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William Robert Davis



The Family of William Robert Davis of Thunder Bay, sadly announces his passing.

Bill passed away peacefully, on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre after a short illness. Bill was born on October 23, 1920 in Murillo, Ontario, as the youngest of nine children. He was predeceased by his parents John Archibald and Edith (nee Long), both of Pokesdown, England and his eight siblings; Edith Valerie, John Henry, Beryl Madeline, Bertha Lauria, Audry Joan, Lawrence Gordon, Barbara Mildred, and Gilbert Ernest. Bill was the last surviving member of his family.

He married Martha Elizabeth Maki daughter of John Maki (Kimpimaki) and Elsa Willhelmina Sainio, both born in Finland, just prior to his departure overseas in 1943.

Bill and Martha had a farm on John St. Rd until 1953 when they moved to Township of McIntyre. He worked for the Township of Oliver, Ontario Provincial Parks at Sibley and Kakabeka Falls, Oscar Styffe, in his saw mill and in other capacities. Bill then took a position with the Department of National Defence in maintenance at H.M.C.S. Griffon Naval Base in Port Arthur (later part of Thunder Bay), working with the DND until retirement in 1985.

Bill is survived by his wife Martha Elizabeth, his 7 children; Fredrick John, (April Constance nee Goodwin), Thunder Bay. Donald Ernest, (Ellen Muriel nee Ennis), Conmee, Ontario, Joyce Barbara, Thunder Bay, Shirley Martha of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Lloyd Percy, Salonge nee Tousignant), Gatineau, Quebec, Thomas William, (Cheryl Ann nee Yates), Nepean, Ontario, Edith Elsa (Kevin Joseph) Turner, Murillo, Ontario, 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services for the late William Robert Davis will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the EVEREST FUNERAL CHAPEL, 299 Waverley St. at Algoma, officiated by Rev. Randy Boyd.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to service. Interment will follow in St. James Cemetery, John St. Rd., Murillo in the family plot. In lieu of flowers, donations made in memory of William to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a Charity of your choice would be appreciated.


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