Student of philosophy and Latin, family man, world traveller and accomplished artist, Bill Pittman of Washago, Ontario, in his 95th year, while in the loving company of his children at his home, passed on December 30, 2018.
Bill, a remarkable man who made personal connections through kindness, interest and inquiry. He was a man who easily acquired and valued friendships and a man whose greatest pride was in his family. He and his loving wife and best friend Betty (nee Bickell and predeceased) raised Ken (Carol) of Waterloo, Laura of Washago, and Bill (Signy) of Burlington. His four siblings Annie, Jack, Elmer and Gerald predeceased him. Bill will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Bill was born and raised in Douglastown NB by William and Estella. He was a graduate of St. Thomas University and served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII. He later moved to Toronto where he met Betty, they married in 1950 and eventually made their life in Burlington. His career with Mutual of Omaha flourished and allowed him to retire as a VP. Bill was a proud captain in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders reserve regiment in Hamilton, where he enjoyed many a mess dinner in the company of his comrades. Bill and Betty retired to Washago in 1988. It was there where he commenced his second career. For more than 20 years, Bill lead members of the Washago Seniors Club on a multitude of worldwide adventures.
It can easily be said that Bill lived every aspect of his life well. It is hard to say goodbye, so instead we’ll say thank you for creating so many wonderful memories and for enriching the lives of those you touched. Safe travels Dad as you embark on your next journey.
Heartfelt gratitude is extended to Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Dr. MacFadyen, the teams at Palliative Care and Heart Function Program CFHT, and the staff at Bayshore Home Health.
Visitation will take place at Mundell Funeral Home (79 West Street North, Orillia) on Saturday January 5, 2019 at 11:00 am, followed by a service at 1:00 pm and a reception at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of your choice.