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McKENZIE, William Robert George (Bill)

McKENZIE, William Robert George (Bill)

Bill was born in Dundee, Scotland, and was incredibly proud to be both Scottish and Canadian. He died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, December 22, 2019, six days shy of his 89th birthday. Bill was living proof that a person does not have to be educated to be successful. He left school at 13 to help support his family, training as a sawyer then serving in the Royal Naval Reserves, which allowed him to travel to far-flung parts of the world. He was an accomplished swimmer, diver and wrestler. In search of a better life for his beloved wife Louisa and son Billy, Bill immigrated to Canada in November, 1957. In a matter of weeks he found a job at W.S. Tyler, and was a proud Tyler’s employee until his retirement in 1995 and still proudly wore clothes with the Tyler’s name. He instilled in all of us the importance of having a strong work ethic and the pride of a job well done. Bill was the go-to guy for help with painting and building. He was always willing to lend a hand and share his expertise with anyone in need.  For many years, Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman with his Tyler friends, and he played squash five mornings a week until his mid-80s, when he began showing signs of dementia. He had a sly sense of humour, and even though dementia dimmed the twinkle in his eyes, it never entirely disappeared. He loved a good sing-song, especially after a drop of “the good stuff,” which usually resulted in comically mangled lyrics or made-up songs that were sung at most family events. First and foremost, Bill was a family man, who lived every day for his wife, children and grandchildren. Left to celebrate a life well and kindly lived are the love of his life Louisa, son Bill Jr., daughter-in-law Robyne, daughter Jennifer, son-in-law Paul, and sister Violet (Bunty), grandsons Graeme (Jenn) and Andrew, granddaughter Madeleine and great-granddaughters Keira and Juliette, as well as many nieces and nephews in Scotland, England and Canada. Bill is reunited with his father Edward, mother Violet, and older brother Eddie, many brothers-and-sisters-in-law and his infant daughter, Moira. Dad, it is impossible to fully articulate how grateful we are for our presence in our lives, except to say how much we love you and to promise to continue to live by your example.   Thank you to Drs. Chauhan and Safranyos for their compassionate care, to the many PSWs who assisted in Dad’s care, the emergency services responders who assisted Dad in his final week, and to the staff from Passfield Mortuary for ensuring Dad’s final journey from his home was done with dignity. A private Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society in Bill’s memory. 

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