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Born: Aug 03, 1951

Date of Passing: Jan 14, 2023

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Bill, beloved husband, brother, and father, died peacefully at the St. Boniface Hospital Palliative Care Unit on January 14, 2023 from complications of PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy). Despite changes he experienced during his illness journey, his kind and gentle manner was unwavering to the end.
Bill was born August 3, 1951 in Kenora, Ontario to Larry and Julianna (Toole), the sixth of eight children. He went straight from the hospital to "camp" on Johnson Island where he spent part of every summer of his life. Time spent with family on Lake of the Woods was truly cherished and treasured.
Bill grew up in Kenora where he excelled academically, was a Queen's Scout, and played many sports including golf, baseball, and hockey. He was passionate about hockey and played for the Tuxedo Colts Oldtimers for many years.
Bill graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1972 and became a chartered accountant in 1979. He spent many of his employed years working for Brooks Equipment Ltd. and more recently as a comptroller at Acme Welding & Supply Ltd. until his retirement in June 2022.
Bill was married to the love of his life, Janet Chisholm, in Winnipeg in 1975. They settled and raised their family in Charleswood. Bill was a long-time member of the Charleswood Rotary Club and was a faithful member of St. Mary Anglican Church.
Bill is survived by his wife Janet; daughter Diane (Dave Nichol); son Eric; grandchildren Greyson and Lacey; siblings Larry (Lyn), Eleanor (Bill Kyle), Mary Pat (Rob Dickson), Honey (Tony Jones), Kevin (Deborah); sisters-in-law Sue Johnson, Barbie Chisholm, Joan Chisholm (Jeff Yee); and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers Paul and Terry.
The family would like to thank the amazing staff involved in Bill's care at St. Boniface Hospital as well as his family physician Dr. Jonathan Elkin.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Anglican Church, 3830 Roblin Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to RCCCF Inc (Rotary Club of Charleswood Charitable Foundation) or a charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 21, 2023

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Janet and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family. Judy and Earl - Posted by: Judy and Earl Turnbull (Friend) on: Feb 04, 2023

  • Bill and I spent many classroom hours together as part of our high school stream or cohort. We had a meaningful friendship due our parents and siblings connections, church youth, love of lake life and his unique sense of humour. While the rest of our high school group were pursuing extrovert ways, Bill was our ‘Steady-Eddy’ as Student Council Treasurer, characterizing a role it appears he played throughout life. My heartfelt condolences to Janet and to the Johnson family. - Posted by: April ( Holland) Wright (Classmate) on: Jan 27, 2023

  • Bill was the essence of gentle kindness and his loss will be deeply felt. This message of sincere condolence brings heartfelt thoughts and wishes to Janet and Bill's entire family. - Posted by: Shelagh (Whitehead) Cohen (Johnson Family Friend) on: Jan 25, 2023

  • Memories come flooding back of Bill and the times I shared with him as a youngster. Summers seemed never ending and were marked by Bill's birthday parties at Johnson's island. We played and swam and as we became teenagers grew apart. We met infrequently over the years after going our separate ways, marrying, having children and having careers. When we met it was probably shopping at Safeway in Kenora as Bill and family were at the cottage and came by boat to get supplies. We always stopped and chatted about our families and what had transpired through the previous year. I remember the Bill I knew as a child and regret not having a closer relationship with this remarkable man. PAUL OMG, I can hardly believe this sad news about Billy. We read it in the Saturday Free Press. What a lovely picture of him. I remember him from high school. I remember running into Billy & Janet at Shoppers Drug Mart and at the Dairy Queen in Kenora. I even ran into him & Janet at the Winnipeg Arena when I attended the "Stars on Ice" shows. I remember being in Safeway one day and it was either Diane or Eric as cashier. I recognized that it must be Billy's son or daughter by their looks and it turns out it was - Billy was such a distinguished looking man. Paul and I are so very, very sorry for the loss of your beloved Billy and send our most heartfelt condolences to all of you Janet, Diane, Eric, Larry, Mary Pat, Eleanor, Honey, Kevin & families and extended family members. Take care. MARJORIE - Posted by: Paul Jackson/Marjorie Zimmer (acquaintance) on: Jan 22, 2023

  • Janet, My condolences, Bill was a prince of a guy. My brother in law (RIP) and I enjoyed working with Bill at Clarkson Gordon - CG- early in his career. Besides work, it was good times playing CG hockey with Bill. Gus - Posted by: Gus (Former colleague) on: Jan 21, 2023

  • In my early years I spent a lot of time at the Johnson household and I remember well the day Bill was born. Bill had all the skills and good attributes of this remarkable family and his life story serves them proudly. - Posted by: Don Cameron (Friend of the Family) on: Jan 21, 2023

  • We will miss his quiet friendly manner and his visits to the farm. We send condolences to all the family. - Posted by: Dan and Carol Nichol (Friends) on: Jan 21, 2023

  • Great husband, dad and friend. One of the kindest people we have ever met. He will be missed by all who ever met him. - Posted by: Gene aria (friend & neighbour) on: Jan 21, 2023

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