Passed peacefully away in St. John’s, Newfoundland on March 24th, 2020 after a long winter fighting pancreatic cancer. Bill showed incredible strength—his charm and sense of humour never left him.
Bill grew up on Park Ave in Mount Pearl with loving parents. He spoke fondly of his summers spent at Neary’s Pond swimming with his cousins. He took to hockey in his youth and continued playing until just a few years ago. He studied Civil Engineering at Nova Scotia Technical College and worked in Toronto, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Voisey’s Bay, Vancouver and St. John’s—he never missed a day of work. He loved spending Friday evenings listening to traditional music at Quidi Vidi Brewery. He often took road trips and bad weather never stopped him from going anywhere. He was a doting poppy. We will miss his gentle smile and his wise advice.
Bill is predeceased by his mother Margaret (Whiteway), father Gordon and brother Carl. Leaving to mourn two daughters Carolyn (Chris) and Tracy and their mother Geraldine, granddaughters Anna and Lili, sister in-law Janet, cousin Paul Thompson (Rose), who was like a brother, and special friend Bruce Jones, as well as other family and friends.
Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
A heartfelt thanks to the health care team; including doctors, nurses and home care workers, who under exceptional circumstances, went out of their way to help.
In light of the current health advisories, service arrangements will be announced at a later date. Feel free to contact the family privately to share memories or to send a message of condolence please visit www.carnells.com.
“Just tell me old shipmates
I’m taking a trip, mates
And I’ll see you one day in Fiddler’s Green.”