elevated RG14l August 11, 1942 – June 1, 2021
elevated RG14l On June 1, 2021, after a wonderful and full life, Bill passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family. He leaves behind Jeannine (nee De Steur), the love of his life and wife of 54 years. He was the dear father of Elizabeth (Stephen), Michael (Katrina) and Patrick (Andrea). Gaga’s legacy will live on with his 7 grandchildren whom he adored, Allison, Sean, Daniel, Hanna, Katelyn, Keegan and Reese. He was an adopted father to Monique and Marc. Bill was the youngest of 5 children and will be missed by his sister Ellen Dolan (Terrence), predeceased by his dear brother Father Patrick Traynor CSP, Susanne O’Sullivan (Patrick) and Anne Spencley. He was like a brother to Diane, Joe, Mary, Peter and Evelyn. He was a cherished uncle to all his nieces and nephews.
elevated RG14l Bill was proud of his Irish and Scottish heritage. His parents, Elizabeth and Andrew, were hard working immigrants, who welcomed everyone into their home in the Bloor and Bathurst neighbourhood. Bill loved gathering with family and his many friends and continued his parents’ tradition of welcoming everyone with warmth and hospitality. Over the years he volunteered in his church communities, such as youth groups, hockey leagues and the Out of the Cold program. He loved working for the City of Toronto Parks and Recreation, where he was a Community Coordinator for 25 years.
elevated RG14l He was a man who truly loved life and all its simple pleasures. His family will be comforted by the many great memories of spending time at the cottage, where he was always seen puttering around.
elevated RG14l Thank you to friends who were so kind and supported us over the year since Bill’s difficult diagnosis. Your love and prayers are so appreciated by Bill and his family. A special thank you to Dr. U. Emmenegger and Dr. C. McDonald, from the Odette Cancer Centre, who treated Bill with dignity and compassion. We also appreciate the wonderful care given to him by his nurse, Asshita.
elevated RG14l Due to these unprecedented times, a Celebration of his life will be held at a later date. A private family funeral and interment will take place. Condolences can be left at www.catholic-cemeteries.ca/obituaries. For those who wish, donations in memory of Bill can be made to Sunnybrook Foundation www.donate.sunnybrook.ca/tribute.
Please accept my sincerest condolences. I vividly recall how Bill truly enjoyed making people feel at home in all situations. He will be missed.
My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Dear Jeannine, Liz, Stephen, Allison, Sean and family,
It was our true pleasure to have known Bill. We enjoyed our chats with Bill at the soccer fields and baseball diamonds while we cheered on Sean and our son Elliot play. Our condolences for your deep loss.
Monique and Jason MacFarlane
Liam, Curtis and Elliot
I knew Bill from the Saturday morning coffee group and always found him to be a gentle, soft-spoken, and caring person. It was my pleasure and blessing to have been part of that group until 2011 and especially to have known Bill as part of the wonderful gathering of friends. My Sincere sympathy to Bill’s family, Gloria Sorge
Dear Jeannine and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Although I haven’t seen him in years, my memories of him going back to our CYO days at St. Peter’s remain strong. He was a warm, gentle and kind soul. I’m lucky to have known him. I wish you and the family the comfort of your memories of Bill.
My deepest sympathies,
DEAR JEANNINE, I knew bill and you since grade 2 St Peters school.
BILL AND I WERE CLOSE FRIENDS OF MANY SCHOOL CHUMS.
RE GOOD BUDS ALL OUR LIFE .We played hockey for ST. PETES TEAM, HORSE BACK RIDING ,OLD POST ROAD STABLES.WE GOT INTO MISCHIEF TOGETHER A FEW TIMES.BIKE RIDING,ALL KIDS STUFF HAVING FUN.WE CAUGHT UP LAST AT ST PETERS REUNION LUNCH ATTENDED BY OUR GRADE 8 CLASS MATES. A GREAT DAY TO REMEMBER ALL .
My thoughts are with you now as you go through this loss of your dear BILLY.
Saw your email, and would love to catch-up.
If you wish, just send me your email address and I will get in touch.
Please note the double “ W “
Dear Jeannine and family,
Dick and I were so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. I remember all those visits to Markham street and the fun we all had. You and Bill introduced us to skiing ,which became a winter activity for all the family.
Bill will be sorely missed by many.
Vren and Dick Maguire
Dear Jeannine and family I was so sorry to hear of Bills passing. He was such a fun and loving person and will be missed by many. He was the “KING OF SCRAMBLED EGGS” at the reunion. Hope all your beautiful memories help you through these trying times.
Love Edna, Lisa and Cindy
Dear Liz and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike, Bonnie, Anika and Kaila Brophy
Dear Aunt Jeannine and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Bill’s passing. He was surrounded by family at the end and had so many more family and friends thinking of him. He will be sorely missed but has left such an amazing legacy through his children, grandchildren and the impact he made on others including myself. Monique and I have already raised a glass in his honour and will continue to remember him into the future. It will be a sad moment stepping through the door of the Traynor cottage again but the picture montages celebrate what an amazing place you and Bill have created.
