Gabbani, William

GABBANI, William

1950 - 2022

GABBANI, William “Bill”

November 18, 1950 – February 24, 2022 

We are saddened to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Bill at the age of 71.

Best friend and soulmate of Isabelle Goulet. Proud and loving father of James Johnston (Laurie). Fun, loving, and adventurous grandfather to Landyn and Thomas. Father of Natasha Chalwell. Beloved son of Ernestine and Dario Gabbani (both deceased) Much loved brother of Michael Gabbani (Lynda Chilibeck), Louise Othmer (Lance Othmer), Theresa Bonney and predeceased by brother-in-law Gary Bonney.

Bill was deeply loved and admired by his nieces and nephews, Kelly Rocheford, Kyle Othmer, Justin & Jonathan Bonney, and Dario & Sophia Gabbani.

Bill grew up the oldest of the four Gabbani children and loved his hometown and community of Cobalt. He was endlessly invested in supporting his community and served as a devoted town councillor up until his passing. 

Bill was an electrician by trade and retired from his position with the Ontario Ministry of Labour as a dedicated Mines and Safety Inspector for over 20 years. 

Bill’s love of fitness and the outdoors was unmatched. He was at his happiest during hunting and fishing trips to John Black, the Montreal River and Peterborough, and when dashing through the trails at his beloved ski club. He shared his affinity for hunting, fishing, and skiing with his family, friends and community.

Bill was committed to his community and devoted much of his time to helping others. His selflessness often extended beyond his family and he will be missed by all who were blessed to have known him. 

The family would like to thank the staff at the Temiskaming Hospital for their care and kindness during his short stay. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Temiskaming Nordic Ski Club, where Bill loved to spend his time enjoying the great outdoors and sharing his passion. Donations can be made via e-transfer to or by mail to P.O. Box 2019, New Liskeard ON, P0J1P0. 


A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date and will be open to all those who knew him.  

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Isabelle and the Gabbani family

Please accept our sincere condolences on Bill's passing. It was an honour to know Bill over the years as a patient and friend. We always enjoyed our conversations about health and the history of Cobalt. Bill was such an intelligent warm personality and we will treasure our memories of him. We have all lost an important ally to our community. Sincerely, Dr. Cliff and Louise Geddes

Dr. Cliff and Louise Geddes, le 2 mars 2022

The family of William Gabbani

I send my sincere condolences to you and your family. The Bible gives a real hope and it promises that your loved one will live again in a peaceful paradise on the earth where death will be no more. (John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 21:4)

Gayle Ellis, le 2 mars 2022

Isabelle Goulet and Gabbani Family

So sorry to hear of your loss. It's time she like this that we hold onto all the good, the love and the compassion that Bill lived by and keep it in our hearts

Frankie O'Connor, le 2 mars 2022

The Gabbani Family

Was shocked to hear of the death of an old friend from Cobalt. My condolences to his family.

Suzanne (Cambray) Dubois, le 2 mars 2022

Louise, Theresa and Mike and families

It upsets me that someone like Bill who loved life so much had it taken so quickly and tragically. When I think of Bill, I only picture him in the beautiful outdoors. I’m grateful to him for always staying in touch and checking in with my dad. You will be missed by many, Bill.

Diane and Marc Mantha, le 2 mars 2022

Isabella and the Gabbani Family

I was sorry to hear the news of Bill's death. I have lived around the corner from in Cobalt and I was the Safety Officer for Miller Paving North while Bill was an Inspector for the Ministry of Labour. We crossed paths on several occassions and he was always a professional. After Bill and I retired we became friends and would periodically meet at the Silver City cafe here in town. I will miss our friendship and hope you will RIP.

Martin Harrington, le 2 mars 2022

Louise, Theresa and Mike

We were so shocked and saddened to hear of Billy's passing. I have nothing but fond memories of our family gatherings in Cobalt as kids, and him living with us in North Bay on O'Brien St when he worked for Hydro. When I think of Bill all I see is his big beautiful smile.
So very sad, you will be truly missed, RIP dear cousin.

Lorrie & Chopper Cameron, le 2 mars 2022

Isabelle and the Gabbani Family

So sad to hear the passing of Bill our deepest condolences to isabelle Louise Theresa and Michael our thoughts and prayers are with you all RIP Bill

Mike and Denise Martel , le 2 mars 2022

The Gabbani Family, extended family and friends,

I want to share my sincere condolences for the sudden passing of your dear family member Bill. He was a great person who contributed greatly to the community of Cobalt. He will be missed.
May Bill In Peace.

Janie Ann Brydges, le 2 mars 2022

Isabelle & Family

Chère Isabelle, Nos toutes sincères condoléances. Nos pensées sont avec toi pendant cette période difficile. Les pistes de ski rayonneront à tout jamais par la mémoire de l’impact imprégné de son grand sourire et son accueil chaleureux qu’il nous laisse. Condolences to his family his contagious personality will be greatly missed.

Marc & Suzanne Martin, le 3 mars 2022

Louise, Theresa, and Mike

Sorry to hear of Bills passing , he was such a home town guy and will be missed by so many . God Bless

Sheila , Frackleton Oshaughnessy , le 3 mars 2022

Isabelle, Jimmy and the Families of Louise, Theresa and michael

Extending our deepest sympathy for your loss. Billy will be remembered by family and friends for his love of life and how deeply he cared each of us. As children we spent so much time together. He’s my cousin, but also my good friend, my oldest friend. Though the years drifted by and our encounters became fewer, when we did meet his first concern was how I was doing. He never failed to ask about my wife and girls. Will miss you Billy, your stories will be remembered for years to come.

Marty and Heather Rody, le 3 mars 2022

Gabbani Family

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Bill's passing. My sympathies to the family

Jocelyne Rheaume, le 3 mars 2022

To the family members and Isabelle

Rest peacefully Billy. You will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you. From the Kennedy family

Linda Kennedy , le 3 mars 2022

Isabelle & Families

Linda & I were so saddened & shocked with Bills passing. We both attended High School with Bill. He was a great skater and I very much enjoyed playing hockey with Bill.
Rest in peace our friend and may the Great Spirit watch over You & all of the Families.
Dale & Linda (Fildes) Johnston.

Dale Johnston, le 3 mars 2022

Gabbani Family

My sincere condolences to all of the Gabbani family.

Susan White, le 3 mars 2022

The Gabbani Family

My sincerest condolences. Bill was a passionate soul when it came to his heritage and life in general. Such a huge loss to our community!

Connie & John Boyd, le 5 mars 2022

Isabelle & Gabbani Family

Sincere Condolences to all who knew Bill.
This is such a tragic loss.
May his beautiful smile inspire us all to smile more often.
Love & Peace.

Sincerely, Carlo & Diana Cattarello

Diana Cattarello, le 5 mars 2022

Theresa and family.

My condolences to you and your family.

Carmen Mackewn , le 6 mars 2022

The Gabbani Family

I was saddened to read of Bill’s demise. I worked with Bill for the Ministry of Labour in Kirkland. He was a joy to work with a very nice man. My prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Rhea Larente

Rhea Larente, le 8 mars 2022

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