After a courageous battle with cancer, Bernard Henry William (Bill) Albers of Brinston, passed away peacefully on August 16, 2013, in Kemptville District Hospital. He was in his 76th year.
Bill was born on November 8, 1937, at Emmen, The Netherlands to the late Bernard Hienrick Albers and Maria Helena Valke.
When Bill was a teenager his family emigrated from Klazeinaveen in the Netherlands to Canada where they settled in Alberta.
He later moved to the Brinston area, where he owned and operated Bill’s Refrigeration and Repairs for over 25 years.
Bill will be sadly missed by his wife Alberta (Steele -Richards), son Joe (Irene) of Iroquois and daughters Louise of Cornwall, Sharon Van Bridger (Greg) of Morrisburg and Linda of Cornwall. Bill will also be missed by his brother Ben of Iroquois.
He will be dearly missed by stepdaughters Betty-Ann Jeffery (Allen) of Stittsville, Brenda DeJong (Ed) of Winchester Springs and stepsons David Richards (Kathy) of Chesterville, Ron Richards (Myra) of Calgary, Don Richards (Elle) of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Scott Richards (Tammy) of Landsdowne.
Grandpa/Poppa will be missed by 18 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, as well as two expected great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by brothers: Bernard of Holland, John of Nova Scotia, Henry of Brockville, Martin of Brinston, George of Cornwall, and sisters Alaida of Holland, Catherine (Kitty) of Holland, Ann Westover of Barwick and Mary Palmer of Brockville. .
Uncle Bill will be missed by many nieces and nephews.
Bill rested at the Byers Funeral Home, South Mountain, where visitation was held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, August 19.
A Funeral Mass was held at the Mountain Township Agriculture Hall, on Tuesday, August 20, at 11 a.m.
The pallbearers were Bradley Wylie, Rick Albers, Don Richards, David Richards, Dean McDermott and Danny Ault.
By family request, donations may be made to the Dundas County Hospice, Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.byersfuneralhomeinc.com