Elford, William John 'Bill'

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William John ‘Bill’ Elford. Bill passed away peacefully with family at his side at Chapman House Hospice in Owen Sound on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at the age of 85.

Bill was the cherished husband of Dorothy Elford (nee Reid) for 64 years.

Lovingly remembered by daughter Kathryn (Steven) Winters and Jeffrey (Shelley) Elford.  Devoted grandfather of Amanda and Wesley Winters, Vanessa Elford and Jacqueline (Jason) Boyd, and great grandfather of Cecily Boyd.

Bill will be fondly remembered by his sister Lois (Keith) Hewgill of Meaford, brother Larry (Eleanor) Elford of Thornbury and his sister Judy (Mark) McReynolds of Manning, AB.

Bill was a devoted Christian and long term member of the Church of Christ.  He was a great neighbour and friend; he was always available to help at the time of need.

He will be remembered for his tireless hours, unlimited energy and hard work. Bill was dedicated to the raising of Purebred and Fullblood Simmental Cattle.  He was a long time member of the Grey Bruce Simmental Club and the Canadian Simmental Association.  With the help of his grandchildren, Bill showed his prize cattle at the County Fairs and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

He loved his farm, located on the picturesque ‘Beaver Valley Road’, 235961 RR #1 Kimberley, known as “Elforado Farm”.   Located in the heart of the Beaver Valley, Bill’s farm will be a landmark for many years to come.

Bill was a community minded person, always interested in supporting community functions.  Past President of the Beaver Valley Chamber of Commerce, he was instrumental in organizing the “Apple Blossom Ball” and the snowmobile and motorcycle ice races held on the Duncan Lake.

A private service will be conducted at the Church of Christ in Meaford with interment following at Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Church of Christ (cheques only please), Residential Hospice Grey Bruce (Chapman House) or Meaford Hospital Foundation would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

 

Details

Private Family Service at the Church of Christ, Meaford, ON

Donations: Residential Hospice Grey Bruce (Chapman House), Meaford Hospital Foundation, or Church of Christ (Cheques Only Please)
Make a donation in memory of William John 'Bill' Elford


Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Rosalie Murray
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    My condolences to Dorothy and the Elford family.

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    1. Brent and Judy Falls
      Saturday, November 20, 2021

      My sympathies to the Elford family.

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    2. Nancy Cleary
      Sunday, November 21, 2021

      So sorry for the loss of Bill. He was such a kind man. Loved visiting with him and Dorthy. Had great thoughtful conversations.

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    3. Blair Cornfield
      Monday, November 22, 2021

      Condolences and prayers for your family

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      1. Blair Cornfield
        Monday, November 22, 2021

        Condolences and prayers for the family .

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        1. Larry Sutter
          Wednesday, November 24, 2021

          Jeff & Shelley sorry about your loss. Thinking about you during this time, prayers to you and your family (Larry & Cheryl Sutter)

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  2. Murray & Ilene Stephens
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Dorothy & family
    We are saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. Our thoughts
    and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Murray & Ilene stephens

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  3. Eileen Gamble
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Sincere condolence to you Dorothy and family.
    Cherished the memories.

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  4. Jean and Lorne McCauley
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Dear Dorothy and family sorry to hear about Bill ,you will certainly miss him, I remember how he cared for you when you were ill. May your memories sustain you in the days ahead , and may our Our Heavenly Father give you peace.

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  5. sharon jenkins
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Love you and will miss you sweet Bil(lie), my lovely cousin! Big hugs to all the family! XOXOXO Sharon Jenkins

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  6. Kelly Farrugia
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Such a sad time for all of you. Uncle Bill always had a smile and I know how much he meant to so many people. Aunt Dorothy , Jeff, Kathy and families. Sending love from Joe, Kelly and kids xo

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  7. Dennis an Brenda Ormsby
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Our condolences to you an your family Jeff.

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  8. Isabell Fiddis
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    So sorry for your loss. My condolences to the Elford family.

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  9. Trudi and Brian Wiley
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Dorothy and family
    So sad to hear of Bill’s passing our condolences to the whole Elford family

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  10. Doug & Denyse
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Our sincere sympathy to all the Elford family. We smile as we remember the many social occasions we had with Bill and Dorothy especially Michigan rummy nights. Those were such great times!

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  11. Gary & Lori Carscadden
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Our deepest sympathy to you Dorothy, Kathy, Jeff and families. Great memories of the Co-op and the fun times we had together. Cherish your memories during this difficult time. Take care.

