Updated: March 24, 2014 6:37AM
Al Filan, the Brother Rice High School business teacher who solicited a prostitute from a website, is no longer among the living due to a tragic mistake.
We have all made mistakes in our lives, some of which we deeply regret. Many of us have overcome our mistakes to go on and do great and wonderful things. This was the case with Al Filan, an educator extraordinaire who accomplished many great things in his life.
I have read comments from his students, soccer players and peers who are quick to point out that he had compassion and understanding for those who had lost their way in life. Could we now put aside our prejudices and remember this man for the good things he accomplished?
Al was the best man at my wedding 36 years ago and my best friend the past 44 years. Our family will miss him dearly. He was a true friend always willing to help.