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Born: Jan 17, 1957

Date of Passing: Dec 02, 2019

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January 17, 1957 - December 2, 2019

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Bill Thater on December 2, 2019. With family by his side, Bill lost his battle with pancreatic cancer despite his courageous fight.
Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife Celina; brother Hans Thater (Lesia); stepsons, Adam (Michelle) Bernhardt, Dean (Brie-Ann) Bernhardt and David (Christine) Bernhardt; precious grandsons, Sam and Sheldon Bernhardt; stepmother Marianne Thater; stepsisters, Petra Noack Menzies (Bill) and Claudia Noack Mandock; stepbrother Roger Noack; sisters-in-law, Mary Wojciechowski, Elizabeth Halabus, Valentine Szun, Donna Horodynski, and brothers-in-law, Robert Schaffer and Paul Szun, along with numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Bill was a "jack of all trades" and a master of many; he was our own "MacGyver" and Mr. Fix It! There were no problems that Bill could not fix or solve! He had a heart of gold and was very generous with his help whenever anyone needed it, never asking for anything in return. We will miss his expertise and great advice.
Bill loved his trips to Cuba in the winter, but summer was his favourite. He spent most of it fishing, cutting grass on his riding lawnmower and keeping the cottage at White Mud Falls looking great. He was the BBQ king and always had a cold drink waiting for friends.
He was predeceased by his father Heinz Thater; mother-in-law Wanda Horodynski; brothers-in-law, Victor Horodynski and Richard Halabus; sisters-in-law, Donna Krowiak and Anne Schaffer; nephew Jason Horodynski, and niece Alexandra Menzies. They will all meet again in heaven above.
A Big THANK YOU to Dr. Fatoye and the staff in the Oncology Department as well as the staff on the 3rd floor, Unit 5 at Seven Oaks General Hospital for their support and excellent care.

Bill, we will never forget your kind heart
and generosity.

As per Bill's wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Bill's life will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill's memory to CancerCare Manitoba.

Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 07, 2019

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • So extremely sorry to read of Bill's passing. Our very sincere condolences to Celine and family. Bill was one hell of a Great guy as a co-worker and a friend. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. - Posted by: Lorene & Ken Fox (Friends ) on: Dec 09, 2019

  • Sorry to hear of Bill's passing, our sympathy, May he rest in peace. Gloria & Walter Urbanowich. - Posted by: walter urbanowich (Cottage friend) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • To Celina and Family Our deepest sympathy, may Bill rest in peace. Thinking about you, Hugs and kisses Basia - Posted by: Barbara Wasylkiw (FRIENDS) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • I met Bill as soon as I hired out at CN in 1987 and enjoyed working with him ever since. First as a fellow switchman for a number of years and then on the road together. He was one of my favourite to work with and I counted him as a good friend. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Wil (Friend from work) on: Dec 07, 2019

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