WITTIG, William Frederick 'Bill' - It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of William “Bill” Wittig of Burlington, Ontario. He passed away peacefully in Niagara Falls while on retreat on July 8, 2016, at the age of 77.
Bill was born Kincardine, Ontario. Predeceased by first wife Margaret (2002) and brother Bob. Bill found love again with his wife Elaina of 12 years.
Loving father of Rebecca "Becky" Bonds and Jennifer "Jenny" Wittig. Proud grandfather of Emily and Christopher Bonds. Brother to Pat Stewart and Joan Gadsby.
Bill attended Royal Roads Military Academy in Victoria where he soon realized his strength was for giving orders rather than taking them! He then returned home to look after his aging parents. Bill’s career in the steel industry began at Atlas Steels in Welland,
where his talent, hard work and creatively were quickly realized. At same time he and Margaret started to raise their two daughters. He was active in the community and was involved as a T-Ball coach, the Liberal Party and the Annual Bath Tub races on the Welland Canal.
Opportunity struck when Philip Brothers invited him to be a part of their commodities trading business based in Montreal, Toronto and New York. His work took him all over the world. He was the first Canadian businessman to forge ties with Cuba and paved the way for Canadian companies such as Sherritt Mining to expand business into Cuba. His travels send him to South America, Africa, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Russia. In Russia he had no problem holding his own in very tough negotiations with his Russian counterparts. His colleagues meant a lot to him and many strong friendships evolved over time and developed into deep personal relationships that remain well into his retirement.
Kincardine, was a big part of his family life and he returned often in the summers and eventually bought at cottage at Inverhuron with his first wife Margaret. Bill was an avid travel enthusiast and enjoyed many travels throughout the world. After meeting Elaina, he quickly fell in love with her family in Washington State and it soon became like a second family home.
Bill met life with an open heart and generous, enthusiastic spirit. Along with being a tough
negotiator, he had a sweet and sensitive spirit. We will miss his very big presence in our lives.
Cremation. Visitation at Smith's funeral home, 1167 Guelph Line, Burlington, Ontario on Sunday, July 17th from 3-6 pm.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 1371 Elgin Street, Burlington on Monday July 18th at 11 am. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall.
For those who wish, donations in memory of Bill to the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation http://jbhfoundation.ca/or Heart & Stroke Foundation www.heartandstroke.on.ca/would be sincerely appreciated by the family.