Mr. William (Bill) Hill, age 89 years, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on December 7, 2018 at Hogarth Riverview Manor.
Bill was born on July 11, 1929 in Port Arthur, Ontario. Bill began his career as a welder for Brayshaw Steel. Some years later he became a firefighter, retiring as District Chief in 1989 after 30 years of service. Bill was a frugal gentleman, affectionately earning the nickname “Dollar Bill.” Bill loved spending the winter months with his wife Kay in Florida and summers at camp on Hawkeye Lake. Many family occasions were held at the camp as Bill loved having his grandchildren around. All of us will always remember hearing the seven dreaded words when we arrived at camp – I have a little job for you! After a day of work and play Gramps and Grandma would load everyone on their pontoon boat and cruise the lake. Many memories were made on those cruises, often while being serenaded by Hank Snow, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and more often than not Mom saying - Oh Bill turn that off!
Bill is survived by his children: Carol (Wayne) Brown, Lynda (Bob) Felbel, Bill (Melanie) Hill, Christine (Frank) Squitti and Ed (Katrina) Hill. Bill had an extensive family including grandchildren: Sharlene (Mike), Melanie (Andy), Greg (Emily), Tyler (Michelle), Andy (Tori), Kyle (Katelyn), Craig (Candice), Kalvin (Megan), Michael, (Aimee), Shawn (Tiffany), Cory, Ashley, Gabbi, Cynthia and David.; great grandchildren include: Alex and Mac Sawyer, Carter, Graeme, Braeden and Gabrielle Tenhunen, Jaden and Evan Brown, Noah, Leah and Cole Jarrett, Xavier Granger, Olivia and Avery Felbel.
Bill was predeceased by his wife of sixty four years Kathleen, his parents Thomas and Doris Hill, his three brothers Thomas Jr., Everett, and Jack, his sister Dolly Potter, and grandson Paul Brown.
A celebration and honour guard will take place at Harbourview Funeral Centre at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 in the Chapel of Harbourview Funeral Centre, presided by Pastor Louise Heyer of Evangel Church. Cremation has taken place. Visitation with his family and friends will begin one hour prior to the service. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Thunder Bay Toys for Tots, Diabetes Association or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
The family would like to thank all of the staff at Hogarth Riverview Manor for the kindness and care they provided.