BATTERBEE, William 'Bill' - WWII - Often nicknamed The Governor by his close friends, passed away peacefully in Port Hope on Monday evening, April 24, 2017.
Born in Newcastle, England, Bill lived an adventurous life. He served in the British Army during and after WWII, immigrating to Canada in 1957 with his wife Muriel and young Brenda and Michael. Hard work, determination and extraordinary kindness for others came naturally to Bill, and he eventually became a lithographer at Herzig Somerville Limited and excelled in his trade.
Bill and Muriel travelled extensively, retired early and found contentment in their life in Cobourg.
Brenda and Michael, grandchildren Natsumi and Mioi, his extended family and many friends in Canada and abroad will always lovingly remember him. Bill’s innate emotional intelligence, wise council, and tins of cookies when cheer was needed ensured the affection of all.
After Muriel’s passing in 1998, Bill was fortunate to find love with Joyce Harvey, with whom he continued to travel, enjoy Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake theatre adventures, and cross Canada by train to Victoria during the brisk winter months.
We are grateful to Extendicare Port Hope staff and Community Care Northumberland hospice volunteers for their dedicated care during Bill’s final challenging years.
Bill always supported the Cobourg hospital and any donations in his name would be gratefully appreciated.
On the afternoon of Sunday, June 4th we will celebrate Bill’s life with a short memorial service in Cobourg followed by a reception.