William (Billie) Josiah Best

June 22, 1936 to April 21, 2021


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William (Billie) Josiah Best, age 84, of Mount Pearl formerly of Victoria, Conception Bay, passed away peacefully at Agnes Pratt nursing home on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. He was surrounded by his loving family and his wonderful friends & staff at the home.

Leaving to mourn his complaining but loving wife Winnie; eldest son Trevor Best (The Great One), Denise Loder (Sargent Major), Stephanie Carter (Money Bags), & stepson Richard Street; grandchildren Ava and William (Trevor Best), Gavin (Denise and Doug Loder), Seyla and Maddox (Stephanie and George Carter).

Predeceased by his siblings Florence Stanford (Archibald), Helen Parsons (Leonard), Clarence Best (Blanche), and Winston Bess (Dora); and niece Bonnie Sellars.

Dad was born on June 22, 1936, in Victoria, BC (behind Carbonear). Dad was raised in the Town “where the sun always shines”, as he often said. He moved to Mt. Pearl some years ago only to be closer to his Children.  He loved to reflect and tell stories of his fond days as a boy growing up in “The Village.” Dad was admired by many that knew him not only for his positive attitude but also for his strength and determination throughout his life & his witty personality. Dad never let his physical disability ever prevent him from accomplishing his goals. He provided himself with an education and was always proud to support his family. He would always chuckle when telling us years ago that as a boy no one would ever think that he would get to a ripe old age. Dad was the one of six children, today he leaves behind his youngest sister Elsie Sellers (Western Bay).

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Rd., St. John’s. Visitation will take place on Sunday, April 25 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held from The Carnell Memorial Chapel on Monday, April 26 at 2 p.m.

No flowers by request. Donations in his memory may be made to Park Avenue Pentecostal Church.



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Winnie Girls And Trevor , I love the notice you posted . It is May 3 and I just found out Bill passed , as I was scanning obits . I don’t know how I missed his notice , as I check it often. I am blessed to have met
Him and you all in the early days of hair cutting . We do have a story or two .
He was so humble and he knew my father who passed so young . I’m thinking of you all and I’m smiling as I type . Shout when you think of him , sing when you want to praise him and dance just dance when you wish you could hold him one more time . Blessings

Mrs. Best, Denise, Stephanie, Trevor and families,

I will always have fond childhood memories of Mr. Best from your time in Carbonear. Growing up, your home on Burgess Place was a second home to many, and we were always made to feel very welcome. I will remember Bill for his kindness, wit and heart-warming grin. He was also a man who was very proud of his family and that was quite evident by the way he spoke of each of you. May your strength as a family and lifetime of wonderful memories help carry you though this difficult time. Thinking of you all warmly and sending my sincere condolences.

So sorry to hear of your dads passing. He was one of the best men I ever knew. We shared so many great memories together. He had a great sense of humor and loved a good laugh.. Thoughts and prayers for y’all. Hug your mom for me. Love you guys so much.

To Denise and family. I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and may god bless you all.

Mrs. Best, Denise, Stephanie, Trevor and families:

I was saddened to hear of Mr. Best’s passing. Although it’s been several years, I have fond memories of him in Victoria and Carbonear….always a kind and genuine man with a gentle soul. He cared deeply for his family which was evident by the smile on his face each time he spoke of you.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Stephanie, my condolences on the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Madonna Shea

Denise and family
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your dear father. I always enjoyed my many chats with him when visiting Agnes Pratt. May your many good memories of him help you through this very difficult time.

Trevor, Denise , Stephanie and Ms Best ,

So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr Best. He was a true gentleman and such a friendly man . As a young fella hanging out with Trevor I had the opportunity to share many conversations with him. He loved hearing about everything going on in Victoria , he loved his hometown. May your many memories help you through the days ahead. I have no doubt that God has gained another angel . Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

To Stephanie and all of Mr. Best’s Family … sending my heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your special loved one.
I met Mr. Best during my many visits to Agnes Pratt to visit my Mom. Often when I made him a cup of tea in the late evening to have with his toast, jam jams or cream cracker and homemade jam I had many chats with him about different events in his life, the news at AP and of course how proud he was of his family. He would tell me about each of you and how he was Blessed to have you. Please take care and know that there is a special place in heaven for such a special Dad. RIP Mr. Best and God Bless you all.

Aunt Wennie and family we are so sorry to hear of Uncle Bills passing I think off all the good times we had at our cabin with him he was always making us laugh always had that grin on his face we didn’t know what he was going to say or do all in fun especially when him and my mother Florence got together We will always miss them dearly he’s in heaven now with my mom laughing together Derek and Delilah

I am So sorry to hear of Bills passing, Florence and I had many good times with him and Winnie,. We had so many laughs and wish we could have spent more time together. .please know we are thinking of you all. He was a good man. …and he will be missed.

Greg and I would like to express your condolences on the lost of your Dad.

My deepest condolences to the Best family. Your home was my second home; I have many positive memories of Mr. Best. His strength, determination and positive attitude will always be remembered.

We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Bills passing. We have so many fond memories of good times when they would visit Mom and Dad. ,mom loved her little brother so much. Please know we are thinking of you all at this difficult time. Much love.❤️❤️

Best family, so sorry to hear of Bill passing. The first thing I think of when I think of Bill is that beautiful smile of his, he was a lovely person. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
Valerie Burke Cook

Steph, Denise and family, thinking of you all during this time. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Mr. Best. I hope the lifetime of memories will help you all through this difficult time.

-Paul and Lisa Coady

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Your devotion to your Dad was evident as you spoke so often of him. Your Dad is now at peace in a wonderful place. May cherished memories bring you peace, comfort and many smiles in the days ahead.
Hugs and Blessings.

Stephanie & George, So sorry for the loss of your father (father-in-law). My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Mrs. Best, Denise, Stephanie, Trevor and families.
I am so sorry to hear Bills passing. On behalf of the citizens, staff and council members and myself. I want to offer our sincere condolences to you all at this difficult time. Please know that our thoughts are with you.

Mayor Barry Dooley
Town of Victoria.

Denise and family,
I am sure your Dad appreciated your frequent visits to check in on him at APH. So nice that you were able to do this and so comforting for him to know you were always looking out for him. Condolences to you and your family at this time.

Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Sending my condolences to Denise Doug and Gavin and family.. your dad was such a blessing to you all he was a very positive man and always had a smile on his face he was and still is a big inspiration to you all .. God bless and my prayers will be with you all ???????????? love Karen Hollett ????

Mrs. Best, Stephanie, George, Seyla , Maddox and the Best family so sorry to here of Mr. Best’s passing. You have our deepest sympathy. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. May you find comfort in your loving memories.

Denise, Stephanie and families, I am sad to hear of Bill’s passing but celebrate his life! He was truly a great and inspiring man, who understood the value in every day and had a way of making others appreciate every moment. He was generous in his wit and in his kindness and for that I will always be truly grateful. These beautiful qualities are present and shine in his children and I feel very blessed to have been invited to be a very small part of his life and yours. I know he will be missed by so many but I also know that old friends wait to greet him. My prayers are with you all.

To The Best Family,
My sincere condolences on the passing of your father.