Derbyshire, William Joseph George (Bill) (Red)
87 years, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2020 at Royal Oak Long Term Care Centre. Beloved husband of the late Norma Derbyshire (Carder 2016). Loving father of Bill (Kathleen) (Matthew McIntyre, Nicholas McIntyre, Alexander Derbyshire, Kristen Derbyshire); Garnet Derbyshire (Jackie); Ken Derbyshire (Barbie) (Lucas, Emily and Michael Derbyshire); Laurie Sanger (Brian) (Ryan Sanger, Stephanie Sanger (Justin Sastaunik), Jaclyn Sanger (Hamza Jafri). Son of the late Joseph and Maude Derbyshire. Dear brother of Marjorie Antaya, Doug Derbyshire, and Jo-Anne Siddall. Predeceased by his siblings Barbara Houchen, Donna Bolton, Robert Derbyshire, John Derbyshire, and Harold Derbyshire. He will be missed by his sister-in-law Betty Carder and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bill was a life-long farmer, growing tomatoes for H.J. Heinz and also retired from there after 33 years of dedicated service. Bill was a well respected Councillor for the Town of Leamington for 30 years. He was well known for BBQing hot dogs on Halloween night and made it a tradition, serving families for almost 50 years. He was a life-long member of Hillman United Church. Bill helped the Goodfellows with Christmas Baskets for many years. He was a staunch member of the Liberal Party, often wearing red wherever he went. Bill also coached hockey and baseball in Leamington. In recent years, Bill went to Pardoville and bought berries for staff and residents of all the retirement homes he lived in. Bill was known for his generous donation of vegetables to all those driving by. Due to current circumstances, a private family funeral service was held. Interment at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at a later date. The family wishes to thank the staff at Southgate Residence, Seacliff Manor and Royal Oak for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made Erie Shores Hospice, Hillman United Church or your local Food Bank would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Reid Funeral Home, 14 Russell Street, Leamington (519-326-2631). Share words of comfort or make a donation at www.reidfuneralhome.ca
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