William Hay HEAVEN

Male 1921 - 2008


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  • Name  William Hay HEAVEN 
    Born  2 Jan 1921  Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  14 Jun 2008  Georgetown, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried  St. Andrews , St. James Cemetery, Orillia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I2  Bunker Family Tree
    Last Modified  12 Jan 2017 

    Family  Dorothy Ann Bunker,   b. 1926,   d. 3 Jan 2017, Georgetown, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1951 
    Children 
     1. Ted HEAVEN
     2. Cat HEAVEN
     3. Pam HEAVEN
     4. James HEAVEN
    Last Modified  12 Jan 2017 
    Family ID  F1  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Obituary- Orillia Packet and Times.
      William Hay HEAVEN
      WILLIAM HAY HEAVEN (1921 - 2008) - Beloved husband of Dorothy, father of four and grandfather of six, Bill died on Saturday, June 14, in Georgetown, Ont. Born in Ottawa on Jan. 2, 1921, Bill moved to Orillia at the age of eight with his mother and two brothers, after his father, an Anglican priest covering three parishes, died of pneumonia. He joined the Canadian Air Forces in 1941 and served in remote radar posts in Newfoundland and British Columbia as a sergeant of communication until the end of the war. In 1951, he married an Orillia girl, Dorothy Bunker, and with the help of a government loan for veterans and experience gleaned from the war, enrolled in the University of Toronto's electrical engineering program. After graduation, he worked on radar and broadcasting in Belleville, Ont., for Northern Electric Co., now Nortel, before transferring to London, Ont., to work on telephone research and development. Active in his church, his community and his workplace, Bill was a truly good man, never shying from adversity to stand up for his principles and the rights of others. In the late 1960's, he helped establish the Urban League of London, a city-wide civic activism group. After he retired, he worked in India and travelled to China as a volunteer for the Canadian Executive Service Organization. He never stopped enjoying life nor people; in his later years he earned his amateur pilot's licence, took up skydiving and travelled the world with his wife. When he developed Alzheimer's disease, he accepted that, too, with dignity and remarkable forbearance. He will be missed by his many friends, but most by his family, whom he cherished. Bill will be buried beside his parents at St. James' Cemetery in Orillia in a private family ceremony. A memorial will also be erected at the family cottage near Marmora, Ont., his nirvana. Donations to the Alzheimer Society would be welcome.


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