eau Claire roots and really got started, and I think that this was special for him, that this would be the last place we celebrate his life here at Carson Park," said Hanson.
Noss' burial is set for Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau at a later date.
He died last week at age 78.