Celebration of Life for Billy Aiton Takes Place in PhoenixJanuary 24th, 2024 by Casey Flores
Family, friends and industry members gathered at the Arizona Center in Phoenix on Saturday, Jan. 20 to celebrate the life of longtime window tinter Billy Aiton, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and with only a few months left to live and is currently in hospice care.
“I’m feeling good today – let’s keep this momentum going!” Aiton said.
A number of members of the window film industry were in attendance along with family and friends, including Braxton Phillips from Mesa 311 Tint in Arizona, Tony South of Precision Tint in Greenville, South Carolina, David Dellinger, territory manager for Autobahn Performance Film, a delegation from Maxpro, and Carlos Olazaba of XPEL, among other XPEL representatives including Dean Mitchell who also heads Tinters for a Cause, which is providing donations to Aiton’s family.
“Anything for Billy,” Mitchell said, who traveled from Montreal, Canada to attend the gathering. “We’re all here to celebrate his life.”
Tinters for a Cause is looking into ways to support Aiton’s family long term.
“The window film industry has gotten a lot closer together the past few years and we’re all in it to help each other out,” he said.
The gathering included karaoke led by Aiton’s younger brother, food and refreshments and a “roast” that ended up as more of a tribute to him.
Among the most memorable tributes came from his daughter Shaily.
“When I found out, it didn’t feel real,” she said. “I don’t think it’s ever going to be easy, but my dad has told me on multiple occasions he doesn’t want me to sit around but to pursue the life he and God gave me.”