A resident of the Park Drive Villa in Williamsburg, for the past year, Bill Tait passed away at the Carefor Hospice in Cornwall, on Thursday, October 9, 2014, following a brief illness. He was 82.
Bill was born in Scott Township, Ontario, on September 11, 1932, to his parents Morris and Evelyn Tait (nee Carnegie).
On November 25, 1950, he married his longtime sweetheart Dorothy Cummings at her parents’ home in Uxbridge, Ontario. Together they had three daughters, Lynne, Cathy and Clara.
Bill and Dorothy raised their family in Toronto, where Bill worked as a labourer and maintained equipment at Canada Packers.
In 1967, they moved their family back to their home town of Zephyr, where Dorothy retired from her job and started raising veal calves while Bill continued to commute to Toronto.
In 1973, Bill and Dorothy decided to make farming a full-time career so they packed up their family once more and moved all of their animals and equipment to the farm on Barkley Road in Williamsburg Township.
There they ran a successful dairy operation for 16 years even through the hardship of losing their home in a devastating house fire in 1991.
Bill and Dorothy belonged to the Old Time Fiddlers, and they attended weekly dances without fail regardless of how tired they were or the weather conditions. They made numerous life-long friends.
Upon retirement, Bill and Dorothy took up their passion for travel. They hitched up their 5th wheel trailer and toured all through Canada going in all four directions, and to parts of the U.S.
Bill loved to play cards with his family, and he taught all of his girls how to count by showing them how to play cribbage. Many hours were passed playing Canasta and Rummy with his family.
In his leisure time, Bill loved being in his workshop where he built and constructed furniture, toys and lawn ornaments. His lawn was always adorned with seasonal decorations much to the delight of his grandchildren.
Bill is survived by his daughters Lynne Casselman (Graham) of R.R.# 1 Williamsburg, Cathy Tupper (Philip) of Boucks Hill and Clara Erdman (Blair Cooper) of Orleans, and by his sister Lorna Mills (Henry) of Cannington.
Bill will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Adele, James, Wendy, Adam, Chad, Leslie, Courtney, Ryan, Christian and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy, his brother Austin and his sisters Wilda Sinclair and Aldeen Esau.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m.. The service was conducted by Rev. Janet Evans. Interment followed at Maple Ridge Cemetery, Chesterville.
Pallbearers were James Garlough, Chad Garlough, Ryan Casselman, Adam Erdman, Christian Cooper and Dan Ramer.
Honorary pallbearers were Courtney Garlough, Leslie Erdman, Wendy Casselman and Adele Cowan.
Donations to the J.W. MacIntosh Senior Support Centre would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.