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WILLIAM JAMES WATERHOUSE August 15, 1917 - November 22, 2003 Bill, beloved husband of Ruth (Moss) died Saturday, November 22, at the St. Boniface Hospital. He is survived by his wife Ruth, their son Thomas, his son David (Suzanne) grandchildren, Melinda (Tod), Christine and Matthew, his daughter Caitlin DeMontigny (Henry) his sister Monica Torrance, nephew Alan and niece Penny and Ruths daughters Katherine (Colby) of San Francisco and Judith of Edmonton. Bill was predeceased by his parents John and Mary, daughter Abigail and son Jason. Bill was born in Winnipeg and graduated from the Ravenscourt School in the first graduation class. He has remained active in their Alumni Association until his death. A lifelong musician, he attended the Royal Academy of music in England and was also a member of the Boyd Neel String Orchestra there. Returning to Canada, he played briefly with the Montreal Symphony before joining the Canadian Army to serve in the Second World War (1940 to 1946). After the war, Bill attended Boston University, studying violin with Richard Burgin, concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After graduation he became a member of the Boston Symphony and played from 1951 to 1975. Bill returned to Winnipeg and played with the WSO until 1987. Bill was a member of the St. Pauls Catholic Church of Starbuck and active in their congregation. He was recognized by the Starbuck community as the founder of their Starbuck All Charities, Inc. (1988). Funeral services will be held at the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave., on Wednesday, November 26 at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will be held one half hour prior to service time. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Bills memory would be appreciated to the St. Boniface Research Centre, 409 Tache Ave., Winnipeg, MB R2H 2A6, or the Winnipeg Humane Society, 5 Kent St., Winnipeg, MB R2L 1X3. The family would like to give their heartfelt appreciation to each staff member of the St. Boniface Hospital, Floor 5E for their compassionate and sensitive care during Bills illness. Arrangements entrusted to: CHAPEL LAWN FUNERAL HOME CEMETERY AND CREMATORIUM 885-9715
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on November 25, 2003