William Joseph Hand

February 22, 1949 to February 20, 2021


Passed peacefully away on Saturday February 20th, 2021 just 2 days shy of his 72nd birthday, William Joseph Hand (Feb 22, 1949) of St. John’s, NL.

Predeceased by his father JB Hand and brother Jim (Margie)

Left with many happy memories are his wife Margo (nee Stewart), son Graham (girlfriend Rachel Millan), son Mitchell (girlfriend Hillary Furlong). His mother Alice (nee Maddigan), siblings Debbie (Staley), Len (Tina), Denise, Barb (Bob), Tom (Christine), Fred (Marlene), his mother-in-law Lestra Stewart and countless nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Also, his daughter Tiffany and son Billy.

Bill will be fondly remembered by his Air Canada co-workers during his 22-year career in Montreal, Halifax and St. John’s and also by the many truckers and delivery drivers he got to know during his time in the warehouse at JB Hand & Sons.

Bill was always known as a pleasant, friendly, easy going guy that everyone loved and respected. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with family, especially sitting on the deck at the cabin in Seal Cove or down river in Gander. Having a beer, listening to the water hit the shore & watching planes fly overhead.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Dr Mikael Truskaloski and the staff of E2A & N2A at the Waterford hospital for their compassionate care of Bill and to Vicki Doyle NP and the wonderful staff of 2NW Pleasantview Towers for the time he spent with them.

Our hearts are broken but we are relieved that he is no longer tormented and finally at peace. Due to the COVID regulations, there will be no service and cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the SPCA or the Alzheimer’s Association of NL. 

We will miss & love him forever & always.



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Dear. Margo, I’m so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I remember working with him at YYT. He was such a kind gentleman. He is now at peace. Thinking of you and the boys during this sad time. Cherish the memories.

To Margo and family. So sorry to hear your husband passed away. Lloyd and I have lovely memories of you from our Wicklow St days. Jean Cooke

To all the Hann family
Bill and I were good friends during our grammar school days at St. Bon’s and when we were all hanging out at the stadium .
Sadly, we lost touch over the years but I will always remember Bill as one fine person to hang out with at school. He was a wonderful person from a wonderfully family and I am sure that he will be dearly missed.
My sincere condolences to all

To The Hand Family,
We send our sincere condolences on the loss of your Brother Fred.
Clayton & Julie Smith

Sincerest condolences on the passing of a high school friend.. RIP

Len, Tom, Fred and all the Hand family,
We are so sorry for your loss. May your memories help you get through the days to come.
Brenda and Bob Bursey

I remember Bill from early school days and haven’t seen him since then. But I will always recall him as a fun person to be around. I’m sure his presence will be missed..

Mrs. Hand and family.
My dearest condolences on the passing of Bill.
Keep the memories close.
You are in out hearts and thoughts.

To all the Hand family. Sorry for your loss. Enjoy all your great family memories .wirh Bill. .Hopefully it helps ease your pain. Penny and Liam Halley.

Sincere condolences on Bill’s passing. Lots of good memories from our high school days. RIP

So sorry,to hear of Bill’s passing

Tom, Christine and the Hand Family
Our Sincere Condolences on Bill’s passsing.
Jerry and Lorraine Young

Fred , Marlene and family,
We are very sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. We send our sincere condolences and hope the good times and memories help you through these difficult times.

Jim and Margaret Ann Beehan

Margo, Graham, Mitchell, Tiffany, Billy & Family:

Our sincere sympathy. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all right now. Keep each other close with the wonderful memories of Billy.

”When you lose someone you love you gain an angel you know” – unknown

Margot & family, we were so saddened to read this news today. Thinking of you at such a difficult time, Bill was such a nice gentleman. Thoughts and prayers going out to you and the boys as well as the Hand family.

We are sorry to hear of your loss. I remember the first time I met Bill and told him he looked just like JB. He got a great kick out of the compliment!!

Sorry we couldn’t drop in in person to send our condolences.

The Power Clan
Gerry, Chris, Ted Jr

Thinking of you Margo, sorry for your loss xo

Please accept my sincere condolences at this sad time.

Margo and family,
We are so very sad for your loss. Remember all the wonderful memories to help you get through your time of sorrow. We are thinking of you and we are sending hugs.

Ivy and Morris

Margo , Graham Mitchell. Caring thoughts are with you at this time , treasure your memories and may those memories help ease the pain as you find comfort and peace .

Our heartfelt condolences . May you have the strength to bear the loss. We pray for Bill to rest in peace.

Meena and Vipin Acharya

Margo , Graham and Mitchell

Anne and I send our sincere condolences and would prefer to extend our personal best wishes during Bill’s celebration of life with a hug and reflections . You guys are in our thoughts and prayers, lifeis all about the memories , send our love to Lestra .

Love you Cuz !