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  12. Gary and Beverlee Dillon
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Dorothy ,Kathy ,Jeff and families …very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing .Our hugs and
    Sincere condolences to you all .
    Gary and Beverlee Dillon

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  13. Tom & Lynn Carbert
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. May his gentle smile continue on with the ones he has left behind.

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  14. Lois Sewell
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Elford family , Lois Sewell .

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  15. Cam and Mary Richardson
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Dorothy, Kathy, Jeff and your families. – We are saddened by Bill’s passing . He will be missed.

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  16. Doug and Ruth Edmonstone
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Sincere condolences to Dorothy and family.

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  17. Brenda and Keith Rogers
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Dorothy,
    Keith and I want to extend our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I know how you adored your loving husband and your dedication and care for him did not go unnoticed by your friends and family.
    Bill was one of the kindest and dearest man I have ever met.
    May you experience “The Peace that passes all understanding” during this painful time!
    Shalom
    Keith and Brenda

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  18. Milton and Marion McArthur
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Dear Dorothy,
    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our friendships through the Simmental cattle business were special and remain so after all these years. All the best.
    Milton and Marion

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  19. Lori and Dale Clarke
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. It is never easy to say goodbye to a cherished family member or friend.

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  20. Linda Teed
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Dorothy, Kathy, Jeff and family
    Words cannot express the feelings you have when losing someone so dear to your heart. Hold on to the memories you cherish. They never fade away. Love to all.

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  21. Mike Doyle
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Dorothy, Kathy, Jeff and families. Diana and I send our deepest sympathies. Bill will be missed by many in the valley. Mike & Diana Doyle

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  22. Brian and Chris Carmichael
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Our sincerest condolences to the Elford family.

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  23. Cheryl Bourne
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Deepest condolences. So sorry for your loss Dorothy, Jeff and family.

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  24. Bonnie Hammond
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Dorothy & Family – I was so sorry to hear about Bill. He was a good man and he will be missed by many.
    All your good memories will help you through this difficult time. God Bless! Bonnie Hammond

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  25. shelly & Dan Harrison
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing
    he was a good friend of the Lee family for many years
    think of you at this time
    Dan and Shelly Harrison and family

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  26. Joan McIntyre
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Sending condolences to the Elford family. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all

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  27. Lee and Bryan Fawcett
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Our condolences to the entire Elford family

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  28. Cynthia Loucks
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    So sorry for your loss Kathy and Jeff

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  29. Keith & Su-Anne Hodgkinson
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Condolences Dorothy to you & your family at this difficult time. Bill contributed so much to the Agricultural Industry & the Beaver Valley Community. It was so nice having a good visit with you both this past summer.
    Keith & Su-Anne Hodgkinson

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  30. Darlene Diver
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Kathy and family my deepest condolences

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  31. Arlene Osborne
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    My thoughts are with all of you and memories are with you forever. Bill was a wonderful person.
    Arlene and family

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    1. Diane & Keith Cornfield
      Sunday, November 21, 2021

      So shocked Dorothy . He was a man that you thought would go on forever.Will always remember him .Our condolences to you and your family.

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  32. Lois Plummer
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    To Dorothy and all the Elford family, my sincere sympathy to you all. I especially remember the good times playing euchre at the Duncan card parties.

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  33. Glen & Alison McGuire
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Dorothy, Jeff, Kathy and your families – we’re so sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful gentleman.

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  34. Ross & Isabel Schultz
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Our condolence to Dorothy and the Elford family.

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  35. Anne DeRosse
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Dorothy and family; I am very sad to hear of Bill’s passing. Thinking of you all at this time. Cherish the memories. So glad I got to see and talk to Bill in August when we were there. Will always remember the great card games we had! He will be missed! ❤️

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  36. Jill Reekie
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Dorothy, Kathy, Jeff and your families. Our sincere sympathy on the passing of Bill. He will be missed.

    Harvie, Jill and family

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  37. Cisca and Henk van Saltbommel
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Are condolences to Dorothy and Jeff and family so sorry for your loss .

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  38. Sandra & Randy Pyatt
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Dorothy, Kathy, Jeff & Family
    Thinking of you all this most difficult time.
    Cherish your many wonderful memories.
    They will help ease some of sadness.

