Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years Marjorie, his sons Donald (Patti) and Gary, and daughters Sandra and Tracey. Predeceased by son Edgar. He is also survived by siblings Annette, Shirley and Janet. Predeceased by parents Rene and Anne Larocke, sisters Eva, Margaret and Maryann, and brothers Douglas, Gerald, Paul and George. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and their families as well as friends and former coworkers.
Bill was a gifted mechanic and wore many hats and wore them well. Licenced Auto Technician, Truck and Coach Technician, Autobody licence, welder, builder of tow trucks, trailers and everything in between. Bill was self-employed for many years running his own garages. For numerous years he was the head mechanic for the Sears Service & Delivery fleet in Kitchener until they closed. He was a fix anything or make anything guy. Bill was a hard worker all his life and was happiest when working. He always lived by his motto “if I want it done right, I will have to do it myself”. His unselfish gift of labour ensured no family member ever had to pay for any auto repairs. Family was always first. Dad encouraged us to learn how to “do it ourselves” and to become self-dependent. Dad was a very proud, strong-willed man and things were to be done his way, just ask us how we know.
We wish to especially thank ParaMed nurse Lem for the care she provided dad this past four years. We also would like to thank the doctors and nurses at St. Mary’s Hospital for their compassionate care of dad.
As per Bill’s wishes, there will be no funeral or service. Cremation has taken place. Internment will take place in the future. In lieu of flowers, please take a few quiet moments of your day to remember Bill and reflect on how he affected your personal life.
With Bill’s great love of dogs, donations to: Pound Dog Rescue https://pounddog.ca or
The Farley Foundation https://www.farleyfoundation.org would be greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy.
Messages and condolences may be left at www.tricitycremations.com. Please visit Bill's obituary notice on Facebook.