elevated 3OpZJ August 11, 1942 – June 1, 2021
elevated 3OpZJ 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 3OpZJ 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 3OpZJ 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 3OpZJ 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 3OpZJ 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.