He leaves to forever cherish his beloved memory, his mother, Alexis of Youngstown; father Ricky (Dianna) of Cleveland; four sons, Ricki D., Rhaheim D., Rhamel D., and Rico Williams; one daughter, Kia N. Williams; and Nya Williams, whom he reared; two sisters, Alexia Williams and Alexandria Tucker; seven brothers, Travis and Travail Donaldson, Ricky Jr., Richard, Ricki IV, Zion and Shiloh Williams; grandparents John Tucker and Erma Washington, both of Youngstown, and Richard L. Williams of Columbiana; great-grandparents Linnie Cox and Lucille Tucker, both of Youngstown; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other family and many friends.
I believe that was the reason Keating came back to get his things during class, and he was not disappointed in Todd and his other students. He probably did feel responsible in some way for Neil’s death, that he could have warned him or tried harder to “save” him, along with the other complex plethora of emotions a suicide of someone close brings with it. Seeing that some of his students did not blame him and that they understood Keating’s message was genuine probably helped to renew his faith in his teaching methods, thus leading to his rebirth.
In 2014, Briggs received the Phoenix Picture Book Award from the Children's Literature Association for The Bear (1994). The award committee stated: "With surprising page-turns, felicitous pauses, and pitch-perfect dialogue, Briggs renders the drama and humor of child–adult and child–bear relations, while questioning the nature of imagination and reality. As a picture book presented in graphic novel format, Briggs's work was ground-breaking when first published and remains cutting edge twenty years later in its creative unity of text and picture."