William (Bill) Joseph Broderick

March 18, 1923 to July 10, 2020


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BRODERICK William Joseph In the early hours of Friday, July 10th, William (Bill) Joseph Broderick passed away at 97 years of age after a short stay in the Palliative Care Unit of the Miller Centre. He is pre-deceased by his mother and father, Bridget and William Patrick Broderick; his in-laws, Stella and Edward Barbour; and his seven siblings, including Frank Broderick, Joan Redmond, and Margaret Ronayne. His wife of 57 years, Winnifred (Barbour), his daughter Carol (Russell), and his son David (Jennifer) are deeply saddened by his passing. He will also be missed by his many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Bill spent his whole career at CN rail. To express his artistic side, he painted and played music. He had an excellent ear and loved to play piano and sing with friends and family. Though he never had the opportunity to pursue advanced formal education, he was a well-read, deeply intellectual autodidact. He adored poetry and could recite many poems by heart, and the family relished his dramatic readings of greeting cards. He loved nature and walked the MUN Botanical Park and Signal Hill trails with Carol into his eighties. He was always quick with a joke, even up to the last few days.

The family thanks the Community Health and Palliative Care teams for their compassion and professionalism during Bill’s brief illness.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation and a funeral mass will be held at Carnell’s at the end of July, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, numbers are limited. If you would like to attend, please contact Winnifred or Carol.

Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Canadian Red Cross.

“Play it again, Bill!”


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Winifred.carol.an David.
Deepest sympathy on the passing of your husband an dad. I always enjoyed being in his company.

Aunt Winnie, Carol and David, I am sadden by Uncle Bill’s passing. I will miss his smile and the twinkle in his eyes. I will miss him. My thoughts are with you.
“There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” – Gandhi

Winnie, Carol and David, I am so sorry for Bill’s illness and passing. He was my good neighbour, godfather to our son, Jonathan, and always my friend. This is a difficult time for you. If I can help in any way, please let me know. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Winnifred, Carol & David, Mom wanted me to tell you she’s very sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Shirley and Bertha Tina.

Winnifred, Carol and David. So sorry to hear of Uncle Bill’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Scott and Tina

Winnifred, Carol and David – Franz and I would like to offer our sincere sympathy on the passing of Bill. He was always thought of very highly by our family and was a cherished brother-in-law.

Winnifred and family
Please accept my sympathy. There are good memories of days gone by. May God grant you peace.

Winnie and Family,

My deepest condolences to you, Dave and Carol. Mike had so many wonderful memories of days gone by spent with Bill and friends. Bill’s dry wit has frequently been remembered over the years in this household. Who knows what happy reunions are taking place as we speak? My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you in your sorrow.

To Winnifred and Family:
Sorry to hear of Bills passing. Many a time as kids on Dorset for some reason end up in your garden playing some games or other! I remember Bill as a very quiet man who always had a smile!
My condolences to you at this difficult time!

My two sisters and I fondly remember visiting the Brodericks on Holloway Street when we were children. At that time Bill was just a young man. We believe his father, whom we called Uncle Will, was our great uncle, but are vague on the details as our father, Wallace Broderick, died very young. The Holloway Street family were a warm and gregarious lot so we are not surprised to read of Bill’s lively personality and the great popularity he enjoyed throughout his life. We also remember wonderful children’s Christmas parties given by Margaret and Con Ronayne on Victoria Street, but contact with that family has been lost also, sadly. Please accept our sincere condolences in your time of sorrow.

I have fond memories of Uncle Bill and Aunt Winnie visiting us in Gander as a child. Uncle Bill on the piano and playing in the back yard. Good times. He will be missed. Sharron and I send our condolences .

Winnie and family. Sincere condolences on the passing of Bill. Used to have a chat with him from time to time. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

On behalf of the Badcock family I would like to pass along condolences to the Broderick family. Bill was a well liked and very considerate neighbour of ours on Dorset Street. We have many fond memories. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

To my dearest friends,

“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.” A quote from Tolkien, another devout catholic. Here on the last shore, I remember Mr. Broderick as a wonderful, kind, gentle soul and I will be forever grateful to have known him. He had a warm smile, a clever way with words (and joy in puns), and a delight in playing with expectations..

“And then it seemed to him that … the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise.”

Sail on.


Dave and Family,
So deeply sorry for your loss. Nothing can fill the void created by the loss of a father. May he rest in peace.

Nancy Peckham

To Winnifred & family – sorry to hear of
bill passing. I remember the good times playing indoor soccer with Bill when he was young feller in his 50’s I was in late 20’s and also when you & bill visited your Mother next door. Bill was a very nice & funny guy.
May he Rest In Peace

Carol, David, and Winnie, I’m very sorry for your loss. But I believe that Bill is at peace, at rest, and is having his great reward. He was a very good man and an exceptional man and (as you know) he and Dad grew up in the same age and generation, born on the same day in 1923. Many, many happy memories come to mind but overwhelmingly I remember that whenever Mom and Dad and I saw and talked with Bill and Winnie, they always brought a smile to everyone’s face. Bill loved a joke and a funny story. May he rest in peace.

Winnifred , Carol and David.
Sending heartfelt condolences at this difficult time.

Expressing heartfelt condolences to the Brodericks, Winnie, David, and Carol. Such a gentle and caring husband and father must be missed very deeply. Dave and I were very close as kids, and the Broderick’s home was like my second home for years. I will always remember Bill (or Mr. Broderick as I always called him) for his kindness he showed Dave’s friends, able to cross generational gaps with his humour and his warmth and his amazing vocabulary. Very grateful for the chance to get to know Bill, and very sorry for your loss..

Carol and family — Please accept our condolences on the passing of your father. May he rest in peace. God bless you all until you meet again.

Carol, so sad to hear of your dad’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Many happy memories of trouting with my father (Leonard Greene) and Bill at Muddy Hole up the shore. Rest in peace, Bill

Winnifred, Carol and David – wanted to offer my sincere condolences on Bill’s passing. He was a wonderful man and I have many happy memories of uncle Bill as a child. Cherish the memories and may he rest in peace.

I grew up next door to the Brodericks starting when I was 3 years old. I became good friends with Carol and remember her dad as a kind, funny man who always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes. My thoughts go out to Carol, David and family at this difficult time.

My mother Mary Hill wishes to send condolences to Winifred and family on the passing of Bill. We also wish to express our condolences to our cousin and extended family .
May you have many happy memories to reflect upon the difficult days ahead.

Mary Lou

Winnie and family, please accept my deepest sympathies on your loss. Bill was a great friend and neighbour to my family and will always be remembered for his wit, sense of humour, and personal warmth and friendliness. May memories of happy times help you in this current period of sadness.

Really sorry to hear about this, Dave. From all I’ve heard, your Dad was a wonderful man. My condolences to you and your family.

So sorry for your loss Dave. Your dad was a lovely man. Whenever I think of him I see his wonderful smile that could light up a room.

Our sympathy to Winnie and family. Such a wonderful age and wonderful life. We have witnessed and so enjoyed his musical talent at our sister’s home (Mary Burke). We remember fondly our meetings with you both many years ago and feel your loss. sincerely Don and Judy (Day ) Fitzpatrick