We’ll always love you Uncle Bill!
Luc and Monique. xoxo
My best friend Bill
A true friend. One goes through life having a lot of acquaintances, but usually only a few best friends. Bill always supported us when in need, always ready for a good time, and any time was coffee time.
We will really miss you Bill and our thoughts are with Jeannie and all of the family.
Roger and Jan
Jeannine and family,
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Bill was a warm and compassionate human being whose loss will be felt by many.
I have fond memories of a Christmas turkey dinner that Bill and Jeannine cooked for a group of us from the McDonalds’ crossword group. Although I have relocated to London, I hope it will be possible to attend a memorial, at a later date, for this very special individual.
Jeannine and family. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on Bill’s passing. He was such a warm and friendly person and will certainly be missed. Enjoyed chatting with him on several about my homeland Ireland. I will miss those chats, stories and his laughter. You are all in my thoughts during this difficult time. May you find peace and comfort in the many wonderful memories.
Dear Jeannine and family, we were so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a gentle and kind man, our deepest sympathy for your loss . Bill & Elmire Sheehan
Dear Liz and family,
My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time of sorrow. Sending you prayers for strength and comfort.
Dear Jeannine and family, my sincerest condolences on your loss. The memories you have created together as a family will be with you always.
Dear Jeannine and Family: Our sincere condolences on Bill’s passing. We have met Bill a few times on family occasions and he was always very welcoming and outgoing. We remember those special times and the delicious dinner we had at your house. Those memories stay with us forever. Our thoughts are with you during these trying times.
Bernard & Angie Voorn
Dear Jeanine : We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. His beautiful smile will continue to remain in our thoughts. What a wonderful loving and caring man. God be with all of you at this sad time. Your treasure chest of memories hopefully will help you through these difficult times. Love Theresa and Dave Penney xxoo
Jeanine, Mary Ruth and I would like to send our deepest condolences on the passing of Bill. I remember Bill fondly from our hockey days at St. Mike’s arena and his willingness to help out wherever he could in coaching our children. I am sure he will be missed by all.
Uncle Bill was everything to everybody. He filled the room with joy, and when you were with him, you felt loved all the time. He cherished life and especially the time with family. And of course, never has there been a love story like Aunt Jeannine and Uncle Bill. We look in awe at the love you both held for each other. Together you made a wonderful family with beautiful children and grandchildren. I was so lucky to be included in your life and felt Uncle Bill’s warmth and love. He was best friends with my parents, and he and Aunt Jeannine were there for us after our parents passed. Our lives will never be the same without you in them. However, I hope to embody some of those loving lessons you passed on to me about celebrating life and loving family. I will always remember disco dancing in the street, the “garbage wars” between my Dad and you, and you always finding time for fun! Uncle Bill always ended all conversations with “Love ya,” and now I say back, “Love ya.” I hope you are with Gaga, Uncle Pat, Nannie, and my parents having a toast.
In the summer 0f 1961 I was a deacon serving with the Paulist Fathers at St. Peter’s Information Center and parish. Father Pat Traynor invited me to a family gathering at his parents home where I remember an evening of such warmth, singing and joy, I have never forgotten it. I suspect that Bill was part of it. What a special family, every single one of you! -Dick Dahl
Dear Jeannine and family,
Bill was an absolute gem. He gave me my first summer job with Toronto Parks. He had a soft spot for any kid who was struggling. He was beloved in the communities that he served. Bill’s humour was ribald and it was infectious. I will always remember Bill with much affection.
Dear Jun and Family,
There have been such beautiful and emotional tributes on the website to this incredible man. He has left such a legacy. He was such a role model for kindness, warmth, love, compassion and righteousness. I will always remember Bill’s kindness when you two were dating; always including me whenever possible. Giving me the name “licorice legs” when we were in highschool strangely made me feel special in his eyes. He was such a wonderful brother-in-law to Gerry and so happily and warmly accepted the role of a step in father for Marc and Monique. And how sweet he was with them – teaching them things, getting jobs for Marc, loving them like he loved his own kids. Who could ever forget when Marc and Monique could not figure out why their names were not on the cottage sign as owners. That’s such a tribute to both of you making M and M truly a part of your family. Then in the second chapter of my life Joe and I always reflect on the incredible trips we were so blessed to have with you and Bill. Bill ended up being the best brother-in-law Joe and I could ever have. Such wonderful memories we have of our time with Bill and you on these trips.
The love you and Bill shared is an inspiration to your children, my children and so many other people. If we can model our relationships on yours and Bill’s we will have lived a beautiful life filled with so much love.
We miss him already and will keep having this void in our hearts for the rest of our lives.
With much love,
Joe and Diane