Gatecliffe – William Richard “Bill” passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, in his 87th year, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Monday, December 14th, 2015. Bill went to join Phyllis (2007) his wife of 60 years. Loved father of Sharon Gatecliffe, Randy (Ruth) Gatecliffe , Sue (Skip) Dean and Karen (John) Jordan. Grandfather of Mandy (Kevin) Rutkauskas, Jennifer (Andrew) Lumsden, Jason (Mel) Gatecliffe, Josh (Trisha) Dean, Joni (Geordie) Taylor, B.J. (Nicole) Jordan, and Mike (Nancy) Jordan. Great-grandfather of Adley, Will and Zane, Sarah and Mackenzie, Hailey, Megan and Abbey, Olive and Gunnar, Carson, Fletcher and Sawyer, Ailayah, Naomi and Michael. Bill was predeceased by his parents Richard and Myrl, by brothers Orv, Wilf and Jim and sister Linda. Bill was born in Aylmer on June 3rd, 1929. He and Phyllis were the proud owners of Rite Temp Refrigeration for over fifty years. He belonged to St. David’s Lodge 302, Mocha Temple, Jeepsters and Jesters.
A private family service will be held. No public visitation. Cremation has taken place with private interment of ashes in Aylmer Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital or the Canadian Cancer Society. Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, St. Thomas entrusted with arrangements.