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  39. Irene Webster
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Condolence to Dorothy and the Elford family. Sorry to hear of the passing of Bill who will be greatly missed in our community. Thinking of you all at this sad time.

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  40. Ross & Sherry Davison
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Kathy,Jeff Dorothy and families we are so sorry for your loss father, husband Bill was a real family man. Ross & Sherry

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  41. Doug & Brenda
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Dorothy, Kathy, Jeff and families, so sad to hear of Bill’s passing. Our thoughts and sympathy is with you at such a difficult time. Cherish the memories and family time you spent together.

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  42. Grant and Nida McMurchy
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    So sorry to hear of Bills passing He will be missed

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  43. Heather Murray
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Dorothy and Family
    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing, may all your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time.
    Bill was a great person , he will be missed and remembered by all who knew him.

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  44. Fran Austin
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    To Dorothy and Bill’s family and friends my deepest sympath

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  45. Harris Kuhl
    Monday, November 22, 2021

    Hi Jeff and Family, It is always a shock when a loved one moves to their new home! May God’s peace be with you and your family as you share His love with each other at this difficult time. Harris Kuhl

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  46. Kevin Wiley
    Monday, November 22, 2021

    Our sincere condolences to Dorothy, Jeff , Kathy and families, i remember alot of the good times when we worked together at the Thornbury Coop, cherish the good times. Kevin and Anne Wiley

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  47. Doris Snoddy
    Monday, November 22, 2021

    Dear Dorothy and family. You have my heartfelt sympathy at the passing of Bill.

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  48. Larry and Cheryl Soper
    Monday, November 22, 2021

    Dorothy , Lois, Larry, Judy and families:

    Our Deepest Sympathy in the passing of Bill. Hold your memories close.

    Larry and Cheryl Soper

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  49. Jean Carscadden
    Monday, November 22, 2021

    Dear Dorothy and Family

    I am thinking of you during this difficult time. Take care.

    Jean Carscadden

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  50. John and Dawn Lancaster
    Monday, November 22, 2021

    We were truly shocked at Bills passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Dorothy, Kathy, Jeff,Bill was a big help to me while I was at R&B Lennox and Bird fuels. He made so many friends and a very trustful man he will be greatly missed but fondly remembered by one and all. Rest In Peace

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  51. Dale D Fawcett
    Monday, November 22, 2021

    My condolences to the Elford family in the passing of Bill. My memories of Bill are the times he came to my
    parents farm to pick up cream to take to Kimberley. Often times the pick up was at noon & he would bring
    his lunch box into the house & have lunch with us. Great memories. RIP Bill

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  52. Heather Adams
    Monday, November 22, 2021

    Dear Dorothy
    You know we loved him so much! Thinking of and praying for you!
    Love
    Heather ❤️

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  53. Harold and Bev Ardiel
    Monday, November 22, 2021

    Dorothy and Family,

    We were saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences at this difficult time.

    Harold and Bev

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  54. Sandra A Conn
    Monday, November 22, 2021

    Deepest sympathies for your loss

    Ray & Sandra Conn

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  55. Stephanie Sheridan
    Monday, November 22, 2021

    Dorothy Kathy Jeff and families
    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing such a kind man he will be missed.Our sincere sympathy during this time.
    Tom and Stephanie Sheridan

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  56. Mary Solomon
    Monday, November 22, 2021

    Dorothy, Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  57. Paul Warwick
    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

    Sorry to hear of your brothers passing Lois.I didn’t know Bill but if he was like his sister he was a very special person.
    Paul and Alana Warwick

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  58. Marion Genoe
    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

    Prayers and thoughts are with you. Bill was a real gentleman and will be missed.
    Think of good times with Phyllis and Doug from Phyllis’ sister.
    Bev and Marion Genoe

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  59. Barry Moore
    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

    My sincere condolences to the Elford family in the passing of Bill.
    Cherish the memories.

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  60. Valerie Shaw
    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

    Dorothy I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. My condolences to you and your family.

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  61. Ann Wright
    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

    Dorothy,
    So sorry to hear of Bill’s illness and death.

    Ann Wright

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  62. Joanne cornfield
    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    Dorothy and family
    Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our deepest condolences. He was a great friend to Harold.
    He will be missed.
    Gerald and joanne cornfield

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  63. Randy & Sharon Vanwyck
    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    Jeff & Shelley and family: Thinking of you as we read of the passing of your father.

