Bill Wright

1933 - 2017

William “Bill” George Wright – passed away peacefully at home in Tobermory, on Monday, August 14, 2017 with family at his side. Beloved husband and best friend of Shirley (nee Bowen) for 61 years. Cherished father of William “Bill” (Miriam), Douglas, and Robert (Alison). Devoted grandfather of Douglas, Matthew, Amanda, Christopher (Julie), Meghan, Aidan and great-grandfather of Jacob, Evangeline, Adeline and Jensen. Predeceased by parents George and Dorothy Wright. Survived by sister Marion (late Roland) Couvillion, nieces, nephews and cousins. Bill was born in Montreal, July 25, 1933 and graduated from McGill University in 1956. Upon graduation, Bill began his career at Stelco including positions in Montreal, Edmonton and Hamilton. Bill served as an Elder and Sunday School teacher in the United Church. He taught Industrial Relations at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and served as a member of the Alberta Board of Industrial Relations. In Burlington, while transitioning up the Stelco corporate ladder, and being an active family man, Bill still made the time to be involved in Junior Achievement and the Board of Trade. After retiring to Tobermory, Bill continued to contribute his many gifts and talents to the community including his work with Employment Insurance Canada in Owen Sound, being an active member of the Tobermory Clinic Auxiliary, assisting in building the new Tobermory United Church, being a member of the Church Council and volunteering for 20 years on the Chi-Cheemaun. Bill was integral in the prevention of the Tobermory school closure. He was one of the presidents of the Happy Harbour Club and provided mentoring, support and friendship to many committees and groups in the Tobermory area. Bill was a kind, generous, caring person, to his family, friends and the community. Bill’s prayer and belief was “to be mindful of the needs of others.” Friends are invited to a Celebration of Life at Tobermory United Church on Saturday, August 19 at 1pm. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations made to Covenant House, Operation Smile or charity of your choice as expressions of sympathy would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence are welcome at www.whitcroftfuneralhome.com.

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