Peacefully at Sunnybrook Veteran’s Centre on Monday, January 4, 2021, in his 95th year. Beloved husband of the late Mary Whiteside. Dearly loved father of Donald (Whistler, B.C.), Susan Davis (Toronto), and Allison (Toronto) and her partner Bob Weeks. Cherished poppa of Kristin and Martin Davis. Bill was the son of Clementina and William Whiteside, and brother of Joan and Ross, all predeceased. Adored uncle to many, related or otherwise, and very dear friend to all.
At 17, Bill enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force where he proudly served Canada in WWII as flight sergeant (mid upper gunner) on the Lancaster, Ghost Squadron (428). Upon his return, he fell in love with, and married, Mary in 1952. Bill had a long and successful career in the insurance industry and retired as Managing Director of Marsh and McLennan Companies Inc. Devoted to community service, Bill was a tireless volunteer, including a 60-year membership with the Wishing Well Lions Club. Together with Mary, he served as a devoted and active member of the Church of St. Andrew in Scarborough for over 55 years. Bill had a lifelong passion for sports. After returning from war, and as a 'Beacher', he paddled with the historic Balmy Beach Canoe Club where he enjoyed a decades-long membership. Golf, however, was his second love behind his family. He became a member of the Scarboro Golf and Country Club in the ‘60s and never turned back. In addition to playing the game, he contributed to the club in many ways and was best known for playing Santa Claus at the club’s annual Christmas party, arriving by helicopter and delighting generations of children. He reluctantly retired from his Santa role after 30 years, following which the club presented Bill with an Honourary Lifetime Membership for which he was incredibly humbled.
For almost three years Bill resided at Sunnybrook Veteran's Centre where he was given outstanding care. The family would like to give heartfelt thanks to the teams at K3E and LSSW, with deep appreciation to Dr. David Shergold, Chaplain Wes, primary nurses Flo and Grace, and Recreational Therapist Nicole for their loving care, especially during this past year. Sadly, due to COVID restrictions, there will be no service at this time. Our father was completely motivated by love and we are deeply proud of his lifetime of thoughtful kindness to all. In his honour, and if so inclined, tip one back for Big Beloved Bill, and consider a small act of kindness today and everyday going forward. If desired, donations to The Sunnybrook Foundation Veterans Centre or Wounded Warriors Canada would be appreciated. Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.