It is with heavy hearts and deep sorrow for the family to announce the passing of a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin, friend, and brother-in-law.
Surrounded by his loving family, William (Bill) Phillip Laverdure passed away on Friday, May 8, 2015 at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Man.
Bill was born Jan. 20, 1943 in Rainy River, Ont. to Phillip and Agnes Laverdure.
He started his working career in Rainy River at the age of 10. Bill met the train at 4:30 a.m. to pick up the newspaper, which he delivered to residents of Rainy River. He then went to Mass to serve as altar boy before attending school each morning.
Work took Bill to various places, including Dryden and Kenora, before settling in Fort Frances, Ont. He recently retired from Family and Children Services as a custodian for the past 19 years.
Hard-working hands now at rest.
Bill had a true passion for the outdoors, including hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed playing sports, which included pool, baseball, hockey, and golf, and was an avid curler bringing home several trophies.
You always could find Bill enjoying sports on television.
Bill always enjoyed time spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and only wanted the best for each of them.
He was a true country music fan and loved to dance. He had a great sense of humour and loved to reminisce with friends and family, always enjoying a good belly laugh.
Bill found his soulmate, best friend, and the love of his life, Cheryl Scott, in October, 1990. They started their life together in 1991 and were married on Sept. 5, 1998.
They enjoyed travelling and spending time together.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, Phillip and Agnes; brother, Harley; sisters, Phyllis and Suesette; granddaughter, Jordan; and mother-in-law, Myrtle Scott.
Left to honour Bill’s memory are his loving wife, Cheryl; children, David (Sherry), Kim (Anthony), Drew (Jayme), Billie-Jo (Chris), and Jenny (Rob); grandchildren, Brady, Tanner (Tamara), Drake, Sarah (Briton), Cassie, DJ, and Jace, and great-grandchildren, Seth, Xhavier, and Cherish.
He also is survived by many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, cousins, and friends.
With his huge heart, Bill loved deeply and was loved deeply by many.
As per Bill’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Cremation has taken place at Wheeler Funeral Home in Winnipeg, Man.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 1-3 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous in Fort Frances.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to charities close to Bill’s heart, the Lupus Foundation and Canadian Cancer Society.
To my loving husband
I wish I would have met you sooner,
So I could have loved you longer,
Miss you and love you forever.