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It is with great sadness that we announce that William (Bill) Niemi joined our Lord on the evening of July 23, 2021, in Winnipeg, MB.
Son of Niilo and Hulda Niemi of Copper Cliff, ON, originally of Parkano, Finland. Bill grew up speaking Finish and always looked forward to returning home to speak it with his friends on Evans Road, Copper Cliff. Evans Road was never the same after the boys grew up. Bill was predeceased by his first wife Mary Hutton (1940 to 1984), and is survived by his wife Marlene, sons, David (Ms. Claude Robineau) and Bryan (Rhonda), grandchildren, Bruce and Leanne.
Bill attended Haileybury School of Mines and graduated from Queens University where he began his career as a mining engineer. He worked in the Copper Cliff mines to support his schooling and upon graduation in 1963, joined INCO's new mining adventure in Thompson, MB. In 1977 Bill, Mary and his sons went to INCO's mine in Indonesia for three years. Hard work and great friends were the cornerstones of his life. His love of the outdoors was epitomized with the cottage he built on Setting Lake, MB. He loved the water, fishing, sauna and the friendships of cabin living.
In 1989 Bill found love again and married Marlene Dessler in 1991. Upon retirement Bill and Marlene enjoyed cottage and their annual 'snowbird' treks in their motorhome throughout Canada and the USA, but always finding themselves in the heart of Texas. Friends old and new were always close by. They moved to Stonewall in 1998 to enjoy small town life, while in 2015 making the move to Winnipeg to be closer to family and medical care.
Bill has been cremated and a small family service will be held on August 3, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. with live streaming on the Cropo Funeral Chapel website. His final resting place will be at home next to his Mom and Dad in Sudbury, next spring as Covid restrictions allow.
The family thanks the staff at Misericordia and St. Boniface Hospitals for taking care of Bill providing his comfort. Thanks to all the friends that have provided their comfort and support over the past week.
A donation to CancerCare Manitoba, or a charity of your choice, in memory of Bill's life would be greatly appreciated.

Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 31, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • So sorry for your loss. I just noticed a Finnish name in the obituaries so read your lovely obit. Wish I could have met him and spoke Finnish with him. My Mother is also from Parkano. Aliisa Derkach - Posted by: Aliisa Derkach (Finnish friend) on: Aug 01, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences, Marlene, David, Bryan, and family. We have fond memories of Bill as our neighbor at Setting Lake for a few years. He was always ready to have a good chat. May he Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Doug and Andrea Hamilton (friends) on: Jul 31, 2021

  • I am so sorry for the loss of Bill, Marlene. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Kathy - Posted by: Kathy Turnrt (Frienf) on: Jul 31, 2021

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