Obituary of William Davies
September 17, 1935 – September 1, 2023
Passed away peacefully at Douglas Memorial Hospital surrounded by the love and support of his family just shy of his 88th birthday.
It brings us much comfort knowing he is finally reunited with the love of his life, Sarah Davies (2011) as well as his brother John Davies. Bill was the proud father of Sarah Carleton (Thomas) Murray, Gwen (Edward) Anderson and William (Kathryn) Davies. Cherished grandfather of Stephanie, Amanda, Iain (Stefanie), David, Paige (Eoghan), Rachel and Samantha . Great Papa of his precious Elara, who lit up his world. Sadly missed by his sister Irene Deanie, his niece Lorna (Stevie) Paxton. Bill will be fondly remembered by his family in Canada and Scotland along with his many wonderful, lifelong friends.
Bill was born in Glasgow Scotland to parents William and Catherine. As a youth he was a proud member of the Boy’s Brigade, an organization which instilled in him many of the principles which guided him throughout his life and where he was taught many life skills such as swimming. He later became a member of the Royal Air Force (RAF) in Britain where he was a wireless radio operator. As a young man in Scotland Bill became a lifetime member of the Freemasons, just like his father. He continued his 60 year service as a member of the Palmers Lodge 372 and was immensely proud of his son Bill and grandson Iain for becoming members and continuing the family tradition. Bill also served as an elder in the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in St. Catharines for many years and he later became a member at Central Ave. Church and St. John’s United Church in Stevensville, where he was a member of the choir. Bill trained and worked as a switchgear fitter in Scotland and at the end of his work life retired from his job as a machine operator at Kelsey Hayes in St. Catharines. One of Bill’s great pleasures was soccer, which he played and watched all of his life. He was a semi-professional player for Shettleston in Scotland and later played for the Scottish Club in St. Catharines. He eventually became a member of the Old Timers Soccer League and enjoyed many years of coaching for the Thorold Jr B leagues. To summarize Bill’s life, he loved music, soccer, and good company, but above all else, he loved spending time with his family. He was true family man at heart.
Bill’s family would like to thank the staff and residents of Garrison Place in Fort Erie for their care and support. Special thanks to Dr. K. Scher and to the staff of the palliative care unit at Douglas Memorial Hospital for their compassion and for the excellent care that they gave to Bill in his final days.
Benner Funeral Services entrusted with arrangements. Cremation has taken place. A Funeral Service will be held at St. John’s United Church, 14789 Sodom Rd., Stevensville, on Friday, September 8, 2023 at 11:00 AM. A Masonic Service will commence first, followed by the Funeral Service. A light luncheon will be offered following the service, in the church hall. A private family interment will be held at a later time at Lakeshore Cemetery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, where he will be laid to rest with his wife Sarah. If desired, donations in Bill’s Memory may be made to the Douglas Memorial Hospital- Palliative Care Unit. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.bennerfuneralservices.ca