Margo, Graham and Mitchell, we send our condolences to you at this difficult time. We will always remember your Dad’s kindness shown to Chris and all the boys during their school days and after school adventures at your home. In friendship, Craig , Jennifer, Chris and Heidi Matthews.

Margo and family,
So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Lots of memories of our time working together at YYT. Condolences to all.


Margo and family, I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. It is so hard to lose someone you have had in your life so long but all your beautiful memories with help make each day a little easier. Take care. hugs

Margo, thinking of you at this difficult time and as I said the other day it is never easy when we lose a loved one however it is especially difficult in these times when we are not able to gather with you to share in the grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Graham, Mitchell and all the Hand family at this difficult time.

Sorry for your loss Fred to you and your family ????

Margo Graham Mitchell extended

Margo, we were so saddened to hear Bill passed away during this time of lockdown when we are unable to gather to share in your grief and to celebrate his life. Know that our thoughts are with you, Graham, Mitchell and the whole Hand family at this time.

Margo, Graham, and Mitchell,
We were saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of loss. I always remember Bill as a pleasant and fun guy to work next to. Lots of nice memories, for sure.
Sending you our deepest condolences with love and lots of hugs.
Sincerely, John & Eileen Delahunty

Margo…saddened to hear this news this morning…you are in my prayers

Dear Margo and family,
Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to you all on the death of Bill.
May you find comfort and peace as you share your memories of him.
Please be assured of our prayers for you in your time of sorrow.
Rev. Bob and Eleanor

Memories last forever and Brenda and I have so many great ones spent with Bill and you. These can never be taken away. We were heartbroken to learn of Bills passing but contented to know that his turbulent flight is over and there are smooth skies ahead.
We are both thinking of you and the boys, stay strong.
We love you all.

Brenda and Wayne

Dear Margo , Graham and Mitchell , please accept our heartfelt condolences and prayers to each of you during this very challenging and emotional time. As we all know , Bill was a wonderful caring person and so are the three of you . As we know , a love one never truly leaves ,as there footprint lives on through their family .
We are here for you now and tomorrow !

Sean & Lynn FitzGerald

Our deepest sympathies, Margo and Graham. We are thinking of you both today.

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Many fond memories of working with both you and Bill at Air Canada. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time.

Our prayers are with you at this time❤️❤️

Len, Tina, Fred & Marlene

we are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking about you and your family during this very difficult time.

To Margo, your sons, Fred and the remainder of the family – sending you sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. May be rest in peace. Rudy and Cavell

Margo and family, deepest condolences on Bill’s passing. He was always a pleasure to know and work with. God Bless you all in this difficult time and cherish your memories. RIP Bill!

We’re so very sorry for your great loss, Margo. Our thoughts are with you, Graham and Mitchell.

To the Hand family
I want to send my heartfelt condolences to you.
Wishing you peace and wonderful memories of Billy.

Fred and Marlene
Fred so sorry to hear this sad news of your brother’s passing. Sending condolences to you and all the family.

Margo and family i was saddened to here of Bill’s passing. I had the privilege to work with him for many years, he was a very gentle and very respectful to work with, he will be missed by his family and friends. Rip my friend.

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Thoughts and prayers for our neighbourhood friends.

Saddened to hear of your loss Margo and family. These days of grief can be made a little easier to bear knowing you are loved and cared for a wrapped in loving arms- even if it is virtually. Your memories of Bill will become lasting and ever more valuable treasures.
Owen & Sandra

I’m so very sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family.

To the Hand and entire families .please accept my condolences on the passing of your family member .Hold onto the good memories for that is what will see you through this sad time .

Sorry to hear of Billy’s passing I see Billy every day for years at JB Hand certainly a nice man
Condolences to family and friends
Maurice and Gail Greene
Consumer Snacks

Margo and Family, I am saddened to hear of Bil’s passing. I really enjoyed working with Bill in Montreal and St. John’s during our careers at Air Canada. We had many laughs together.. Please accept my sincere condolences on his passing.. Your memories will keep you strong. RIP Bill.

Kevin and I extend out sincerest sympathy to you and your family and friends. Although I never met Bill, I feel as though I knew him through your lovely Facebook postings and pictures. May he now rest in peace. Stay strong and cling to the many beautiful memories you all have, for they will bring you peace and comfort. God Bless!

So sorry to hear of Bill passing. My condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.????

Bill was truly one of the world’s kindest, gentlest, sweet people. Condolences and love.

Tina Fagan and family

Margo, Graham & Mitchell,
Our hearts are breaking for you . We have wonderful memories of easy-going Bill. He was always ready to have a chat and a cup of tea when visiting my Mom and Dad. When we visited NL and when your family visited us in Florida, we always enjoyed our time with him.
Praying that God will comfort you during this time, and that you will be able to smile as you recall your precious times together.
With much love & prayers,
Patsy (Kirby) & Steve Walden, Merritt Island, FL

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at these difficult times may god bless I knew Bill from delivering to the shop many years ago he was a great person