Cover photo for Willmott "Bill" Steeves's Obituary
1929 Willmott 2021

Willmott "Bill" Steeves

May 9, 1929 — July 23, 2021

London and formerly of Sundridge

STEEVES, Willmott Kirby “Bill”

Willmott (Bill) Steeves, of Moncton, NB, Toronto, ON, Hornepayne, ON, Sault Ste Marie, ON, Cheverie, NS, Sundridge, ON and most recently London, ON passed away on 23 July 2021 at the Dearness Home in London Ontario.

Bill was born in Lewisville, Moncton, New Brunswick on 9 May 1929 to the late Charles Andrew and Gertrude Emma (Mitton) Steeves. He had a long career as a Train Engineer with Canadian National Railway and lived a good portion of his life in Hornepayne, Ontario where he married his first wife Shirley Eleanore (Emo) Steeves. He dedicated significant time to coaching hockey and was instrumental in developing the Hornepayne Municipal Airport and the rebuild of the Hornepayne Arena. He married his second wife, Amy G. Steeves in Panama City Beach, Florida on 23 February 1992.

He will be greatly missed. A passionate train engineer, amateur pilot, hockey coach, wood worker, hard worker, joker and all around reliable man, Bill’s life touched more people than we could count. Known as “Stone Faced” and “a perfectionist” while working on the railway and a tough but excellent hockey coach, those who knew him also appreciated his vibrant sense of humour and his lovable Donald Duck impression and bird sound effects. While he slowed down in his most recent years, he was always up for telling stories about his CN days, piloting, woodworking, and retirement traveling; loved laughing with others; and continued to have a smile that could light up the room.

Bill joins his first wife Shirley, brother Herbert, his second wife Amy, son Bob, daughter Carol, and son-in-law Art. He leaves behind his sister Faith, daughter-in-law Valerie, grandkids Adam (Kyla), Raymond (Selena), James (Tanya), Kathleen, Robert (Julie) and Christopher. As well as many great-grandkids Kimble, Meredith, Abby, Ava, Fernand, David, Sally, Mikey, Lexi Hill.

Cremation has taken place. Interment will take place in Hornepayne, Ontario at a later date. Those wishing to participate in the interment can email or call (780) 913-3463 for further information.

Instead of flowers, those wishing to make a donation are asked to donate to dementia research with the McCormick Care Foundation or The Hospital for Sick Children.

Elliott-Madill Funeral Home, Mount Brydges, ON entrusted with arrangements.


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