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  64. Judy Redford
    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    Dorothy,
    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Your partnership with Bill has been a mainstay at our Kimberley Bridge Club. Bill’s warmth, smile and enjoyment of our community gatherings will be remembered and missed. Sincere condolences to you and your family. May happy memories of Bill sustain you at this difficult time.
    Judy and Ted Redford

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  65. Ron & Barb Spotton
    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    Bill will be remembered for a long time in the Valley. He was a fine, capable farmer who loved
    the earth and his herd. Bless him for his kindness and fellowship.
    Our condolences to Dorothy and family. Farewell Bill.

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  66. Helen Lightbody
    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    Dear Dorothy and family,
    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing, such a gentleman, will miss his cheerful smile, a huge part of the Kimberley life, always present for our coffee mornings, Friday night drinks and so much more,loved our visits over the years, and the friendship. We will keep him close in our hearts as well as you Dorothy and all the family at this sad time. Truly a life well lived.
    Helen

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  67. Garry and Pat Graham
    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    Dorothy, Kathy, Jeff and Families:
    We are very sorry for your loss.
    Bill was a good friend and he will be missed.
    Garry and Pat Graham and Family

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  68. Frank & June Bullock
    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    Dorothy and family, our deepest sympathy at this very sad time.

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  69. Paul and Linda Gilmore
    Thursday, November 25, 2021

    Dorothy, Kathy, Jeff and all the Elford families
    So sorry to read of Bill’s passing, he was such a kind and giving man who always had a big wonderful smile when he met you, he will missed.
    May your wonderful memories give you comfort.

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  70. Linda Weatherall
    Thursday, November 25, 2021

    Dororthy and family. So sorry to hear about Bill.
    He will be missed by many, my heartfelt condolences to all.
    Linda Weatherall

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  71. Dorene Taylor
    Thursday, November 25, 2021

    Dorothy And family.
    Thinking of you during this difficult time.
    When Bill was with the Coop it brings pleasant memories of times spent enjoying staff parties.
    Take care
    Dorene

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  72. Pearl and Brian Bumstead
    Friday, November 26, 2021

    Dear Dorothy and family – We are very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing, but will remember all the good times spent along the way, in the many cattle stalls and auction barns. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings, Pearl and Brian

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  73. Sallie and Barry Kedwell
    Friday, November 26, 2021

    Dorothy, we were so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Although we enjoyed our Simmental association in years past we particularly relished our friendship as “around the corner” neighbours here in Thornbury. We’ll miss Bill and his cheerful friendly ways.
    Please accept our deepest sympathy on behalf of your family – we’ll be in touch soon.
    With best regards.
    Sallie and Barry Kedwell

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  74. Cherie
    Friday, November 26, 2021

    Thought and prayers to Jeff and family God bless
    RIP Bill
    Cherie, Ron Murray

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  75. Ruth (Wilson) McConnell
    Saturday, November 27, 2021

    Sooo sorry to hear this. My mom was great friends with Bill and Dorothy for many years. They took her to the Kimberley coffee mornings when she could no longer drive herself. My condolences to Dorothy, Kathy, Jeff and their families. ❤

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  76. Bev and Gail Murray
    Monday, November 29, 2021

    Dorothy and family we were so shocked to hear of Bills passing and our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you at this time as you were always a great cherished couple and you will have great memories to hold on to Our prayers are with you at this time

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  77. DAVID ELLIS
    Monday, November 29, 2021

    Dorothy and Elford family.
    We will give prayers and encouragement to your family. As was Bill’s hard working ethics, he was strong in spirit to the end. He will always be remembered as example of gentleness, kindness, and a strong Christian. Our thoughts are with you, Dorothy and family.
    Dave & Barb Ellis

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  78. Peter Gayle McDonald
    Tuesday, November 30, 2021

    Dorothy, and the Elford/Winters family: We will all miss Bills smile, and positive attitude in the congregation. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Peter & Gayle

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  79. CLARKE POLLOCK
    Thursday, December 2, 2021

    Dorothy & Family .. Helen & I wish to expend our sympathy to you & your Family ..the many stories you and Bill shared with us over the years @ the Farm. the Cattle, which Bill worked so hard to raise the best calves in the Valley were his life & joy, he loved playing Cards & I enjoyed being his partner ..we had many great times at your Home & Away . You always made us feel welcome & we enjoyed every visit ..Bill will be remembered as Pillar in Society ..R.I.P. Bill ..Clarke & Helen Pollock

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