Our sweet William passed away Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009 in his mother’s arms and family by his side at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.
William was born Nov. 29, 1993 in Fort Frances, Ont. He was a beautiful gift from God to his mother, Kelly, and sister, Ashley.
Having been born with spina bifida, William had lifelong challenges already in place for him. But along with those challenges, William also was given a heart of gold—so deep and true that it touched everyone around him with a light-hearted grace.
He was a fun-loving boy who enjoyed many activities, including Cub Scouts, chess, and his favourite, curling. William also was an avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan and had filled his room with many collectables and autographed gifts from the team.
As a Harley Davidson admirer, William referred to his wheelchair as a Harley and had detailed Harley Davidson emblems stitched on the back.
Born a nature lover, “Will” loved the outdoors, especially his Papa and Gramma’s cabin. Sitting on the dock or around the fire pit were some of Will’s favourite times—surrounded with family, friends, and Mother Earth made him blissfully happy.
He carried the spirit in him always and was a strong believer of faith, which came through in his understanding, selfless, kind, and thoughtful ways. If you were down, William picked you right up—he was full of wit that made us laugh, charm that made us fall in love with him, and emotion that made us melt.
Of all William’s advocates, of all his admirers, his mother, Kelly, was his gift from God.
He had attended Alberton, Robert Moore, and J.W. Walker Schools, and currently was in Grade 10 at Fort Frances High School. He had taken part in many plays and school activities, adding his own spark to each one.
Through these schools and other groups, life’s true compassion was passed through Will to many other people. He was a precious gift sent from above to teach us so many wonderful things and love us unconditionally.
Every day of his life, he was told he was loved and he returned that love. His last words were “Don’t cry, mom. Thank you, I love you, Mom.”
Left to cherish William’s memories are his mother, Kelly-Rae Calder, and sister, Ashley Calder, both of Fort Frances, Ont.; his father, Bill Moody of Devlin, Ont.; his maternal grandparents, Ray and Val Calder of Fort Frances, Ont.; aunts and uncles, Pat and Ken Cupp of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Ray and Lisa Calder and Susan and Mike Carmody, all of Fort Frances, Ont.; and cousins, Jason (Laura) Cupp, Olivia and Jonas Cupp, Sarah Cupp, Cody and Jesse Carmody, and Amy, Cara, and Ray-Ray Calder, and Melissa Pearson.
Funeral services to celebrate William’s life will be held Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Pastors Diane and Garth Clifford officiating.
Family and friends may visit from 10 a.m. until service time at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.
Cremation will take place later at Rainy River Cremation Services in International Falls, Mn.
The honourary pallbearers will be Jason Cupp, Sarah Cupp, Cody Carmody, Jesse Carmody, Melissa Pearson, Mel Larson, Josh Wreggitt, Sonnie Martin, and David Fagerdahl.
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Shriners’ Childrens Hospital c/o Bruce Holmlund, the Fort Frances Community Chest, or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com
And in the end, when you leave one home and go to the next, the love you take is equal to the love you made.