The Thorpe family
My deepest sympathy on your loss of Bill. Bill was one of the nicest men I have ever had the pleasure to meet. He will forever be missed by so many, myself included. My thoughts and prayers go out to Helen and family .
Bill was born at Hills Lake in Robillard Township to George and Janet Thorpe. Bill celebrated his 90th birthday this year. Bill is remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, adventurer, sports enthusiast, outdoorsman and self-made man. He travelled many places across Canada from north of the arctic circle to the tip of Point Pelee. In his travels he worked many different jobs like farm worker, miner, mill worker, equipment operator, diamond driller, mechanic and more.
With his love of sports and competition he played and coached hockey, played baseball and broom ball, cross country skiing, biathalon and most of all canoe racing. He is remembered for his community involvement as a volunteer fire fighter, fundraiser for a number of activities and charities such as being “Freddie the Freeloader” during the carnival and other events. He even managed to ply his acting skills as an extra in a few movies. Bill loved telling stories of his many adventures and misadventures, singing, dancing and most of all his passion for life.
Bill is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 67 years, Helen. He is survived by his children Bernadine (Guy), John (Kate), his grandchildren Melanie (Mark) Ashley (Phil), Hannah (Cody), Jeff (Sidny) and his great-grandchildren Gabriel, Kamlyn, Lillian, Odessa and Avary as well as his sisters Florence (Victor), Margaret and many nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his daughter Kristine. As per Bill‘s wishes there will be no public funeral. Donations in Bill's memory can be made to heart and stroke foundation.
“Storms never last do they baby. Bad times all pass with the wind. Your hand in mine stills the thunder. And you make the sun want to shine.” - From one of Bill and Helen's favourite songs.