“Wow. I can’t believe it’s already been a year since this beautiful bald man that I can proudly call my dad passed away,” Nathen began his lengthy Sept. 21 post. “Besides his head, I think I miss his laugh and smile the most. Because I knew that whenever he was laughing he wasn’t the only one laughing.”
Alongside a carousel of photos of him and the White Collar actor throughout the years, he continued, “He had a gift of being able to talk to literally anyone he came into contact with and make them either laugh or awkwardly smile from a joke he had probably just told them.”
Willie’s jokes, Nathen said, are just one of the things he misses the most about his dad.
“I had heard the same 3 or 4 dad jokes from the time I moved in at 7 to when I turned 15,” Nathen shared. “So at least a hundred times each joke and I would beg him to get a new joke. Now, however, I wouldn’t be upset to hear him say those same jokes a thousand or even a million more times.”
Nathen noted that Willie wasn’t just his father, but also his best friend and mentor.
“He inspired me when I was younger to be better than I ever thought I could and because of that I try to always do better,” he explained. “I would not be where I am today if not for him. I wouldn’t be who I am if not for him.”